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NH Sen. Bradley Statement on Commerce Committee Vote to ITL HB668 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the following statement today after the Commerce Committee recommended HB668 Inexpedient to Legislate, effectively ending any possibility of state involvement in Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) health care exchanges:

“Last year, Governor Lynch signed legislation prohibiting the creation of a state-based health care exchange under ObamaCare.  Contrary to the clear intention of that law, Governor Hassan and the Insurance Department have nevertheless been leading the state towards an ObamaCare exchange.  Today’s vote in the Commerce Committee makes it clear New Hampshire will not be directly involved in the establishment or operation of a health care exchange in the state.  Joining the federal government in this scheme will leave New Hampshire taxpayers and businesses on the hook for implementing the federal government’s health care takeover plans with little or no control over the direction it takes here in the state.  

Similar to the Finance Committee’s decision on delaying any expansion of Medicaid until the issue is better understood, today’s vote in the Commerce Committee puts New Hampshire in line with 26 other states that have chosen to put the brakes on state involvement in ObamaCare exchanges because of the ongoing confusion about what this new entitlement will mean to taxpayers, businesses, patients and providers.”



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement applauding the Senate Commerce Committee's vote to reject rules that would put New Hampshire on a path towards a state based ObamaCare exchange:


"I applaud the Senate Commerce Committee's vote to recommend rejecting HB 668 because this legislation would put us on a path towards a state based health care exchange. Governor Hassan is trying to circumvent a law signed by Governor Lynch that prohibits a state based exchange, and essentially establish one on her own. Her reckless behavior would expose New Hampshire taxpayers to the devastating effects of President Obama's budget busting health care law.


"Polls show that Granite Staters overwhelmingly disapprove of ObamaCare because they know that it will hurt small businesses, damage our economy and kill jobs. Governor Hassan's backdoor attempt to impose a state based ObamaCare exchange shows that she is out of touch with New Hampshire's fiscally responsible values."




According to a poll released by the University of New Hampshire on April 11, 2013, 49% of Granite Staters disapprove of ObamaCare while only 34% support it.  



A State Insurance Exchange Would Voluntarily Accept Obamacare and Send State Taxpayers the Bill

CONCORD, N.H.—The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire applauds the 10-6 vote of the N.H. House Commerce Committee to pass HB 1297, which would prohibit the state from establishing a state health insurance exchange under the terms of Obamacare, and the RLCNH also urges the full House and Senate to pass this health care freedom bill for the good of all U.S. citizens.

“By passing this bill, the State of New Hampshire will be standing with the majority of states opposing Obamacare, which is an unconstitutional power grab that will ironically raise the cost of health care, decrease the quality and accessibility of care and destroy the liberties of people to control their own lives,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “Due to a flaw in the federal law, the more states that opt not to create a state health insurance exchange, the more necessary it will be for Congress to reopen the law for amendment, and that gives liberty-minded Republicans the opportunity they’ll need to remove unconstitutional elements of the law and draft free market solutions for reducing the cost of health insurance.”

So far, 28 states are suing the federal government to prevent Obamacare’s implementation, and the courts have said these states would strengthen their case if they refused to implement a state exchange. The Supreme Court is due to rule on Obamacare’s constitutionality this Spring. So far, New Hampshire has not joined the lawsuit opposing Obamacare because Attorney General Michael Delaney brazenly said he would refuse such an order from the Legislature. However, by passing HB 1297, the New Hampshire Legislature would be doing more to repeal Obamacare than the lawsuit could ever do.

In fact, the fate of the Obamacare lawsuit may actually be irrelevant to the act’s repeal. If enough states refuse to create a state health insurance exchange, the Congress will be forced to reopen the law. Obamacare currently says states that do not create a state insurance exchange will default to a federal exchange. And here’s the rub: the law provides subsidies for insurance companies involved in a state exchange, but not in a federal exchange. Thus, to make the law work without putting the gigantic price tag for insurers on the law like everyone feared, it would have to be reopened and amended. That process would invite many more changes than a simple fix, and the law would likely be repealed and replaced, a resolution that Republicans and 63 percent of the population supports.

“Doing everything we can in New Hampshire to repeal Obamacare remains a top priority of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, and passing HB 1297 will absolutely help us achieve this end,” McKinney said. “Obamacare is at the heart of an incredible assault on liberty by the current Administration. Our health care touches every part of who we are and the decisions we make. If we allow the government to control to this extent such an intimate, integral part of our lives, we have totally succumbed to tyranny.”

Ultimately, implementing a state health insurance exchange in New Hampshire would voluntarily bind the state under the control of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department while sending New Hampshire taxpayers the bill.

Contrary to arguments from some insurance regulators, insurance companies and industry groups, creating a state exchange will remove New Hampshire’s local control and ensure Obamacare is fully enacted in New Hampshire, whether the federal law is repealed or not. In addition, establishing a state insurance exchange under Obamacare requires the state to pay for the full cost of implementation starting in 2015, which could cost New Hampshire taxpayers anywhere from $10 million to $47 million a year, according to HTMS, a North Dakota health care consulting company.

“If Republicans act now to definitively reject a state exchange, the Republican Legislature stands a great chance of fulfilling the mandate of New Hampshire voters and leading the way toward true health insurance reform,” McKinney said.

For more information on why state exchanges are a bad idea, please read the following reports from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy Studies, the Cato Institute, the Goldwater Institute and the Idaho Freedom Foundation.


About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
RLCNH, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote and advance traditional Republican Party values, such as low taxes and spending, limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and loyalty to the U.S. and N.H. constitutions.


Bass Named to Key Energy & Commerce Subcommittees

WASHINGTON – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) was recently named to three key subcommittees on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Bass will serve as a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, with oversight over interstate and foreign telecommunications policy; the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy, which focuses on environmental regulations and their economic impact; and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, which oversees consumer protection and product liability, among other issues.

Bass said:

“I’m honored to be named to these three extremely important subcommittees.  This year, the Committee will be tackling a host of issues important to the people of New Hampshire and across the country, from expanding broadband access to rural communities, to reforming health care, to ensuring we make it easier for businesses to grow and create jobs.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on this busy agenda.”