(March 25th, 2014) - After voting down several floor amendments proposed by the minority that would have capped the cost of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, attempted to get waivers before implementing the program, and enforced work requirements for participants, the New Hampshire House voted to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare with a vote of 202 - 132.
The bill will now head to Governor Hassan for her expected signature.
The measure will take federal tax dollars to pay for additional Medicaid enrollees and provides no taxpayer protections to cap cost or number of enrollees. Expansion of the program is estimated to cost New Hampshire taxpayers $126 million by 2020, sets us on a path towards a sales or income tax, and will increase wait times in hospital emergency rooms.
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire Executive Director, Matthew Murphy, made the following statement:
"We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the New Hampshire House supported Obamacare's Medicaid expansion today and rejected any sort of commonsense protections for taxpayers offered by the minority. It is also no surprise that our liberal Governor Maggie Hassan will support it as well.
"Today's vote expanded government, tied our state further to the reckless spending we already see in Washington, and finally succeeded in bringing the tentacles of a failing Obamacare into the Granite State. The House's actions today, and the Senate's vote earlier this month, will diminish the quality of healthcare we currently have and sets us on the path towards a sales tax, income tax, or both, to fund the expansion of a program that is already the largest expenditure in the state. It is a shame that our representatives in Concord were so shortsighted that they failed to recognize the terrible impact Obamacare's Medicaid expansion will cause our state in the years to come."