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Republican Move Creates Confusion for Businesses, Higher Rates for Consumers

Concord — Senators David Pierce (D-Etna) and Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) fought hard in the Senate Commerce Committee today to convince their Republican colleagues to pass a bill that would have created guidelines for health insurance in New Hampshire, driven costs down, and allowed Granite Staters to retain control of healthcare policies. Despite their efforts, the committee’s three republicans voted 3-2 to kill the bill.

By voting this way, the Republican majority essentially moved to hand control over health insurance in New Hampshire to the Federal Government rather than protect state’s rights.  With its different set of rules, it is likely that Federal control over issues like geographic rating could result in higher costs for consumers in areas where access to health care is already challenging, that access to coverage for smokers will be harder, that we will have more confusing billing and new standards for small groups that will involve more of our businesses.

“The majority has been dangling this bill in front of the business community for months, creating uncertainty and confusion,” said Senator Pierce. “Now they’ve voted to put the federal government in charge, create even more confusion, and even raise costs for consumers. Just remember the Wal-Mart rule: you break it, you bought it.  By breaking our insurance market, the Republican majority has bought all that is coming when people begin to have problems.”

“As a small business person, I want to be able to understand the rules and plan to take care of my employees and keep costs down,” said Senator Hosmer. “This vote will make it much harder. I understand that they don’t like anything that is even remotely related to the Affordable Care Act, but this is going to hurt New Hampshire people and New Hampshire businesses, and all in order to play politics.  The people of New Hampshire shouldn’t have to suffer for the sake of political games.  Instead of political grandstanding, let’s do what’s right for our people and our businesses and make things work for them.”

In testimony before the committee, it was firmly established that this bill is not simply about the Affordable Care Act or health care exchanges — this bill would have established New Hampshire-controlled rules for all individual and small group policies.  It would have allowed the Insurance Department to regulate health insurance markets, enforce the rules, and interact with businesses as the regulator. Without it, we are literally handing over regulation of our health insurance markets to the federal government and its rules for the first time in our state’s history.

“There were no real substantive objections to this bill during the hearing,” added Senator Pierce. “The Republican move today is about one thing only:  politics.”

Celia Brown May 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM
You Dems are unbelievable....and clearly again on the minority side of the ledger as well as talking through your a** again. With the MAJORITY of states allowing the Feds to set up exchanges says two things: (A) Those majority of states have little or no faith that the ACA will be successful (which already its a train wreck in that its taking forever to implement and young people are not running to this to fund the really sick people) (B) Didn't House moonbats want Single Payor? Allowing the Feds to come up with one set of exchanges for all the majority states puts you one step closer to that system. If you are so confident this will work, you should be having a party..Oh sorry, Hassan's fiscal mess is keeping you guys up late at night... But now that you see the details of this B.S. ACA law, you now want to manage it because you fear it will not take care of all your constituents. That's what us better-informed republicans have been screaming at you guys for over 3 years. We smarter people wanted economies of scale managed by the state and partner with other like minded states to achieve decentralized economies of scale. Now that moonbats are seeing the full cr*p-sandwich of a law take effect, now you dems want to run for the exits. Oh yes this disaster of a law will have SIGNIFICANT impact on the moonbats being tossed out of office. Just say Hi to Max Baucus and others who are now smart enough to run away before they are tarred and feathered
Celia Brown May 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Of course it's politics....and giving free healthcare to your millions of people already on the dole ensures a healthy constituency who votes DEMOCRAT so the free stuff keeps on coming! Sure it's all about politics.......on both sides Read the 1000 page proposed amnesty proposal. if it wasn't about politics, it would have been a 20 pager. Were not stupid, but saying 'I told you so' when ACA takes full effect next year...you will hear that a lot from your constituency here in NH.
Celia Brown May 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM
And does rally 'State Control' really matter at the end of the day? While it's borderline un-constitutional for the feds to tell the states how to setup exchanges, The Dems in D.C. , under the general category of “cooperative federalism.”, it is becoming increasingly clear that the states' ability to customize their own exchanges is not really free, because they are penalized if they don’t comply with the federal program - ACA which HHS defines what they will and will not allow. Remember the contraception issue Remember how some NH medical offices and hospitals have already been penalized by HHS by having certain medicare patients visit their doctor more than x times a year. Yes...rationing is part of any health care exchange. And ultimately the Federal death panels have the last say in policies, irregardless if it's a Federal exchange or a State-managed exchange. So at the end of the day, while it's still politics, State-managed exchanges really means The state can set it up...but if you want 100% reimbursements from the Fed, you have to comply with the Fed rules... So in essence, thanks to DEMOCRATIC politics of giving out free entitlements for votes, our healthcare will be fu**ed until the republicans take over and clean this expensive mess once and for all.
Celia Brown May 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM
So when your health care insurance rates are increasing (and for me they already have under this Obama administration), you have ONLY the Democratic party to thank 100% for. Again thank the Democrats, with even a few having to be publicly bribed, for bringing you something that no-one asked for but will double or triple your healthcare costs while limiting your coverage. Cornhusker Kickback Louisiana Purchase Intimidation in the shower need I say more........
Reality Geezer May 29, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Blame, label, criticize----need I say more???
Proud Conservative May 29, 2013 at 01:45 PM
@ Reality - Sure you can say more. For starters, you can tell us why we want to cheer about our health care rates going way up; you can tell us why we want to put on a happy face about limits and delays being put on our medical needs; you can tell us why we should be enthused about the tax on medical devices that we wind up paying; and you can tell us about the benefits of having the IRS watching over both our income and our medical needs.
steve forte June 27, 2013 at 04:24 PM
I never quite understood the medical devices tax. Or I should say why people thought it would help lower costs. Kinda like saying we are going to put a tax on wholesale food to bring the cost of a restaurant meal down.
Diane Caruso July 01, 2013 at 09:20 AM
When you see the byline is Senate Democrats, I have to take it with a grain of salt when it reads so one sided. To me, that negates the point they are trying to make. what happened to fairness? Once their point is stated, I then want to hear the Republican side to know why they voted the way they did. Don't just tell me "politics". There may be hidden issues that we are not aware of that can hugely impact the decision. I can only respect a report that shows me both sides. Sad for me.

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