Americans for Prosperity Lauds Senate Finance Committee for Opposing ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion

May 22, 2013

MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today offered extraordinary commendation to the Senate Finance Committee for rejecting the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under ObamaCare.  The House had included this expansion of the program to add tens of thousands of additional beneficiaries to the state’s Medicaid program, which is already the largest program in state government.

“A recent study of Medicaid expansion in Oregon published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed no improvement in the health outcomes for those on Medicaid expansion compared to those who are uninsured,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director.  “At the same time, the Kaiser Foundation demonstrated that Medicaid expansion would cost state taxpayers $188 million over the first eight years of the program.  If there is no health improvement and expansion will cost the hard-working taxpayers of New Hampshire millions in new taxes, what is the possible benefit to growing a program that’s already on a course to wreck state finances?”

AFP-NH also cited the same NEJM study of Oregon Medicaid expansion that showed that while health outcomes didn’t benefit, health care utilization of those who were added to Medicaid skyrocketed.

“Higher utilization of health care services under Medicaid, a program which already severely underpays providers, will mean even greater cost shifting to those with health insurance.  That means that premiums will go up for those with private health coverage,” added Moore.  “Higher taxes, more unaffordable care and no health benefit – this is just one more example of the disastrous unintended consequences of ObamaCare and why the Senate Finance Committee did the right thing in rejecting this scheme that is wrong for New Hampshire.  We strongly commend their efforts and will work with them to ensure that our state doesn’t get dragged into this mess created by this terrible law.”

From 2003-07, Moore served as the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that run the state’s Medicaid program.

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