Maggie Hassan’s Statement on Federal Government Approving Medicaid Managed Care Plan
MANCHESTER, NH – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement today on the federal government approving the state’s Medicaid Managed Care plan.
“We have a responsibility to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and to be open to innovations that can save money. That also means ensuring that we are getting what we pay for – high-quality health care for the children, seniors and people with disabilities being helped through Medicaid. As Governor, I will issue by Executive Order a commission of consumers and financial and health care experts, to directly advise me on the state’s transition to Medicaid Managed Care.”
“A well-operated Medicaid Managed Care program can and should save money and allow New Hampshire to maintain important investments in health care. But financial savings cannot come at the expense of quality, accessible care. The transition schedule is ambitious, and the change will affect the lives and health care of thousands of New Hampshire citizens. As Governor, I will be directly involved in making sure that the transition to Medicaid Managed Care is done right, and that is working for taxpayers and people.”
Hassan announced plans for the Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Commission at a Children’s Alliance Forum in June.
LETTERS: GOP Platform Removes Choice for Women – Nashua, NH Patch: “Being a white middle-aged male, I am the last person that women would want weighing in on their reproductive rights – I would think they have had quite enough of that. I do however have two daughters and I am thinking of their future. The choice could not be clearer for me and my daughters agree.
I support the President’s plan of going forward with the health care plan where 47 million women across the country can now get important preventive health care with no co-pay or deductible. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act helps women fight for equal pay for equal work, and President Obama has defended a woman’s right to choose.”
LETTERS: Paul Ryan Speech at RNC = The Big Lie – Nashua, NH Patch: “Last night’s acceptance speech by Rep. Paul Ryan was a truly breathtaking display of brazen dishonesty. Paul Ryan looked America in the eye and without a hint a shame, lied to our face.
Ryan lied about President Obama’s auto-industry rescue, blaming the administration for a plant closing orchestrated by President Bush. Ryan lied about Medicare, falsely accusing Obama of undermining the system, when he in fact strengthened it. Ryan lied about the debt downgrade, falsely blaming the president for a downgrade caused by Ryan and congressional Republicans.”
The truth about Medicare and the Ryan plan – Cabinet.com: “Republicans and Democrats have been all over TV and radio, and giving speeches all over the country talking about the Ryan plan for Medicare. The Ryan plan turns Medicare into a voucher plan. Democrats say a voucher plan is an awful idea, leaving senior citizens financially vulnerable when they are most likely to need medical care. Republicans insist that it will give people more choices, as they can shop around for a plan. To complicate matters, Republicans also claim that Democrats cut billions from Medicare in the Affordable Care Act. First, they claimed Democrats cut $500 billion, and now they have upped the claim to $716 billion. All this leaves senior citizens, their families and those who will someday be senior citizens wondering what exactly are the facts.”
Re-elect Tim Copeland | SeacoastOnline.com: I had the pleasure of working with Tim for the past two years. There is no secret the leadership of the NH House bordered on dysfunctional. The O’Brien followers acted more like a cult than state representatives; blindly following bad leadership is like confirming this is how we do business.
Tim stood with Matt and me against bullying, bad behavior, name calling and influencing peddling by special interest groups. It takes courage to stand against a majority that is being misled; we were all called names by members who I thought could be certifiable, most were energetic freshman that thought they were saving the world from evil doers.
From Lowell on Scott Brown
‘The Fighter’ bails on Brown | The Column Blog: ““I can’t support Scott Brown,” Ward said. “I just can’t do it.”
Within 30 minutes, Ward either did some Googling or someone close to him reminded him about where Brown stood on some hot-button political topics.
“I found out Scott (Brown) is anti-union and I’m a Teamster guy,” said Ward. “I found out he’s also against gay marriage and I say if you love someone you should have the same rights no matter who you are.””
More News about the workers in PA who were forced to take time off work and attend a Romney event.
From the LA Times
Employees who contacted Blomquist and others in the industry contend that the August event is the latest example of the lengths Murray is willing to go to back his political priorities. In the days just after the rally, about seven or eight mine workers, supposedly independent of one another, emailed and called Blomquist to tell him about the circumstances surrounding the rally. The radio host, known as Bloomdaddy, said once he began talking about the issue on the air, he was contacted by other current and former Murray employees, bringing the number of those sharing the same concerns to 15 to 20 people.
The wife of an hourly employee at the Century mine said in an interview with the Washington Bureau the event was mandatory, and that workers were told to arrive at 8 a.m. to a local school, where they registered to attend the rally and then waited much of the day to be bused to the mine. The schedule ate into her husband’s free time, which bothered him, she said. She said she did not want to be identified for fear her husband would lose his job.