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N.H. Dem. Senate Candidate Dodges Two Questions About ObamaCare

Governor Maggie Hassan the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in N.H. dodged two questions about ObamaCare during an interview with NH1. President Obama’s signature accomplishment is once again a hot-button issue in senate campaigns across the country. With 16 out of the 23 ObamaCare Co-Ops nationwide having failed already, consumers are expected to see hefty […]

By NTK Staff | 08.19.2016 @4:28pm

Governor Maggie Hassan the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in N.H. dodged two questions about ObamaCare during an interview with NH1. President Obama’s signature accomplishment is once again a hot-button issue in senate campaigns across the country.

With 16 out of the 23 ObamaCare Co-Ops nationwide having failed already, consumers are expected to see hefty rate hikes in 2017. One of the nation’s largest healthcare providers, Aetna, announced they might leave the exchanges entirely in 2017 following heavy losses.

This has many speculating that the next president could face an ObamaCare meltdown when they take office in 2017.

Granite Staters aren’t immune to this potential ‘meltdown’ either. Some insurance providers in the state estimate consumers could see a 60 percent rate increase under ObamaCare in 2017.

Watch Hassan dodges below:

REPORTER: We haven’t talked about health care yet, we need to, it’s a big big part of the federal budget. And there is a lot of controversy over the Affordable Care Act, which so many people know as ObamaCare. We just saw the headlines this week, another major insurer pulling out of the exchanges in some of the states. First of all, is the health care system working?

HASSAN: Well, I think we need to build on the Affordable Care Act, um, it’s very very important that because of the Affordable Care Act, insurers can no longer discriminate against people with pre-existing condition, young people can stay on their parent’s health plans, uh, for longer, uh, the lifetime caps are gone. And because of the Affordable Care Act New Hampshire has its bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which is providing health coverage for nearly 50,000 hard working Granite Staters, including substance abuse. Now there are some things we need to adjust or fix in the Affordable Care Act. Uh we need to block the Cadillac tax and the medical device tax. Uh, we need to support something called Affordable Care Organizations which would reward quality instead of quantity. Uh and we need to get generic drugs to market more quickly, uh, but I think what’s really important for people to know is as we work to bring healthcare costs down and increase competition, something the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan has helped us do because people who are covered by it are getting their coverage from private insurers on the exchange. Um, as we do that it’s critical, though, for people to know that I will oppose any effort to take away Medicaid expansion or the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan from nearly 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters. Something that my opponent has voted to do.

 

REPORTER: Is ObamaCare fiscally responsible?

HASSAN: The Affordable Care Act is helping us get people access to preventive and primary care. Including behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. And as we see people getting access to that care, as we have seen in New Hampshire, we’ll see more of what’s called uncompensated care, especially in our emergency rooms, going down. We still do have to take measures, again, by focusing on accountable care organizations to reward quality and best practices in medicine. And that’s something that there are incentives for in the Affordable Care Act. We need to keep working towards that. But we can’t take healthcare away from people. That’s counterproductive. It’s something I hear from the business community, which supported our Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. They understand the value of a healthy workforce and reducing the cost shifting that having uninsured people can cause.

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