GOP House leadership praises Executive Council move to reject Obamacare funds
New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today praised Executive Councilors Ray Wieczorek, Chris Sununu and David Wheeler for voting to reject a $333,000 contract, paid for with federal funds, to establish a health insurance exchange to implement the national health care reform law, commonly called Obamacare. Additionally, the leaders indicated that they will seek and support legislation to return these funds to reduce the national debt. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a bill (HB 601) to return $666,000 in Obamacare exchange planning funds to cut the federal deficit.
Speaker O’Brien released the following statement: “Obamacare is a sea of federal mandates, higher health care costs, huge new expenses to states in new Medicaid outlays and infringements into our liberties. It is bad policy that may well be thrown out by the Supreme Court next year. There is no good reason to waste taxpayer funds on implementing such a destructive scheme that will mean lower quality health care that is also more expensive. That’s why we are very supportive of Councilors Wieczorek, Sununu and Wheeler standing against using these dollars to begin bringing Obamacare to New Hampshire, and they deserve praise for their efforts. Now that they have taken this step, we will begin the legislative process of moving forward to send this $333,000 back to Washington to pay down our national debt, which is a far better use of these funds than building healthcare bureaucracies here.”
Majority Leader Bettencourt added the following: “It should be clear to Washington, once and for all, that the people of New Hampshire are not interested in Obamacare money and the strings that come attached to it. One of the major reasons why the voters of this state sent Republicans to Concord in overwhelming numbers just over a year ago was because we strongly believed that our citizens should be free to make their own health care decisions. Obamacare is an unaffordable, destructive effort that will negatively impact the quality of healthcare in New Hampshire, drive up costs and bankrupt taxpayers. We will continue to send a strong message to Washington that we oppose this big government disaster. I applaud Councilors Wieczorek, Sununu and Wheeler for taking a strong stand against Obamacare. Earlier this the legislature rejected $666 ,000 in Obamacare funds and sent the money back to Washington to apply to the federal deficit. As long as I am House Majority Leader, we will continue to fight Obamacare whenever we get the opportunity.”