UPDATE: The targeted version of the radio ad that begins airing in NH tomorrow will now take to task State Sen. John Reagan, in addition to Sen. Andy Sanborn, for their vocal opposition to the Health Protection Program (SB 413). Reagan’s flip-flop for and now against SB 413 was a cruel joke at the expense of the clear majority of state residents and all the Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, and small business owners who support this life and cost saving legislation – and only his extreme Tea Party fan base find it funny. Sen. Reagan deserves to be held accountable in the public square for playing political games with the health security of 42,000 Granite Staters.
Listen to the ad here: http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/with_vote_set_in_nh_state_senate_on_medicaid_expansion_new_ad_says_uninsure/
§ BACKGROUND: Union Leader, Feb. 28: ‘After voting for it in committee, Sen. [John] Reagan says he opposes health care expansion compromise’
New Ad Campaign Appeals to New Hampshire Lawmakers to Accept Federal Dollars to Cover 42,000 Uninsured Granite Staters in Need and Keep Premiums Down for Everyone Else
Too Many New Hampshire Families Are Living Sick and One ER Visit Away from Bankruptcy When They Don’t Have To, and the NH State Senate Has a Chance to Do Something About It This Week
Click Below to Listen to ‘No Way to Live’ :
Washington DC – Americans United for Change is hitting the radio waves in New Hampshire this week to echo the calls on state lawmakers from Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, and small business owners to expand Medicaid, because it’s a win-win for the state: healthier citizens and a healthier economy. It comes as NH State Senate prepares to vote this week on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program (SB 413), legislation to accept available federal resources to cover the at least 42,000 workers in the state who are not impoverished enough to qualify for Medicaid and earn too much to qualify for subsidies to get private insurance in the new health law’s Exchange. The ad called ‘No Way to Live’ airing in Concord and Manchester reminds lawmakers of the added benefits of covering the working uninsured, including new jobs and lower premiums for everyone due to a significant reduction in uncompensated care at the ER. *See script and fact sheet below.
The ad comes on the heels of a new poll out this week from New England College showing that two-thirds (66 percent) of New Hampshire residents support the Health Protection legislation before the NH Senate, while just 25 percent opposes it and 10 percent said they are unsure. Last year, state Republicans narrowly blocked similar legislation in the NH Senate last year, claiming ‘sticker shock.’ It remains a very poor excuse today considering that the first three years are totally paid for by the federal government; and the additional spending starting in 2017 would amount to less than 3 percent more than what New Hampshire would have spent on Medicaid anyways in the absence of the health law. The economic and health benefits for New Hampshire of accepting Medicaid resources far outweigh the marginal added costs years down the road.
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change “It’s unfortunate that New Hampshire Republicans decided last year they would rather stick it to the President than stick up for 42,000 of their uninsured constituents in need. In the end, they only managed to stick it to the rest of their constituents in the form of higher premiums to cover emergency room care that would have otherwise been compensated. Let’s hope this year these Republicans start listening to voices other than those from the Tea Party extreme and stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. Before they vote on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program, these lawmakers should listen to Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, small business owners and the clear majority of voters who see nothing but positive economic and health benefits for the state in accepting these resources sitting on the table – resources that are guaranteed to save lives, money, and create jobs.”
Americans United recently ran a similar ad campaign in Nebraska, urging its state legislature to do right by their constituents by expanding Medicaid.
Americans United for Change is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization established in 2005 to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security and that has been working ever since to advance a progressive agenda in Congress including covering America’s uninsured and protecting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security from benefit cuts.