NH Democrats Lying About the AHCA (Just Like They Lied About Obamacare)

Democrats lied repeatedly about Obamacare, when they were trying to pass it.  The video below, for example, shows 36 instances when Obama lied about being able to keep your current healthcare plan.  Actually, Obamacare would have forced insurance companies to cancel millions of policies.

He also repeatedly stated that under Obamacare premiums would go down $2,500.00 per family.  Another lie.

Well, the Democrats are using the same tactic -lie- to prevent the repeal and replacing of Obamacare.  From the twitter feed of the New Hampshire Democrats (May 24th):

The statement that the AHCA kicks 23 million off health insurance is a blatant lie. Continue reading

Sununu’s Plan to Replace Obamacare Just More of the Same

From the Associated Press:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is asking Congress to give states as much flexibility as possible to design their own health care systems as part of the federal effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We urge Congress to untie the hands of the States,” the Republican governor wrote in a Wednesday letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Let us have the flexibility to design a New Hampshire system for New Hampshire citizens.”

I attempted to locate the letter, but it is nowhere to be found on Sununu’s official government website.  (So much for New Hampshire having a transparent government).

So based on what the Associated Press has reported, I have to say that Sununu’s plan to replace Obamacare is just more of the same.

In other words, Sununu’s plan, again based on the Associated Press reporting, is to replace Obamacare with Sununucare.  More particularly “design[ing] a New Hampshire system for New Hampshire citizens” means shifting powers from the federal bureaucrats and regulators to State bureaucrats and regulators. Continue reading

Enough With the Revisionist History of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Recently, Bryan Gould, writing in #DyingPaper, a.k.a. the Union Leader, argued that conservatives “owe Sen. Forrester their serious consideration in the governor’s race” because she “voted against reauthorizing expanded Medicaid.”

The problem with Gould’s argument is that the vote that really mattered was the vote to authorize expanded Medicaid two years ago.  Indeed, in Gould’s own words: Continue reading

The New Hampshire Hospital Association’s Unconvincing Case for Continuing Medicare Expansion

The New Hampshire Hospital Association just released a report claiming that Obamacare Medicaid Expansion “is not only having a positive impact on individual patients and their families, but also on the overall health care system.Continue reading

Clear that Conservatives in NH House Got Snookered on the Budget

One of the rationales I have been given for conservatives supporting the budget passed by the Legislature, which increases spending six percent over the next two-year budget cycle, is that otherwise Speaker Shawn Jasper and his supporters would have had to go to the Democrats.  That, the rationale goes, would have meant that the House’s budget would have also continued Obamacare Medicaid Expansion past 2016, which the Senate would have eagerly supported.  In other words, higher spending was the price to be paid for preventing the continuation of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion.

This never made much sense to me because there was nothing preventing Jasper from bringing Medicaid up after the budget was passed.

And that, it appears, is exactly what is going to happen. Continue reading

CNN Needs To Do a Better Job Asking Kasich About Medicaid Than Fox

Let me start by saying that I thought the Fox debate on August 6th was outstanding.  But nobody’s perfect and one area where Fox, in this case Megan Kelly, came up short was following up with Ohio Governor John Kasich on his answer (or more accurately non-answer) to a question about Obamacare Medicaid expansion. Continue reading

No Evidence That Continuing Medicaid Expansion Would Reduce Heroin Use

I saw this tweet earlier today:

Heroin.Medicaid.NH.Dems.6Aug15

So I checked to see whether I could find some correlation between the population that Obamacare Medicaid Expansion affects -people whose incomes are too high for standard Medicaid eligibility but too low for Obamacare premium tax credits- and heroin use.  I found none. Continue reading