Fighting Obamacares Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire
From WMUR's "Political Scoop" Column
MANCHESTER, N.H. —A "significant statewide" radio ad campaign from a conservative group launched this week hoping to convince Concord lawmakers to reject a compromise deal that would effectively expand Medicaid health insurance protections to some of the state's poorest residents.
Under the deal, 50,000 of some of the state's poorest residents would be eligible to receive government money to fully fund health insurance plans from private companies. Republicans in the state Senate who back the deal say the use of using private insurance is not, by definition, expanding Medicaid.
The deal has enough Republican sponsors that when combined with every Democrat in the state Senate, there would be enough votes for it to pass. The Democratically-led House has already passed Medicaid expansion bills and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has advocated for it.
Yet, conservative groups are protesting hoping to put pressure on lawmakers to change their minds. Citizens For A Strong New Hampshire is paying for the radio ads.
“While we agree with the majority in the state Senate on many issues, their decision to possibly side with liberals and implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire is not one of them," said Citizens For A Strong NH executive director Matt Murphy. "We were pleased to have their support last year when conservative voices unanimously rejected a similar bill, but we are disappointed that some look to be going a different course this session."
In addition, this same group along with three other conservative groups -- Americans for Prosperity, Cornerstone Action and The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire -- held a press conference on Tuesday on this issue.