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Saturday
Mar212015

NRSC - Time for a FULL REPEAL and REPLACEMENT of Obamacare!

   

Friend,

We are 3 days out from the 5th anniversary of one of the most devastating pieces of federal legislation ever crafted in this country: Obamacare.

The rollout was a disaster, but the implementation is an even greater fiasco:

•    Thousands of Americans have been dropped from their insurance plans

•    Health care premiums have SKYROCKETED for many Americans

•    Obamacare’s employer mandate is set to cost American companies over $100 BILLION in fines for those who fail to comply   

•    Countless other harmful effects to our economy remain to be seen
 

It's time for a FULL REPEAL and REPLACEMENT of Obamacare!

Sign our petition if you agree!




  

 

 


Wednesday
Mar182015

NHDP - Bill O’Brien Budget Part 2: “Who Will Plow Our Roads?” 

 

 

 

 

House GOP Also Puts Medicaid Expansion “On The Chopping Block,” Repealing Health Coverage for Over 36,000 Granite Staters and Counting
 

Concord, N.H. – Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget cuts are continuing in Concord, as House Republicans work to slash funding for the Department of Transportation and repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting.
 
“In the absence of a sensible budget plan, House Republicans are simply proposing to recycle Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget that hurt New Hampshire’s families, businesses and economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “These are real people’s lives we’re talking about, yet House Republicans are determined to repeal health coverage from 36,000 Granite Staters and leave our roads unplowed out of pure politics.”
 
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to slash funding for DOT, resulting in less plowing, fewer bridge inspections, and a halt to the expansion of I-93:
 
The Associated Press reported that Deputy Transportation Commissioner Patrick McKenna told the House Finance Committee, "Passing this bill is not passing a budget — it's passing the buck."
 
Adding that McKenna explained, “the cut would mean 50 to 70 percent reductions in engineering functions, halting progress on the Interstate 93 expansion and allowing for fewer bridge inspections. It would mean a 9 percent reduction for winter maintenance, forcing the closure of 16 highway maintenance facilities across the state. In total, 321 employees — out of a workforce of around 1,650 — would lose their jobs, and 84 vacant jobs would be eliminated, he said. Cutting state money could also jeopardize federal funds.”
 
The Concord Monitor also quoted Gary Stevens, a DOT worker who said, “Who will plow our roads in the winter? Do you want your wife, children, grandchildren… friends or constituents to drive on unsafe roads or bridges?”
 
WMUR also covered House Republicans’ so-called “plan” that would result in over 300 layoffs at DOT and make New Hampshire’s roads less safe.
 
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting:
 
WMUR reported, “Medicaid expansion is on the chopping block,” adding that Democrats are also “decrying a number of proposed reductions in the HHS budget: Meals on Wheels, the Sununu Youth Services Center and homeless shelters.”
 
The Concord Monitor reported that enrollment through Medicaid expansion “ has surpassed the state’s expectations for the first year of the program.”
 
Adding that “While criticized by some lawmakers at the State House, the program has earned praise from the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. A recent report from the hospital association found that the state’s hospitals saw a 17 percent reduction in uninsured patients’ visits to emergency rooms between 2013 and 2014, as well as a 15 percent reduction in the number of uninsured inpatient admissions.”
Tuesday
Mar102015

NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Op-Ed: State’s Health Care Expansion Plan is Working 

ICYMI: Concord Monitor Op-Ed: State’s Health Care Expansion Plan is Working
    
Key Point: "As the long budget-writing season begins, I have one simple request for our representatives in Concord: Let us have an honest discussion about Medicaid expansion based on facts, not Sarah Palin-esque fear-mongering."

Concord Monitor: My Turn: State’s health care expansion plan is working
By Dr. Travis Harker
http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/15956262-95/my-turn-states-health-care-expansion-plan-is-working

Remember Sarah Palin’s “death panel” myth?

While Palin’s ludicrous claim was thoroughly debunked long ago, the far right’s scare-mongering tactics to mislead the public live on.

If there’s been one constant throughout the history of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, it’s that opponents will not let anything – including the facts – get in the way of their arguments.

Two years ago, when I was serving on the Medicaid expansion study commission, I was impressed by the bipartisan effort to understand the facts about the benefits and costs of crafting a New Hampshire solution for the uninsured citizens of New Hampshire. It took the leadership of Senate Republicans to look past the sound bites and misinformation by a few well-funded extremists to craft the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan to benefit the people of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire’s bipartisan health care expansion plan is working. To date, more than 36,000 Granite Staters now have access to quality, affordable health coverage – many of them for the first time.

Many Granite Staters will remember that New Hampshire’s business community called on lawmakers to pass the expansion plan because it reduces cost-shifting onto families and businesses, makes our workforce healthier and boosts our state’s economy. And we’re already beginning to see the results.

But in light of the bipartisan plan’s success, new falsehoods are now being claimed – such as that Medicaid expansion is hurting seniors, children and the disabled by causing budget challenges at the Department of Health and Human Services.

That claim is simply not true.

The budget challenges at DHHS are due to more children getting on traditional Medicaid as the result of a change in federal law, not due to Medicaid expansion (which is paid for entirely by the federal government through 2016, with funding never dropping below 90 percent after that).

Additionally, Republicans in the Legislature insisted on unspecified “back-of-the-budget” cuts at DHHS – meaning legislators cut funds for the department without identifying which services should be reduced as a result. This practice allows legislators to avoid making tough decisions, letting them instead hide behind department heads who are later forced to cut services in order to ensure a balanced budget. Faced with these challenges, DHHS was forced to make tough choices, including foregoing a rate increase for nursing homes.

The budget that Gov. Hassan presented to the Legislature moves away from shaky budget tricks that have allowed the Legislature to promise more services than DHHS could really afford.

More importantly, the governor’s transparent and fiscally responsible budget reauthorizes the bipartisan expansion plan, providing the funds required to cover New Hampshire’s share in the next biennium.

For the sake of New Hampshire’s economy, and the health and economic well-being of our people, it’s crucial that the Legislature reauthorizes our successful expansion plan.

Members of the Republican leadership have shown that they can move beyond partisan politics to do what is right for New Hampshire. I’m hopeful that they will demonstrate the same leadership on this critical issue.

As the long budget-writing season begins, I have one simple request for our representatives in Concord: Let us have an honest discussion about Medicaid expansion based on facts, not Sarah Palin-esque fear-mongering.

(Travis Harker is a family doctor at the Concord Family Health Center and a former president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.)
Tuesday
Feb242015

US Rep Guinta fighting to resolve top concerns heard at townhalls 

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta hosted two townhalls last week – one in Manchester and the other in Laconia.  This represents Congressman Guinta’s second and third townhalls since being sworn into the 114th Congress.

“The top two concerns I heard from constituents during last week’s townhalls echoed the apprehensions I’ve heard from Granite Staters since I took office earlier this year.  First and foremost, our economy remains stagnant while the cost-of-living increases and take-home pay decreases.  Secondly, families and small businesses continue to grapple with offsetting the harmful effects of the President’s healthcare law. 

To resolve these concerns, I wrote legislation to repeal the devastating Cadillac tax under the President’s healthcare law which is set to inflict a 40% tax on workers’ health care plans – running up healthcare costs for individuals, companies, municipalities and taxpayers. Additionally, I introduced bipartisan legislation to rein in Washington’s “spend first, pay later” mentality which has resulted in rampant government waste and abuse.  Every dollar the government wastes on duplicative programs and agencies could – and should – go back to your pockets for you to spend as you see fit.  I look forward to working with our communities in the state and both parties in Washington to enact these bills into law."

 

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Thursday
Feb192015

NH House Republicans Comment on Defeat of Single-Payer Health Care Bill 

CONCORD - House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) and House Commerce Committee member Rep. Joe Hannon (R-Lee) today offered the following statements on the defeat of HB 686, a bill sponsored by House Democrats that would have established a socialized single payer health care system in  New Hampshire. The bill was killed by a majority voice vote.

 

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

 

“I’d like to thank our Vermont neighbors for bringing to light the crippling costs associated with implementing a single payer health care system. They’ve abandoned their plan for socialized medicine, and today, the New Hampshire House roundly rejected this bill that would have led to skyrocketing taxes and a reduction in the quality of and access to care.”

 

Rep. Joe Hannon (R-Lee), House Commerce Committee


“Bringing forward legislation of this nature while we are still in the early stages of the Affordable Care Act is a tacit admission that Obamacare is a failed policy.”

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