“Today, members of the Senate Republican caucus let down the people of New Hampshire by refusing to compromise to develop a health care expansion plan that would actually work,” Governor Hassan stated. “Their refusal to discuss workable plans to allow New Hampshire to accept $2.4 billion in federal funds to provide critical health coverage to more than 50,000 hard-working people undermines the health and economic well-being of our families and businesses.”
As you are already aware the NH Senate could not reach an agreement to expand the state’s Medicaid program, leaving thousands of low-income families to suffer without healthcare.
Governor Hassan continued:
“We offered Senate Republican leadership nearly everything they asked for; all we wanted was a plan that would actually work from day one and for the long term. But Senate Republicans refused to budge, putting ideology first and the people of New Hampshire second.
Our providers are ready for expanded health coverage, our businesses are ready, our people are ready, and I am ready. We will keep working and there will be more votes. I hope that at some point, a few Senate Republicans will set ideology aside and step forward to do what is right. Until then, it is the people who are hurt, and it is the people whom Senators must answer to.”
Governor Hassan was not the only one who was outraged by the Republicans in the Senate who chose to stand with the Americans For Prosperity, and other special interest groups, rather than stand up for their own constituents.
Zandra Rice-Hawkins the Executive Director of Granite State Progress released the following statement:
“We condemn the ‘do nothing’ GOP Senate for turning its back on 58,000 lower income Granite Staters who would benefit from health care coverage. Republican State Senators like Nancy Stiles are leaving money on the table that could have covered New Hampshire families because they kowtowed to special interests instead of representing their constituents.”
“Policymakers heard loud and clear from constituents, health policy experts, and consumer advocates that expanding Medicaid was a win-win for New Hampshire families, hospitals, community health centers, and our overall budget and economy. But when wealthy special interests opposed to health care came knocking, too many politicians caved. Senate Republicans refused to acknowledge the incredible compromises offered by the Democrats for a bi-partisan plan, and instead stonewalled back to the position they’ve always held: that we should do nothing.”
“Senate President Chuck Morse’s flowery speech imploring legislators to continue to work together on this issue and then the subsequent vote by Senate Republicans to close the special session without any plan for action demonstrates that this has all just been a show for them. Meanwhile, New Hampshire families are going without health care coverage when they most need it.”
Granite State Progress also released a short video of a people talking about their real life problems in accessing healthcare and Greg Moore the State Director of the Americans For Prosperity calling them a ‘problem’.
The fight to provide healthcare to over 50,000 low-income families in New Hampshire is not over. The Senate Democrats and the Governor vowed to continue their efforts. “Senate Democrats will continue to fight for accepting Federal funds and expanding health coverage for thousands of the hard-working Granite Staters from Hampton to Hanover and Salem to Stewartstown,” said Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen.
Why do the Senate Republicans want to continue to be a donor state with our federal tax dollars while low-income families are suffering? We could use the tax money we are already paying to help these working families acquire healthcare, making them happier and healthier members of our community.