Letter: What will Sununu do?

Sunday, December 10, 2017
What will Sununu do?

The Republican tax bill would add over $1 trillion to the deficit, in addition to the amount that may be offset by economic growth caused by tax cuts. The largest tax cuts would go to millionaires and wealthy corporations. To pay for the budget-busting tax cuts, Republicans would repeal or limit deductions lower and middle-income taxpayers depend on, like those for student loan interest and state and local taxes.

The bill would also repeal the penalty for violating the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which provides a financial incentive for people to get health insurance. This would encourage those who are currently healthy to drop their insurance, skewing the risk pool for the individual market and driving up premiums for everyone else. Many people not eligible for subsidies would be unable to afford insurance. Analyses show the number of uninsured Americans would increase by 4 million in 2018 and 13 million by 2027; in New Hampshire, 45,000 fewer people would be insured by 2025 and our state would lose $105 million in Medicare funding in 2018 alone.

Gov. Chris Sununu recently received a petition from more than 1,200 constituents asking him to oppose attempts like this to repeal parts of the ACA, and supporting efforts like the bipartisan Alexander-Murray bill to reduce premiums and stabilize insurance markets. The tax bill is not yet final; the governor has the opportunity to speak out against it. Will he side with his party or stand up for his constituents? We are watching closely.