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Gov. Roemer's Statement on Obamacare in the Supreme Court 

Let's demand real reforms from the Presidential candidates.  
Manchester, NH – Governor Buddy Roemer today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of three cases involving Obamacare, or the requirement that individuals must purchase government approved health insurance by 2014:
“I applaud the Supreme Court for granting certiorari in these cases, and say ‘It’s about time.’ I am confident the Supreme Court will rule consistent with what the American people already know: the Commerce Clause has been overly expanded by the Obama administration, resulting in a loss of individual freedom. We are headed in the wrong direction with Obamacare, towards a system of less choice, less competition, lower quality healthcare, and higher premiums. As President, I will move us in the right direction – more choice, more competition, better health care for Americans.”
“Once Obamacare is ruled to be unconstitutional, I will do the hard work as President of replacing it with a health care system that works. I don’t hear the other Presidential candidates discussing real reforms. It’s easy enough to criticize Obamacare. It’s harder to propose a working system in its place.”
“Maybe it’s because I’m a 40 year diabetic that I care so much about this issue. Maybe it’s because I am not bought and paid for by big pharmaceutical companies or Super PAC’s. But whatever the reason, I will bring real reform to the health care industry. Specifically, I would:
1)      Make insurance companies subject to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, so that they could not have 50 separate monopolies in each state;
2)      Make pharmaceutical companies compete on price (they are specifically exempted under Obamacare currently);
3)      Implement tort-reform, to lower the cost of insurance premiums; and
4)      Provide incentives for medical providers to save money, by allowing them to keep 25% of savings if they maintain quality and pass on 75% of the savings to the consumer."
"That’s real reform. I challenge the candidates who take special interest money to come up with something better.”


NH House Leaders Commend Executive Councilors for Rebuke of Obamacare 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today commended Executive Councilors Daniel St. Hillaire (R-Concord), Christopher Sununu (R-Newfields), and David Wheeler (R-Milford) for their vote to table a contract that would bring in a $333,000 federal grant to begin implementing an ObamaCare insurance exchange in New Hampshire.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“Continually Americans and Granite Staters have demonstrated they are opposed to ObamaCare. Further, given the strong possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could find ObamaCare unconstitutional, it makes no sense to waste $333,000 of the taxpayers’ money. We congratulate the executive councilors who took a principled stance in not approving this contract and hope that it will ultimately be rejected and the money sent back to Washington. We, in New Hampshire, are not interested in these costly mandates that persistently have federal strings attached. When the money gets back to Washington it should be used to cut the federal debt – an idea our taxpayers certainly would support.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“Last November, a major reason why the voters repudiated the big-government Democrat agenda was because of their plan to take over Americans’ health care.  Republicans campaigned on a clear message of restoring our freedom to make our own health care decisions and I commend the Executive Councilors who voted against approval for keeping their word. We will work hard to elect a Republican to the corner office in November as it is clear the likes of Maggie Hassan and any other Democrat gubernatorial candidate will remain in lock-step with Obama in forcing this disastrous healthcare takeover down our throats. Republicans will continue to take every opportunity to block this assault on our liberty.”


ALG expresses outrage over revelations that fund intended to help early retirees raided by unions 

Oct. 31, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement commenting on a new GAO report finding government agencies and union health plans looting an HHS program that was supposed to be targeted at retirees:

"The Halloween horror story of ObamaCare continues to unfold as Senator Mike Enzi  announced that a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed that a program designed to help early retirees has effectively been looted by 24 organizations.  The Health and Human Services (HHS) program has paid out $2.9 billion with a majority going to government entities and union health plans.

"It is obscene that these Obama-favored institutions look at this and other programs like a trick or treater views an unattended candy bowl.   Not surprisingly, the United Auto Workers Medical Benefits Trust received the largest amount of taxpayer largesse. 

"It is time for Obama to end these payoffs to politically connected constituencies and return the remaining funds for the program to the U.S. Treasury.   Taxpayers are tired of the gluttony of Obama's union friends."


NH Majority Leader Praises House GOP Members for Voting Against ObamaCare Funds 

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today praised House Republicans for remaining united and unanimously voting to reject federal money establishing a  health insurance exchange for the federal health care reform law, often called ObamaCare.  Ultimately, the Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to accept the funds, with the Senate members joining the lone House Democrat, Sharon Nordgren (Hanover), to pass the item by a 6-4 vote.  Republican Representatives Ken Weyler (Kingston), Stephen Stepanek (Amherst), Dan McGuire (Epsom)  and John Reagan (Deerfield) unanimously voted against accepting the ObamaCare money.

 House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

 “I am proud of the Republican House members who stood together and  unanimously voted against bringing ObamaCare to New Hampshire.  We simply cannot afford to allow the federal takeover of our healthcare here in the Granite State.  ObamaCare is an unaffordable, destructive effort that will hurt quality, drive up costs and bankrupt the taxpayers. We should be sending a strong message that we oppose this scheme.  While I am certainly disappointed in the passage of this item, I’m proud that all the House Republicans stood before the gates and said no to this big government disaster.  We will continue to fight ObamaCare wherever we get the opportunity.”


CEI Daily - Obamacare and the Constitution 



According to a new study, Obamacare could increase insurance premiums by almost 85%. 


Senior Counsel Hans Bader comments.


"Obamacare also harms medical advances, patients, and employers. And it contains racial discrimination and racial preferences that were criticized by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. It’s not living up to its backers’ promises."







CEI President Fred Smith has a new blog post and video podcast on the Constitution. Read and watch here.