NH House Republican Leader Comments on Senate Passage of SB413 Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following statement in reaction to the State Senate vote on SB413, relative to access to health insurance coverage. The bill passed the Senate by a 18-5 vote The bill will likely be heard in the House Finance Committee on Monday.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“House Republicans aren’t convinced this bill is the right solution for New Hampshire. There are a number of Republican members who won’t vote for any program tied to the failed Obamacare law. There are concerns about how the state will be able to pay for this type of entitlement expansion in perpetuity and if that could lead to significant budget problems down the road. This type and scale of program represents the largest increase in spending New Hampshire has seen for some time, and it is dependent on funding from the federal government who can’t seem to keep many promises.”

“If New Hampshire does go down this road, we need assurances that we’re not in the slightest way getting in over our heads. Waivers should be in place before any aspect of any program moves forward. Cost and participation estimates are just estimates. There should be some mechanism by which the program cost or enrollment cannot balloon out of control. House Republicans will offer amendments to help reduce our exposure to fiscal disaster, but we cannot eliminate our reasonable doubts or erase the potential for problems.”