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House Freedom Caucus Opposes Legislation to
Make Obamacare Expansion of Medicaid Permanent

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2018

CONCORD – The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus stands strongly opposed to legislation that would make Obamacare Medicaid expansion permanent in New Hampshire. Today, legislation that would keep the current Medicaid expansion regime in place permanently (HB 1811) will receive a public hearing before the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee.

“Medicaid expansion has failed New Hampshire, leading to massive, 52% premium increases this year for those who are forced to buy health insurance in the individual marketplace. While giving a free ride for some to get health insurance, it has made getting that same opportunity unaffordable for many working families across the state. It’s time to admit that this program is a disaster, not to double down on this colossal failure,” said Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack).

“The only way that Medicaid expansion has been able to exist is through a scheme that the federal government showed is illegal. Instead of realizing the folly of setting up the taxpayers for failure, some are working to keep this charade going. Enough is enough. It’s time to end the games and start protecting the taxpayers of New Hampshire. Giving free Medicaid to those who can work, but choose not to do so, at a time when jobs are abundant, is absurd and needs to stop now,” added Rep. Mike Sylvia (R-Belmont).

The New Hampshire House Freedom Caucus is a grassroots organization consisting of legislators and private citizens, who believe in personal liberty and the traditional conservative “Yankee” values that made New Hampshire a great place to live.