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Wednesday
Apr022014

NHDP - ALL of the Out-of-Touch, Koch-Backed Republican Federal Candidates Oppose Extending Health Insurance

NHGOP Recruits for Senate, Congress Running on “Repeal” Agenda, Aligned with Third Party Special Interests

Concord, NH—Last week, as Governor Maggie Hassan signed a law that will give 50,000 New Hampshire families access to health insurance, ALL of New Hampshire’s Republican candidates for federal office continued to stand in fierce opposition to Medicaid Expansion, even while a majority of the Republican caucus in the State House supported the measure. By opposing Medicaid Expansion, Republican candidates Scott Brown, Frank Guinta, Dan Innis, Marilinda Garcia, and Gary Lambert continue to prove they are members of the Republican establishment who havedrank the Kool-Aid, running on a Koch-Rove agenda at the expense of New Hampshire’s families.
 
 “Frankly, it’s no surprise that all of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s candidates—Brown, Guinta, Innis, Garcia, and Lambert—are opposing a bipartisan, commonsense initiative that will expand health coverage to 50,000 more families in our state,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “This was an important compromise made between both parties in the New Hampshire Legislature and Governor Hassan to ensure that tens of thousands of families will no longer have to choose between getting the care they need and going bankrupt. New Hampshire families deserve representatives that put their concerns before the third party special interests spending millions of dollars to get their candidates elected so they can represent Big Oil and Wall Street.”
 
Republican Senate President Chuck Morse praised the bipartisan Medicaid Expansion compromise as “a New Hampshire solution.”  The New Hampshire Business and Industry Association announced support for expansion, citing that “health care providers aren’t reimbursed for treating uninsured patients, which ultimately impacts the amount cost-shifted onto other payers, such as businesses and their employees.”  The state senate passed expansion with broad bipartisan support including the more than half of the Republican caucus. And Republicans Fergus Cullen and Rep. Herb Richardson have publicly stated that they have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, the latter even interrupting Brown’s speech in his home to tell him that the ACA has been a “financial lifesaver.”
Friday
Mar072014

AUFC Lauds NH Senate for Voting to Expand Medicaid

www.americansunitedforchange.org

Clearing Path for 50,000 Granite Staters to Finally Access Quality, Affordable Health Care

Washington DC – Hailing it as a major victory for New Hampshire’s health and economy, Americans United for Change praised the New Hampshire Senate for passing the bipartisan Health Protection Program (SB 413), legislation to accept available federal resources to cover the around 50,000 workers in the state who are not impoverished enough to qualify for Medicaid and earn too much to qualify for subsidies to get private insurance in the new health law’s Exchange.  With bipartisan support, the SB 413 cleared the Republican-controlled Senate by an 18-5 margin and is now on all-but-certain path to becoming law as it now goes before a Democratic-controlled state House and a supportive Governor. 

This week Americans United for Change aired radio ads in Manchester and Concord appealing to Senators to support a healthier New Hampshire and taking to task State Sens. Andy Sanborn (R-District-09) and John Reagan (R-District-17) for their vocal, Tea Party-influenced opposition.  Listen to ‘No Way to Live’ here: http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/with_vote_set_in_nh_state_senate_on_medicaid_expansion_new_ad_says_uninsure/

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “Lives will be saved, health will be improved, and insurance premiums will come down in New Hampshire as a direct result of what the state Senate did today, and they should be proud.  The Senate listened to the chorus of Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, small business owners and the clear majority of voters who understand the economic and health benefits for the state in accepting these federal resources, including hundreds of new health sector jobs and less cost shifting onto the insured to make up for uncompensated care. A healthier New Hampshire means a wealthier New Hampshire.”

A new survey out this week from New England College showed that two-thirds (66 percent) of New Hampshire residents support SB413, while just 25 percent opposes it and 10 percent said they are unsure.  Until the bitter end, Tea Party beholden lawmakers like Sens. Sanborn and Reagan repeated their poor ‘sticker shock’ excuse for why they opposed SB 413, despite the fact that the first three years are totally paid for by the federal government; and the additional spending starting in 2017 would amount to less than 3 percent more than what New Hampshire would have spent on Medicaid anyways in the absence of the health law.  The economic and health benefits for New Hampshire of accepting Medicaid resources far outweigh the marginal added costs years down the road.

Wednesday
Mar052014

AUFC - New Ad Campaign Appeals to NH Lawmakers To Support Medicaid Expansion

UPDATE: The targeted version of the radio ad that begins airing in NH tomorrow will now take to task State Sen. John Reagan, in addition to Sen. Andy Sanborn, for their vocal opposition to the Health Protection Program (SB 413).  Reagan’s flip-flop for and now against SB 413 was a cruel joke at the expense of the clear majority of state residents and all the Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, and small business owners who support this life and cost saving legislation – and only his extreme Tea Party fan base find it funny. Sen. Reagan deserves to be held accountable in the public square for playing political games with the health security of 42,000 Granite Staters.


Listen to the ad here: http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/with_vote_set_in_nh_state_senate_on_medicaid_expansion_new_ad_says_uninsure/

 

§  BACKGROUND: Union Leader, Feb. 28: ‘After voting for it in committee, Sen. [John] Reagan says he opposes health care expansion compromise’

www.americansunitedforchange.org

New Ad Campaign Appeals to New Hampshire Lawmakers to Accept Federal Dollars to Cover 42,000 Uninsured Granite Staters in Need and Keep Premiums Down for Everyone Else 

 

Too Many New Hampshire Families Are Living Sick and One ER Visit Away from Bankruptcy When They Don’t Have To, and the NH State Senate Has a Chance to Do Something About It This Week

 

Click Below to Listen to ‘No Way to Live’ :
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**Version Making Examples of State Sens. Andy Sanborn and John Rausch

 

Washington DCAmericans United for Change is hitting the radio waves in New Hampshire this week to echo the calls on state lawmakers from Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, and small business owners to expand Medicaid, because it’s a win-win for the state: healthier citizens and a healthier economy.  It comes as NH State Senate prepares to vote this week on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program (SB 413), legislation to accept available federal resources to cover the at least 42,000 workers in the state who are not impoverished enough to qualify for Medicaid and earn too much to qualify for subsidies to get private insurance in the new health law’s Exchange.   The ad called ‘No Way to Live’ airing in Concord and Manchester reminds lawmakers of the added benefits of covering the working uninsured, including new jobs and lower premiums for everyone due to a significant reduction in uncompensated care at the ER. *See script and fact sheet below.  

The ad comes on the heels of a new poll out this week from New England College showing that two-thirds (66 percent) of New Hampshire residents support the Health Protection legislation before the NH Senate, while just 25 percent opposes it and 10 percent said they are unsure.  Last year, state Republicans narrowly blocked similar legislation in the NH Senate last year, claiming ‘sticker shock.’  It remains a very poor excuse today considering that the first three years are totally paid for by the federal government; and the additional spending starting in 2017 would amount to less than 3 percent more than what New Hampshire would have spent on Medicaid anyways in the absence of the health law.  The economic and health benefits for New Hampshire of accepting Medicaid resources far outweigh the marginal added costs years down the road.

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change “It’s unfortunate that New Hampshire Republicans decided last year they would rather stick it to the President than stick up for 42,000 of their uninsured constituents in need.  In the end, they only managed to stick it to the rest of their constituents in the form of higher premiums to cover emergency room care that would have otherwise been compensated.  Let’s hope this year these Republicans start listening to voices other than those from the Tea Party extreme and stop looking a gift horse in the mouth.  Before they vote on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program, these lawmakers should listen to Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, small business owners and the clear majority of voters who see nothing but positive economic and health benefits for the state in accepting these resources sitting on the table – resources that are guaranteed to save lives, money, and create jobs.”

Americans United recently ran a similar ad campaign in Nebraska, urging its state legislature to do right by their constituents by expanding Medicaid.

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Americans United for Change is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization established in 2005 to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security and that has been working ever since to advance a progressive agenda in Congress including covering America’s uninsured and protecting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security from benefit cuts.

Friday
Dec202013

Testerman For US Senate - Big Government and Obamacare Caused 5 Million People "Hardship"

CONCORD, NH - Karen Testerman, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, expressed outrage that Obamacare has officially created "hardship" for five million people.

Under the current rules, only those under 30 and those who qualify for a "hardship" exemption qualify for catastrophic insurance plans. Ahead of President Obama's Hawaii vacation, the Obama administration has announced that those who were most directly affected by President Obama and Jeanne Shaheen's Lie of the Year qualify for the hardship exemption.

"I'll tell you what's catastrophic--Obamacare," Testerman said. "The ideology-induced blindness of the liberals and progressives led them to create hardships for five million people across the country, and Jeanne Shaheen's active participation in supporting Obamacare and opposing all improvements preventing these hardships disqualifies her to continue voting against us in a second term.

"The government belongs to us. Anyone so flippant to vote for a partisan and ideological bill that rests on such a fairy-tale understanding of business-without reading the bill-is not really a representative at all. Jeanne Shaheen acts like a little queen.

"Instead of Queen Jeanne, we need someone to vote for our best interests and not create hardships through irresponsible votes. I will be that kind of senator for New Hampshire."

Friday
Nov222013

NHDP - ICYMI - Editorial: Expanding Medicaid makes sense 

Key Point: "Republicans in both the House and Senate spent Wednesday throwing obstacles at efforts to move the state forward.  Instead, they should have been focusing on how best to control health care costs and provide care to those who need it most. Expanding Medicaid — at no cost now, and eventually moving those who enrolled to private plans when more choices become available — would help accomplish both goals.  We hope when the issue is resurrected — presumably in January when the Legislature reconvenes — the Senate leaders are willing to remove the obstacles."

Keene Sentinel Editorial: Expanding Medicaid makes sense

And so what began as a promising special session of the New Hampshire Legislature ended Thursday with nothing more accomplished than partisan political sniping.

The session was called to deal with one goal, to allow for the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program to include those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That would mean providing basic health care coverage to an additional 50,000-60,000 Granite Staters.
The move was mandated under 2010’s Affordable Care Act, but as the U.S. Supreme Court determined the law to be constitutional last year, it also gave states the leeway to opt out of the expansion. Last spring, the N.H. House backed the expansion, while the Senate dragged its heels, so a compromise was reached — a panel was created to study the issue.
That panel’s report backed the expansion, but with some sensible caveats: Those who can enroll in a health plan other than Medicaid must, and the state should have the option of revisiting the issue if the federal government doesn’t cover its share of the costs.

Not enough, say Senate President Chuck Morse and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley. They’ll back the expansion only if it fast-tracks moving the bulk of those eligible for Medicaid onto private plans set up through the ACA.
The problem is those plans don’t exist yet, save for a sole offering for 2014 from Anthem. Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Democrats expect it will take at least three years to get some real choice there, and that’s the timetable they proposed. Not coincidentally, the ACA calls for the federal government to pay 100 percent of the state’s Medicaid expansion cost for the first three years, then reducing that reimbursement to 90 percent by 2020.

The idea behind the ACA to begin with was that providing affordable access to health care to everyone will drive down costs for all. A Kaiser Family Foundation report on the impact of Medicaid expansion on states’ economies indicates those states expanding the program will see costs fall in 2014, which it attributes to “reductions in spending for state funded services such as mental health, corrections health, uncompensated care or care from other state programs for the uninsured.”

In other words, expanding Medicaid will reduce the state’s costs in other areas. Even if the state were left on the hook eventually for 10 percent of the cost of those who gain access to, and remain on, Medicaid through this expansion (and our bet is that would be a relatively small number), the cost would be outweighed by savings to the courts, corrections, and Health and Human Services budgets.

The position of Morse and Bradley, then, — that the state would be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in added “entitlements” — sounds like a straw man argument.

Republicans in both the House and Senate spent Wednesday throwing obstacles at efforts to move the state forward.

Instead, they should have been focusing on how best to control health care costs and provide care to those who need it most. Expanding Medicaid — at no cost now, and eventually moving those who enrolled to private plans when more choices become available — would help accomplish both goals.


We hope when the issue is resurrected — presumably in January when the Legislature reconvenes — the Senate leaders are willing to remove the obstacles.