HB 271, a bill to refuse Medicaid expansion, was introduced by Rep. William O’Brien and co-sponsored by Rep. Timothy Comerford.

This bill is short and sweet. HB271 states, “the commissioner shall not accept any federal moneys or in any way expand Medicaid pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009.”

Boston.com issued an article from the Associated Press about a report from Health and Human Services (HHS). “It states, New Hampshire could save up to $114 million if it decides not to expand Medicaid under the new federal health care law, but it would lose $2.5 billion in federal aid toward health care for the state’s uninsured.”

That $2.5 billion in federal bribes to the state is taxpayer money. Tad DeHaven explains the meaning of these words in his article Federal Money to the State Isn’t ‘Free’. Currently New Hampshire has rejected making an exchange and refused federal funds to implement Obamacare with HB601 and SB148 when republicans were in control of the house. Representative O’Brien is worried about the excessive borrowing and spending from the federal government. He said, “when residents of New Hampshire hear about any federal spending, their take away should be that the federal government is moving us closer to a currency crisis and rampant inflation caused by excessive borrowing and spending.”

This bill is currently in the New Hampshire’s House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee.. Representative O’Brien, said, “I am sponsoring HB271 for liberty and fiscal reasons. There will be substantial opposition to it in the Democrat-controlled committee and in the House as a whole. Democrats came to the state capital this year to spend money in general and to specifically support Obamacare and they are in the majority.”

LEGISLATION AND TRACKING

Get model legislation to ban Medicaid expansion – plus other state actions to resist the Affordable Care at here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/obamacare

Track the status of all such bills in states around the country here:
http://tracking.tenthamendmentcenter.com/obamacare/

ACTION ITEMS

The Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs committee has a general email here. Or you can contact each member of the committee to voice your concern about the expansion of medicaid.

Chair:
Representative James MacKay, District 14
Phone: (603)224-0623
Email: james.mackay@mygait.com

Vice-Chair:
Representative Laurie Harding, District 13
Phone: (603)448-5206
Email: lharding0625@gmail.com

Clerk:
Representative Lisa DiMartino, District 02
Phone: (603)496-1115
Email: lisa.dimartino@leg.state.nh.us

Members:
Representative Barbara French, District 06
Phone: (603)428-3366

Representative E. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn, District 37
Phone: (603)772-7069
Email: elaine.andrews-ahearn@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Thomas Sherman, District 24
Phone: (603)379-2248
Email: thomas.sherman@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Susan Emerson, District 11
Phone: (603)899-6529
Email: semerson435@aol.com

Representative Donald LeBrun, District 32
Phone: (603)886-1725
Email: donald.lebrun@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Bill Nelson, District 05
Phone: (603)522-5279
Email: bill.nelson@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Thomas Donovan, District 04
Phone: (603)848-7413

Representative Barbara Helmstetter, District 09
Phone: (603)679-1929
Email: barbara.helmstetter@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Susan Ticehurst, District 03
Phone: (603)323-8040
Email: ticehurstnhhouse@gmail.com

Representative Frank Kotowski, District 24
Phone: (603)485-9579
Email: frank.kotowski@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Patrick Culbert, District 37
Phone: (603)635-7954

Representative Stephen Schmidt, District 06
Phone: (603)569-0848
Email: stephen.schmidt@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Joy Tilton, District 03
Phone: (603)286-8806
Email: joylark1@earthlink.net

Representative Jane Hunt, District 15
Phone: (603)228-8648
Email: jane.hunt@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Charles McMahon, District 07
Phone: (603)432-8877
Email: cmcmahon55@gmail.com

Representative Andre Martel, District 44
Phone: (603)820-1942

Representative Richard Meaney, District 06
Phone: (603)351-5042
Email: richard.meaney@leg.state.nh.us

New Hampshire residents can keep up to date on legislation on the New Hampshire Tenth Amendment Center’s Facebook page here.

Kelli Sladick