A path to a Sales and/or Income Tax: Governor Maggie Hassan signs Obamacare's Medicaid expansion into law
After months of rigorous debate, this week, the New Hampshire House passed SB 413, the New Hampshire Senate's version of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. On Thursday, Governor Maggie Hassan signed it into law.
From the very beginning, we recognized that, considering the landscape in Concord, it was going to be very difficult to stop Obamacare's Medicaid expansion from coming to New Hampshire. That being said, the issue was too important and ramifications too great to not speak out against it and educate our legislators why expanding Obamacare further would be so detrimental.
This week, with her signature, Governor Maggie Hassan continued to embrace Obamacare and has forever tied a law that has been riddled with failure to the Granite State. Her actions, along with those of the majority in the State House and State Senate, will forever diminish the quality of healthcare we currently have. Furthermore, they have set our state on a path towards a Sales Tax, Income Tax, or both, to fund it. When the federal government doesn't come through to foot the bill, we will not forget who was directly responsible for the terrible position it will put New Hampshire in.
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's statement on Governor Hassan signing Obamacare's Medicaid expansion into law was featured in Friday's Union Leader article on the subject, which you can read here.
New Hampshire State Senate passes an increase to the Gas Tax
On Thursday, by a vote of 15 - 9, the New Hampshire Senate passed a 22% increasein the state's Gas Tax. This proposed legislation is a result of a lack of fiscal discipline by Governor Hassan and will have a detrimental impact on New Hampshire families and small business that commute for work or rely on transportation services to make a living. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire testified in front of both the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Finance Committee in an effort to stop the hike.
With this vote, the State Senators who supported this increase voted for a pay cut for Granite Staters that commute to work or own businesses that rely on the use of motor transportation to distribute their product. We encourage you to take a look at how your State Senator voted. You can find their contact information by clicking HERE.
We are extremely disappointed in the following 15 State Senators who voted for SB 367:
While they were in the minority, we thank the following 9 State Senators who voted against SB 367:
Senator Shaheen seeing "positive results" from Obamacare
This week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her pattern of refusing to hold traditional Town Hall meetings in the Granite State, while hiding behind Tele-Town Halls from her office in Washington, D.C. Ironically enough, while on Capitol Hill, our state's senior senator continued to show how out of touch she is with New Hampshire values.
During the telephone meeting, she told a constituent that she continues to support Obamacare and that she's beginning to see "positive results" and "hear positive stories" about a law that a majority of her constituents are opposed to.
Senator Shaheen made these stunning comments despite the following:
Considering she cast the deciding vote for Obamacare and she continues to vote with President Obama 99% of the time, we aren't too surprised Senator Jeanne Shaheen still stands by the law even as it crumbles. However, her misguided and delusional belief that Granite Staters are feeling 'positive effects' from a failing Obamacare would be laughable if it didn't have such serious consequences.
From likely Obamacare-related premium hikes to 22,000 Granite Staters being kicked-off their original healthcare plans, New Hampshire is hurting because of her vote for Obamacare. Senator Shaheen would do herself well to finally have an honest conversation with her constituents about how badly the failing law is hurting them and their families. If she continues to only spend time with wealthy liberal donors in California and the most extreme members of her party on Capitol Hill, she will never understand why her beliefs about Obamacare are so out of touch with those she is supposed to represent
Obamacare's 4th Birthday, but Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter don't want to celebrate
As you might know, Sunday was the 4th anniversary of the disaster known as Obamacare being signed into law. Considering Senator Jeanne Shaheen cast the deciding vote for it in the U.S. Senate and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) voted for it in the U.S. House of Representatives, we thought they might like to celebrate its birthday. Sadly for Obamacare, neither really wanted to join the party.
Considering both Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter were so excited to vote for Obamacare four years ago, they should be happy to be associated with it in 2014. Surprisingly, they aren't. Maybe it is the fact that they would rather not be associated with a law that has kicked 22,000 Granite Staters off of their health insurance plans and has caused premiums to skyrocket. However, that is no excuse.
Even if they don't want to celebrate with Obamacare or hold Town Hall meetings to discuss it in 2014, New Hampshire residents know that they brought it to life in 2010.
Laugh of the week
Some humor for your Friday. Have a great weekend, Granite Staters!