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Governor Chris Sununu’s Statement on Graham-Cassidy Bill

Posted: September 19, 2017

As some of you may know there is a new federal bill that has been introduced into the US Congress, the Graham-Cassidy Bill, related to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA.)

The Congressional Budget Office expects to have a preliminary assessment of the implications of the bill next week. The plan, however is to get this passed before September 30th when they would then need 60 votes to pass a budget bill rather than the 51 votes needed now. They are moving fast on this action.

In a press release published on September 18th by NH Governor Chris Sununu, he does not support the bill as it is currently crafted. He states “Unfortunately, under this plan, New Hampshire could possibly lose over a $1 billion in Medicaid funding between 2020-2026.”

See the full statement from Governor Sununu below.

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2017

Contact:
Governor Sununu Press Office
(603) 271-2121
Sununu.Press@nh.gov

Governor Chris Sununu Statement on Graham-Cassidy

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement regarding the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill:

“While I continue to strongly believe that Obamacare must be reformed, it must be replaced with something that works for New Hampshire. The Graham-Cassidy healthcare plan has some laudable aspects, including offering more flexibility to states in managing Medicaid. Unfortunately, under this plan, New Hampshire could possibly lose over a $1 billion in Medicaid funding between 2020-2026. While innovative, consumer-driven programs that eliminate waste and provide flexibility is the direction our nation’s health care must go, it is not practical for New Hampshire to craft a system with over $1 billion in cuts to federal funding. New Hampshire is proud of its tradition of not having an income tax or sales tax and remains vigilant against down-shifting of costs onto states that become general fund liabilities. As such, I cannot support this plan as it is currently drafted. It is my hope that Congress will continue to improve this plan to earn New Hampshire’s support. If given the opportunity, we stand ready to roll up our sleeves and craft a fiscally responsible system that works for all Granite Staters and does not ask us to subsidize the health care costs of other states.”

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