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Wednesday
Jan222014

RLCNH - Register Now: Free Event This Saturday (1/25) Obamacare/Medicaid Expansion with Sen. Rand Paul

Stop Obamacare Expansion in New Hampshire This Saturday

 

 

Where:  

Manchester Country Club
180 South River Road
Bedford, NH 03110, USA
 

When:  
This Saturday, January 25th

1:00 – 3:00 PM Grassroots Training
4:00 – 6:00 PM Town Hall Event


Who:

Speakers:
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
State Senator Andy Sanborn
Dean Clancy (FreedomWorks) 
Aaron Day (Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
New Hampshire candidates for federal office who oppose Obamacare expansion in New Hampshire 


Sponsors: 
FreedomWorks
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire

How:

To reserve your spot, register now at http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/423627

The event is free and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  
 

Why:

This January, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.  The bill still has to pass the Senate.  This expansion represents the largest single increase in NH budget history and will not improve health outcomes for any of the intended beneficiaries but will increase costs for everyone else.  This Obamacare expansion can only be stopped if groups unite to halt this legislation.  Major polling from Gallup, FreedomWorks, and other groups shows that stopping Obamacare is the most important election issue in the 2014.  We need to work together to protect New Hampshire's status as the "Live Free or Die" state and work towards market-based reforms of our healthcare system that do not add to our dependency on the federal or state government.  

Please RSVP at http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/423627and share this message through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or any other tools that you use.  

Friday
Nov082013

RLCNH Response to Medicaid Expansion and Senate Republican Alternative

Hello Friends of the RLCNH,

I attended the Senate Republican press conference this afternoon regarding Medicaid expansion.  I have enclosed a summary of where we are with both Medicaid expansion and the Republican alternative (spoiler alert:  both plans are unacceptable).  We only have until 11/21 to prevent the largest budget increase in New Hampshire state history.  I have begun a liberty tour and will be traveling across the state discussing Medicaid expansion and recruiting candidates.  I will share the details on the trip and look forward to meeting with you to discuss our strategy.   

Medicaid Expansion Myths
 
Myth 1:  Medicaid expansion is not part of Obamacare. 
 
The expansion of Medicaid was mandatory under the Affordable Care Act.  The Supreme Court ruled that states can opt-out of Medicaid expansion.  A vote by New Hampshire Legislators in favor of Medicaid expansion is a vote for Obamacare.
 
Myth 2:  Signing-up for Medicaid expansion will SAVE New Hampshire Money: 
 
According to the Lewin Group, New Hampshire would actually save between $66-$114 million if Medicaid is NOT expanded (between 2014-2020).
 
Myth 3:  Medicaid improves health outcomes: 
 
A study of more than 12,000 adults published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that "Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes."  The study also "did not find significant changes in visits to the emergency department or hospital admissions."
 
Senate Republican Plan Myths
 
Myth 1:  The Republican Senate leadership is opposing Obamacare:  The Senate Republican plan involves taking $2.4 billion in federal money provided through Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
 
Myth 2:  The Republican Senate plan uses private health insurance and will not expand Medicaid rolls in New Hampshire: 
 
Although the plan may ultimately funnel federal money to private managed care organizations, for at least 10 months at the start of the program, the federal funds will be used to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire.
 
Myth 3:  The Republican Senate plan will be 100% paid for by the federal government and NH will not have to implement and income tax: 
 
The current Medicaid expansion plan contemplates 100% reimbursement for the first 3 years, and then a gradual reduction to 90% over a number of years thereafter.  The Republican Senate plan contemplates that unless the federal government continues the 100% subsidy at the end of 3 years, the program will sunset.  The probability of the NH legislature taking away an entitlement in 3 years is highly unlikely given the lack of precedent for any politician at the federal or state level demonstrating a willingness to take away an entitlement.  By necessity, NH will have to implement a state income tax to cover the new costs.
 
Myth 4:  We can count on the federal government to fund this program: 
 
Due to a series of increases in the debt ceiling (now exceeding $17 trillion) and multiple government shutdowns, the credit rating of the United States has been downgraded by a number of entities (starting with Standard and Poor’s).  The federal government has racked up over $128 trillion in unfunded liabilities directly related to entitlement programs.  Over the years, the federal government has lowered their reimbursement rates through Medicare and Medicaid.  In New Hampshire, the federal government cut their reimbursement rate for special education programs from 40% to 17%.  Relying on the federal government to fund the largest budget expansion in New Hampshire state history is financially unwise, and will lead to a further erosion of state sovereignty. 
 
Myth 5:  We have to act now:
 
Obamacare has been hastily implemented with disastrous consequences.  Just this week, 22000 New Hampshire residents received insurance cancellation notices.  The exchanges are NOT functioning properly, and the Healthcare.gov website has been plagued with errors.  While Governor Hassan would like to take advantage of this special session to cram through a massive entitlement, there is no need to act at all during this special session.  
 

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Aaron Day, Chairman

Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire

75 South Main Street

PMB 525

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Wednesday
Apr102013

RLCNH - lawsuit claiming that HB 1297 prohibits a partnership exchange as a type of state exchange

A lawsuit claiming that HB 1297 prohibits a partnership exchange as a type of state exchange may be worth pursuing. Also, Gov. Hassan should not be doing anything without first getting approval from the Oversight Committee we created. If you approved a partnership with the condition of a Memo of Understanding, then quite simply, that MOU is required before the governor can move forward, regardless of what the feds say.
CONCORD — New Hampshire has been awarded a $5.3 million federal grant to help implement a health i...
Tuesday
Oct232012

RLCNH SPONSORING FORUM WEDNESDAY TO EDUCATE VOTERS ON TWO CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS 

If There Ever Was Any Doubt, RLCNH Supports the Income Tax Ban and the Balance of Powers Amendments

CONCORD, N.H.—The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire is sponsoring a forum Wednesday evening at St. Thomas More College to educate voters on the importance of passing questions one and two on the Nov. 6 ballot. These two constitutional amendments would permanently ban a New Hampshire income tax and properly balance the power of the courts by providing legislative oversight of the court’s rule-making process.

Details: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, 6 Manchester Street, Merrimack, N.H.

State Reps. Paul Mirski, Paul Ingbretson, Dan Itse and Gregory Sorg will present information on the two constitutional questions, and then they will answer questions from the audience. Rep. Mirski is the prime sponsor of both amendments, and the three other representatives are well versed in the rationale behind these changes. All four of them will be a great resource for anyone who doesn’t understand why these changes are necessary.

Question 1 on the ballot would add a constitutional ban on a personal income tax in New Hampshire using the language passed by the Legislature as CACR 13.

“With the passage of question one, the people will be helping to guarantee future generations a limited, affordable government that does only what is essential to keep order and leaves the rest to a free people, just as our founders intended,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “By passing this constitutional amendment, the People will be agreeing with the Legislature that its budget cuts this past session were just the start of a new era in New Hampshire of responsible governing. The people will be ensuring stability in budgeting and taxation, and consequently, a more stable economic environment for job growth, entrepreneurship and prosperity.”

Question 2 would restore some oversight over New Hampshire’s Judicial Branch by the people through their Legislature. Due to an amendment in 1978, there is currently no oversight over New Hampshire’s court system, a very dangerous situation that this amendment would fix. The Legislature passed this language on to the people for consideration via CACR 26.

“This constitutional amendment will put the court back in its place as an interpreter of law for individual cases and not as the policy maker that explains how the law must be applied in all situations—that is a power reserved for the people’s Legislature alone,” McKinney said. “When the powers of government are balanced and held in check by one another, there is a greater chance that no branch of government will grow too strong or powerful, and that the people will remain free. Restoring this balance of power is the purpose of question two.”

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About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote the ideals of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and adherence to the N.H. and U.S. Constitutions among Republican Party officials and throughout the state by identifying and supporting candidates sympathetic with the organization’s ideals, and by supporting, through public education and outreach, initiatives in the N.H. Legislature that further these ideals. For more information about the RLCNH, please visit rlcnh.org.

Tuesday
Oct022012

RLCNH-SPONSORED RESOLUTION FOR OPPOSING RNC RULE CHANGE PASSES AT N.H. GOP STATE CONVENTION

Delegates to N.H. GOP State Convention Overwhelmingly Reject RNC Rule 12 As Antithetical to Republican Values

CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire Republicans overwhelmingly supported the party’s traditional bottom-up power structure at the N.H. GOP State Convention on Saturday in a nearly unanimous voice vote that passed a RLCNH-sponsored resolution rejecting RNC Rule 12 and asserting the primacy of RNC delegates in setting party rules.

The resolution, incorporated below, is a rejection of Rule 12, which was passed under questionable circumstances during the Republican National Convention in Tampa along with other problematic rules. The rules impose a top-down structure of governance over the party’s traditional grassroots makeup and reduce the power and autonomy of state and local party organizations by removing their oversight over the national organization.  

“Although the effort to pass Saturday’s resolution was led by liberty-minded Republicans through the RLCNH, it is clear from the overwhelming support of the New Hampshire GOP delegates that Republicans from all corners of the party are concerned about the new national party rules,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “I’m so proud that even after a contentious state party platform debate, the New Hampshire Republican Party sent a strong, united message to the RNC.

“After all, one of the cornerstones of the Grand Old Party is a belief in republicanism, which is the idea that power is distributed and limited by checks and balances,” McKinney added. “Those values are embodied in our Constitution and they were the basis of the Republican Party when it was founded and for most of its history. This resolution will hopefully send a message from all Republicans in New Hampshire that we want our party to remain republican, because those are the values that will give us the moral foundation to continue to advance our Republican ideals.”

RESOLUTION TO RESTORE THE POWER OF THE GOP GRASSROOTS

Whereas, the new party rules at the Republican National Convention in Tampa were adopted under questionable circumstances with disregard for convention rules;

Whereas, the new rules impose a top-down structure of governance in place of the party’s traditional bottom-up structure and reduce the power and autonomy of state and local party organizations;

Whereas, the changes to Rule 12 give unprecedented power to the national committee to change party rules without the input and approval of state parties and their members;

Whereas, it is to benefit of the New Hampshire Republican Party that First in the Nation rules not be open to change between conventions;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

We condemn Rule 12 as antithetical to Republican values and assert the primacy of the delegates to the Republican Convention in setting party rules;

We reject the new top-down structure of governance as detrimental to the long-term success of the Republican Party.

It’s important to note that New Hampshire Republicans were the first to advance this resolution at a state party convention in an effort to lead the nation’s Republicans in a grassroots’ effort to reclaim the party for the people. RLCNH Chairman Carolyn McKinney was the author and sponsor of the resolution, and she was the only state delegate to speak about the resolution before it was almost unanimously adopted. Various observers said the voice vote enjoyed 90:10 support.

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About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote the ideals of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and adherence to the N.H. and U.S. Constitutions among Republican Party officials and throughout the state by identifying and supporting candidates sympathetic with the organization’s ideals, and by supporting, through public education and outreach, initiatives in the N.H. Legislature that further these ideals. For more information about the RLCNH, please visit rlcnh.org.