Americans for Prosperity Comments on Release of Medicaid Expansion Commission Report

October 15, 2013

MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today offered the following comments regarding the release of the report by the Commission to Study the Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility.  The Commission voted to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare.

“Medicaid expansion would cause over 20,000 New Hampshire residents to lose their high-quality private health insurance, and often their doctors, to get dumped into a low-quality Medicaid program that is already coming apart at the seams,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director.  “Furthermore, if the state doesn’t take the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, more than 11,000 individuals who don’t have health insurance now will be able to receive heavily subsidized quality private care through the federal exchange.  That means of the 54,000 people who would ‘benefit’ from expansion, over 32,000 would be better off if the state says ‘no’ to this program.”

Moore said that instead of taking the ObamaCare version of Medicaid expansion, the state should look to find ways to offer private insurance for the roughly 22,000 remaining persons who would be left without insurance.

“Making health care worse for 32,000 people to offer a benefit to 22,000 is fundamentally poor public policy and jeopardizes our ability to remain one of the healthiest states in the nation,” added Moore.  “We should be looking for a state-run plan to find coverage for the remaining group that our legislature could closely monitor and not be subject to huge new federal regulations.  This could be done within existing resources, such as using the $51 million in state funds for uncompensated care this year to buy policies for those in need.  This would lead to better outcomes, more accountability and would not require our budget to depend on the folks in Washington to keep their word.  As we’ve learned, promises under ObamaCare don’t mean a whole lot.”

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