Medicaid Expansion

Feds Approve NH Medicaid Expansion ‘Work Requirement’

by Steve MacDonald May 7, 2018

This isn’t exactly bad news. The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed in a May 7 letter that New Hampshire, as of Jan. 1, 2019, will be able to require all beneficiaries of expanded Medicaid health insurance from ages 19 to 64 to participate in 100 hours per month of […]

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Quick Thought: “Medicaid expansion passes NH House on voice vote”

by Skip May 5, 2018

That’s the headline at the Union Leader on the NH Republican elected officials continuing Obamacare in NH, one of the most contentious pieces of legislation over the last five years.  What a weseal way of passing such legislature!  Nice, easy way to keep your constituents from holding you accountable for a package that may well lead to […]

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New Hampshire’s Budget Voodoo Path to Expanded “Expanded Medicaid”

by Steve MacDonald March 12, 2018

On Saturday I referenced the passage of expanded Medicaid out of the State Senate. The new Bradley-Care Bill, SB313, complete with a new and improved five-year plan (instead of two, cue the Soviet national anthem) got the yeah votes of every Democrat in the New Hampshire Senate and seven out of fourteen “Republicans.” The chief […]

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Medicaid Expansion Continues to Get Worse With Republican Help

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2018

The NH State Senate proudly advanced, thanks to bipartisan support, the Medicaid Expansion scam, this time for five years. At the same time, over at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, we are treated to some truth about what will happen when this turd becomes the latest version of what passes for law.

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NH Medicaid Expansion – I wonder if State Senator Jeb Bradley is finally going to apologize to us all?

by Skip February 2, 2018

Even if he doesn’t, there’s a whole bunch of us that can and will taunt him with “See, told ya so!” as the Baby Daddy of Medicaid Expansion here in NH is finally meeting up with fiscal reality as the Sugar Daddy (the Feds) are tightening up their wallet and taxpayers here in NH are finally […]

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Report: Drug Addiction, Overdoses and Fraud Increases in Medicaid Expansion States

by Kimberly Morin January 22, 2018

Today, organizations that make money as drug abuse treatment centers held a breakfast for legislators to urge them to continue supporting Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion. These organizations directly benefit from taxpayer dollars because they rely on them in order to keep their doors open. In fact, John Burns, Director of SOS Recovery, admitted that his organization […]

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New Year’s Resolution for NH Politicians – Stop Lying to Voters

by Kimberly Morin January 1, 2018

January 1st is usually a day of reflection for many people over the previous year. It’s also a day where people create New Year’s Resolutions to make some sort of change in the new year. Political Buzz decided it might be a good time to create a New Year’s Resolution for politicians in New Hampshire, […]

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Gee, if only someone had warned them…

by Skip September 24, 2017

And yes, that would be we Groksters.  For years we have warned about taking “free money with strings attached.” There’s another meme that describes the below from the Pravda on the Merrimack: “Fed crack.” No, not real drugs but the allure and the addiction is just as real as that white powder: greenbacks. Lots of […]

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No kidding, Sherlock: HHS head: GOP health bill could result in $820M N.H. Medicaid cut

by Skip September 23, 2017

“But in the end, Meyers added, the New Hampshire DHHS – like the rest of the country this week – lies at the whim of Congressional forces.” They never seem to learn the rather straight forward lesson of “with strings attached”, do they?  And the other one is “he who has the gold doesn’t have […]

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Medicaid Expansion – well THANK YOU (again) Republicans Jeb Bradley, Chuck Morse, and the other…

by Skip June 7, 2017

…cast of known characters that decided, contra the NH GOP Platform, that shoving NH into the Obamacare morass via the Medicaid Expansion (Hey Jeb – thanks for the extra taxes!).  So once again, Govt has decided that it knows economics better than anyone and these self-righteous nitwits went for it.  I’m not waiting for my […]

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TANSTAAFL – and Oregon is starting to learn that “free money” ain’t free

by Skip May 1, 2017

SHOT: Oregon lawmakers consider ending Medicaid expansion to shore up budget. Democratic lawmakers in Oregon are considering ending the state’s Medicaid expansion in an effort to address a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. The state’s Ways and Means committee, which includes both senators and representatives, suggested cutting Medicaid expansion in an effort to curb Oregon’s $1.6 billion budget […]

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NOW NH Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley has a conscience that NH taxpayers are also FEDERAL taxpayers?

by Skip April 16, 2017

From WMUR’s CLOSEUP: “It’s still a $70 billion cost,” said Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, referring to the national cost of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. “New Hampshire taxpayers are federal taxpayers, and I think we need to respect that.” Respect?  Well, my, my – how CONVENIENT, eh?  When it came to passing Medicaid Expansion the first […]

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the American Healthcare Act: Deep Dive Part 2 – Cancellation of Medicaid Expansion

by Skip March 6, 2017

Medicaid Expansion – NH State Rep Joe LaChance, NH State Senator Jeb Bradley, NH State Senator Chuck Morse, and former NH State Senator (and present NH GOP Chair) Jeannie Forrester and a whole raft of others are NOW going to have a LOT of ‘splaining to do in how NH is going to institute whole […]

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the American Healthcare Act: Deep Dive Part 1

by Skip March 6, 2017

OK, this is going to take a while and probably more than few posts. All emphasis and reformatting is mine.  First thought, though, it looks like the Republicans are going to spend more money and spend it this year.  Right off the bat (page 2, lines 4 – 9), right at the top of this […]

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GT-Flashback March 1st, 2014 – Crimea River

by Steve MacDonald February 25, 2017

Listen to “GT-Flashback March 1st, 2014 – Crimea River” on Spreaker. Those who ignore history and all that, right? So here’s our podcast from March 1st, 2014 with conversations on Obama’s ‘response’ to Russia in Crimea, the NHGOP and Medicaid Expansion, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s connection to Bondage and Submission sex videos for teens, and Democrats oppressing […]

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Chuck Morse – “our voting crap don’t stink” (parapharsed)

by Skip November 29, 2016

Republican State Senator Chuck Morse is irritated.  My, my, the person who blessed implementing Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion here in NH allowing grown able-bodied men to sponge off the rest of us, is upset.  And he doesn’t like it at all.  Piqued?  Surely.  Angered?  I just wish I was there with camera in hand to catch […]

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Republicans lose when they adopt the linguistics of the Left

by Skip September 23, 2016

Happens every time when the Right allows the Left to shape and define the battlefield. From the Union Leader (emphasis mine, reformatted): “If Chris had his way in the vote he cast multiple times, 50,000 people would not have their health care,” Van Ostern said. He admitted the next state budget would likely require more dollars from […]

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Show #155 Podcast

by Steve MacDonald August 13, 2016

Greg Moore from AFP-NH and NH House Rep JR Hoell join us to discuss Right to Work, economic freedom, business taxes, Medicaid expansion and Obamacare, wages, free markets and more. Catch up with the podcast on any of these platforms

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A reminder about Jeanne Forrester – she signed the check for the “Medicaid Expansion” Republican scapegoat re-election campaign

by Skip August 4, 2016

No, not NH Rep Joe LaChance (who glorifies himself for being THE point person in the NH House that expanded the scope, reach, intrusion of Government – and, as Kimberly points out with the no work clause, the enlarging of the Democrat Government dependency “hammock”. No, that role was filled by now retired NH State […]

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Jeanie Forrester is lying about her record on Obamacare

by Kimberly Morin August 4, 2016

Yesterday Jeanie Forrester, candidate for governor in the Republican primary and current New Hampshire State Senator, signed the Americans for Prosperity Pledge. The pledge states that the signers will cut taxes and fees; cut spending and government; pass Right-to-Work and oppose all forms of Obamacare in New Hampshire. It also states that the signer will […]

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Chris Sununu’s Economic ‘Plan’ Raises Questions

by Steve MacDonald July 15, 2016
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Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Sununu released an economic plan this past week (Skip mentions it here). As part of the scheme, he supports the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act to help make health care more affordable. Great news except there is a problem. Not that long ago he supported ObamaCare’s expanded Medicaid provision. “I […]

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Steven Woitkun Voted to Protect Big Labor

by Kimberly Morin June 12, 2016

Over the past several weeks, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) of New Hampshire has been canvassing neighborhoods across the state targeting representatives who voted against ‘Right to Work’. Examiner caught up with them in Fremont where they were targeting Steven Woitkun for voting against workers’ rights and for big labor.

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Another New Hampshire State Senate “Rat” Jumps Ship

by Steve MacDonald May 26, 2016
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Now that they have set the ship of state on fire and sent it rudderless toward the rocky shore, New Hampshire State Senators are finding all sorts of reasons not to run for re-election. ‘I’ve done enough damage,’ would be the honest response but no, instead we get, “I want to spend more time with […]

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Good Question: Will hospitals voluntarily pay $40M to keep expanded Medicaid going?

by Skip April 15, 2016

From the Concord Monitor from a little bit ago (reformatted, emphasis mine): Will hospitals voluntarily pay $40M to keep expanded Medicaid going? Newly approved plan relies on voluntary contributions from hospitals, insurance carriers.  New Hampshire’s newly reauthorized Medicaid expansion is riding on a hope that hospitals and insurance carriers will voluntarily help foot the bill, […]

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Yes, NH Rep Joe LaChance, you did it. The NH Advantage just died a little more as you wielded that knife

by Skip April 6, 2016

Nice to see how easy it is for the Republicans mentioned above to backslap themselves in advancing the Democrat agenda item in moving socialized medicine forward. Limited Government? Less intrusive Govt? Free Markets? Ah….nope.Just once again proving to the base that the NH GOP is really the Bipartisan Fusion Party (aka, the Jr. Lackeys of […]

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Here is the NH GOP Chair doing the rah-rah for Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

by Skip April 4, 2016

BUMPED: in doing some research (after all, we pretty much talk about all things political so with close to 25,000 posts, the ‘Grok has become its own research center), I came across this where NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn was boosting Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion.  First published on 11/18/2013, it shows that, 3 years later, how […]

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NH State Senator Jeanie Forrester just announced her candidacy for NH Governor; I have a question you won’t like at all

by Skip March 30, 2016

Given this and the Fiscal Note for the cost of continuing Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion (look at that $47 million dollars/Net General Fund Share) you helped put the State on the hook for: I have a question for you, Jeanie Forrester, now that you have announced for Governorship run.

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NH just said: hey, layabouts – we’ll fund your health insurance with other peoples’ money

by Skip March 30, 2016

Gladly, too – these Republicans decided that they know better how to spend your money than you do.  To wit: Shot: States moving to restore work requirements for food stamp recipients …Kansas was one of the first states to reverse that in 2013.  “I believe most Americans and most Kansans think it’s common sense,” said Andrew […]

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Bill O’Brien on Why He Voted “FOR” Medicaid Expansion in the NH House

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2016
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From Bill, on Facebook. I have received a number of questions on Facebook and in emails about why I voted “for” Medicaid Expansion. As the debate reached a conclusion, a number of us were attempting to move for reconsideration of the vote that effectively eliminated the work requirement. The ruling of the Speaker was that […]

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