MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire is expressing disappointment over today’s House vote against a bill (HB 271) that would have banned the expansion of the Medicaid program in the state.
“This vote paves the way for increases in health care costs for New Hampshire residents,” said Greg Moore, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-NH. “Medicaid expansion will cost $126 million over the next 8 years. In addition, it will hurt hospitals financially which will also be passed along to privately insured patients, thus raising costs yet again.”
HB 271 sponsored by Rep. William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) would have prohibited the commissioner of the department of health and human services from expanding Medicaid pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009. The Medicaid expansion provision of President Obama’s health care law is optional to the states.
“The federal government’s track record in fulfilling its fiscal obligations in these instances is enough to make anyone sick,” added Moore. “This is not the time to hit our taxpayers with another unfunded mandate from the federal government. HB 271 provided the House with an opportunity to protect New Hampshire families and businesses from increased health care costs. It is unfortunate they were too short-sided to take it.”