Health law foes rally against 'broken promises'
Joe Thomas, left, of Merrimack and State Rep. Philip Straight of Merrimack hold signs during the Wrong for New Hampshire Picnic and Rally in Concord on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The anti-ACA rally on the State House lawn sponsored by Americans for Prosperity — New Hampshire drew about 175 people, including many lawmakers.
As speaker, O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, led the charge against the act and the state's cooperation with its provisions, including backing efforts to block the state from establishing its own health insurance exchange.
O'Brien and other speakers warned of insurance premium increases, lost jobs and health insurance, and tax increases directly and indirectly from the new law. They said it needs to be repealed and stopped in its tracks before any more damage is done.
Key components of the ACA are about to take effect, such as the health insurance exchanges where individuals and small businesses can shop to compare coverage plans, and the mandate for individual insurance coverage for everyone.
AFP — NH director Greg Moore called the act a series of broken promises, from lower costs to no new taxes on the middle class.
He quoted former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, who said provisions of the law essentially amount to health care rationing, which drew cheers and shouts of "What about the death panels?" from several attendees.
"AFP's event is part of a national conservative campaign to actively discourage people from accessing quality, affordable health care, and they will particularly be targeting young adult men to encourage them to skip health coverage," said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. "This behavior is shameful political shenanigans that will hurt Granite State families."
Rep. Pam Tucker, R-Greenland, a former House Deputy Speaker, told the crowd that House Speaker Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth, says the state will lose $1 million a day if Medicaid isn't expanded. "Where is that money coming from?" Tucker said. "We know where it's coming from."
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