Medicaid Expansion: Let’s Look at the Facts

Friday, March 30th, 2018 @ 1:13PM

by Jim Adams

Governor Hassan and the Democratic-controlled House called the Republican-controlled Senate “uncaring” when it comes to the Medicaid coverage for an additional 50,000 people. The Governor and Democrats in the House stated they believed that Washington would pay the bill and it will not cost New Hampshire taxpayers anything.

It seems like Governor Hassan is sounding more and more like Obama. Every taxpayer in New Hampshire should shudder every time they hear about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), period. Mr. Obama, the United States Senate and House which were all under the control of the Democratic Party during the passage of the ACA knew that with all of the restrictions placed on insurance companies, millions of Americans presently insured would lose their plans, period.

This is one of the biggest lies ever suffered by the American taxpayers. Hardworking American men and women are being punished, losing their doctors and present coverage because the Democrats know what is best for everyone, period. Nonsense!

The answer to insuring the previously uninsured is something Obama and the Democrats would never think of, Free Market Competition. Let insurance companies cross state lines to compete for people’s business like auto and home insurance companies do.

Medicare Part D is a prime example of something that works. The pharmaceutical companies compete with each other to win the contracts and the result is that today, because of free market competition; Medicare Part D has a $500 million dollar surplus, period.

Also we must remember that New Hampshire had 22 health care providers prior to Governor Shaheen destroying that advantage by legislating a one size fits all mandatory product that drove 20 of those providers out of New Hampshire. Does this sound like what is happening to the nation today since October 1, 2013, or as Yogi Berra said, is it déjà vu all over again?

It is obvious why Governor Hassan is against Senate President Morse’s plan. It is a free market approach that would keep State Government out of the insurance business.

The New Hampshire Legislators need to think way out of the box. Let’s take local control to a new level. Let the people decide what type of insurance they want and not force them into the present one size fits all offering of Obamacare. Let New Hampshire step up and show the rest of the nation that with a few common sense regulations, the consumer and insurance companies can decide what is good for the consumer. Then once again, with common sense, focus on the folks without insurance.

Common sense and steady as we go leadership can help those most in need while not destroying the entire health care system.

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