Both New Hampshire House and Senate committees voted this week to expand Medicaid. Many states have opted out of Medicaid expansion because it is too expensive to implement. Some Governors have implemented Medicaid expansion by executive order despite the political heat.
New Hampshire has both the Republican and Democrat parties advancing a plan to expand Medicaid to 58,000 people. However, while both Democrats and Republicans plan how to implement the costly Obamacare program, Aaron Day, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus is trying to stop it.
Aaron Day told Joshua Cook, "the Republican led senate came up with a completely unacceptable plan to pass Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. That's why we launched www.StopNHincometax.com. We are threatening to primary 11 of the 13 Republicans state senators who are advancing this bill. We can block this Medicaid expansion. The only way Medicaid expansion will happen in the state of New Hampshire is if the Republicans in the senate allow it to."
"They've [Republican senators] came up with this bogus plan," Chairman Day said. "They are positioning it by saying, 'well we're going to take the federal money for the first three years. We're not going to throw it directly into Medicaid, we will put it into a trust fund that will pay managed care companies directly.'"
Chairman Day continued, "So they are calling this a private market solution, and in the end of three years it will automatically sunset unless the federal government maintains the 100% reimbursement that pays for the Medicaid expansion. Well you and I know this will never happen. It's going to be at the end of 2016 and we're going to be in the middle of an election. Which politician is going to vote to cut a healthcare entitlement that has just been granted to 58,000 people?"
Chairman Day believes that Gov. Hassan will accept the senate plan "because once you have the entitlement in, it's never going away."
"Obamacare actually went live now, and we are now witnessing the disaster of Obamacare. It's no longer the promise of what it might be, it's the nightmare of what it is" said Chairman Day. "We need to remind the senate Republicans that if you are signing up for Medicaid expansion you are buying into Obamacare. My strategy is to do a liberty tour across the state and going directly at to make them aware of the fact that there is money and people behind primarying them if they take this vote."
Cook asked Chairman Day, "If Medicaid expansion is implemented in New Hampshire, how will the state pay for the program after the three years of federal funding runs out?"
"My single point that I'm making in this is that Obamacare and Medicaid expansion equals a state income tax," said Day. "We do not have the income tax at all. It's the defining feature of our state. It's one of the big advantages that we have. There is no doubt about it. We are absolutely going to have a state income tax, and it won't be a small one if we pass Medicaid expansion in this state" said Chairman Day.