CONCORD – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) called today’s vote by the Senate Rules committee to allow the introduction of a bill to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, as poorly conceived as earlier efforts.
“As more evidence comes in, the worse the idea of expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare gets,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director. “We knew that Medicaid expansion wouldn’t improve health care for the uninsured and that it would make health care worse for the over 32,000 who would lose access to private health insurance, but now we know that it would also mean longer wait times in the emergency rooms across the state for everyone, as utilization increases. There is no good public policy reason for ObamaCare Medicaid expansion and it has simply fallen into a discussion in how to try to get more federal taxpayer dollars into a crumbling, substandard Medicaid program.”
AFP-NH has led two successful efforts to defeat Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire last year. Moore said that group would continue to oppose efforts to implement ObamaCare here.
“Americans for Prosperity will continue to be a leading voice in making sure that New Hampshire moves toward a common-sense health care policy that best meets the needs of Granite State residents, not the Washington mandates of ObamaCare,” added Moore. “We will work to ensure that state Senators hear loudly and clearly from their constituents as to why Medicaid expansion is bad for them, and we will make certain that the public holds accountable those legislators who vote to bring ObamaCare to New Hampshire.”