AP: Opponents of health care overhaul hold rally
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire opponent of President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul law compares it to a 1793 law that imposed penalties on those who helped escaped slaves.
Republican state Rep. Bill O’Brien, who is exploring a run for Congress, spoke Thursday at a picnic organized by the New Hampshire chapter of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity. He said the heath care law is just as destructive as the Fugitive Slave Act, which punished anyone who helped escaped slaves and allowed governments to seize and return them to their owners.
“Barack Obama and our allies fooled us long enough to pass a law that is clearly among the worst ever enacted by Congress,” O’Brien said.
Greg Moore, the group’s state director, described what he views as the law’s broken promises, including that it would bring costs down without imposing new taxes.
“We need to slow down implementation of this law and make sure we get it right,” he said.
Under a state law passed last year, New Hampshire is prohibited from setting up the online insurance markets required under the new law. Although Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has moved to have the state partner with the federal government to manage the markets and provide consumer assistance, Republicans who oppose the federal law have thwarted her efforts by blocking the acceptance of federal funds. Democrats argue that Republicans are deliberately blocking the law’s implementation in order to cause problems they can point to during next year’s elections.