CONCORD – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today is renewing their assertion that New Hampshire should not establish a health insurance exchange under the federal ObamaCare exchange. The group is citing an NHPR story today, “New Hampshire’s Health Exchange Monopoly,” which reiterates the lack of options currently available within the exchange.
“The very notion of an exchange implies choice – options for consumers to choose among so that they find the best health insurance for their family or their business,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director. “What is being offered in New Hampshire is a monopoly. Rather than a series of providers who compete for their business, consumers are met with one only insurer. This is just one more example of how the seriously flawed ObamaCare law has failed to live up to its promises.”
Last week the Senate voted 13-11 to kill a bill that would have set up a state exchange in New Hampshire. While a hybrid exchange – one run jointly by the federal and state governments – continues to be considered, AFP-NH believes a federal run exchange will be best for the people of the state.
“The point of these exchanges was to lower costs and increase competitiveness. Instead we see the very opposite has occurred,” added Moore. “A federal exchange is much more likely to have multiple insurers and as a result competition, something that would be clearly lacking in a state-run exchange. The only way to attempt to give the people of New Hampshire the choice and competitiveness they were promised under this failed premise is to allow the federal government to move forward with the exchange.