House Republicans Cede Control to Federal Exchange

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Representative Donna Schlachman, Democratic member on the Commerce Committee, issued the following statements on the House vote of HB 1297, which prohibits the state of New Hampshire from planning, creating, or participating in a state health care exchange or a federal health care exchange.

“New Hampshire Republicans are ceding control to a federal exchange if we don’t prepare now. Rather than make decisions for our state, House Republicans are passing the buck on to the federal government and failing to meet their responsibilities. Businesses and families can’t just assume something is going to happen – they need to be prepared for contingencies.”

“There is bipartisan support for creating a health care exchange in New Hampshire. Besides, the Business and Industry Association, supporters of exchange preparedness include Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire, CGI Employee Benefits Group, City Fuel Co. Inc., Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, MVP Health Care, New Hampshire Association of Insurance Agents, New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, Northeast Delta Dental and Ski NH.

“If Republicans continue to halt the creation of an exchange, control over it and its creation will be turned over to the federal government.  New Hampshire will have no say in how much it costs or who operates it. That is neither fiscally responsible, nor good public policy.”