Letter: Hassan’s Medicaid plan is irresponsible
I would like to commend Sen. Jeanie Forrester for standing up to the political attacks in the recent Medicaid debate in the New Hampshire.
Gov. Maggie Hassan’s plan to throw another 50,000 New Hampshire workers into the Medicaid system without knowing when or if the federal government would leave taxpayers on the hook was irresponsible.
Remember “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” Three years ago a Republican Legislature passed managed care for Medicaid recipients, a program that would improve the health care for 150,000 New Hampshire citizens. That program still hasn’t been fully implemented. Now Hassan wants to put an additional 50,000 people into the system – totally irresponsible. The Republican Senate countered with a responsible compromise that would have helped low-income workers purchase private insurance, and protected New Hampshire taxpayers if Uncle Sam backed out of the deal.
Even as Obamacare is throwing millions of Americans off their preferred insurance plans, limiting choices as to which hospitals can provide services and increasing deductibles, Hassan and the Democrats are trying to get more and more people into government-run health care. That’s not going to do anything to make it more affordable, or improve the quality.
The Republican alternative leverages federal assistance to help people buy their own insurance and choose their own doctors. Further, it doesn’t create a never-ending entitlement we can’t afford.