This week, Governor John Lynch signed HB 1297 into law, blocking New Hampshire from creating a Health Insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare. Supporters, including Lynch at one points, argued that the state should set up an exchange in order to avoid federal mandates. Opponents countered that a state exchange would only have the illusion of local control, while leaving New Hampshire taxpayers on the hook.
(CONCORD) Governor John Lynch this morning signed legislation blocking implementation of a health insurance exchange in New Hampshire. The Obama Administration has been urging states to set up exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare.
Lynch has supported setting up a New Hampshire exchange, including the proposal in his State of the State address in February. Senate legislation setting up an exchange, SB 163, won Committee approval in January before stalling on the Senate floor. Opponents argued that a state-run exchange would put New Hampshire taxpayers on the hook for the costs of administering much of the federal health care law, while giving the state little flexibility from federal mandates.
(CONCORD) The New Hampshire House has agreed to Senate changes to a bill blocking implementation of health insurance exchanges under ObamaCare, sending the legislation to Governor John Lynch. HB 1297 would prevent state officials from implementing a state-run exchange, but some Senators worried the bill would hamstring the Insurance Department from even talking with federal officials. The Senate version allows state officials to work with Washington, if the Obama Administration decided to set up a federally-facilitated exchange.
The New Hampshire House voted today to block implementation of state health insurance exchange. Garry Rayno reports in the Union Leader.
The Josiah Bartlett Center has been the leading voice against New Hampshire setting up a state-based exchange under ObamaCare. Center President Charlie Arlinghaus wrote in January when momentum for a New Hampshire exchange was high:
A state exchange is a fig leaf layer of bureaucracy between us and the people who really make the rules. Setting up a puppet government to put a happy face on federal regulation does no one any favors, and it would cost us tens of millions of dollars each year that we don’t have.
Grant Bosse reports on the NH House Commerce Committee deliberating over a bill to block state officials from pursuing a Health Insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare. This report features sponsor Representative Andrew Manuse, Michael Cannon from the Cato Institute, and Paula Rogers from Anthem Blue Cross of NH.