Ayotte, in Keene, talks ACA, and future of federal budget
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) met with Keene Rotary Club members at the Keene Country Club on Monday. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)
Ayotte started by talking about various bipartisan bills she supports that she said would move the federal government towards using taxpayer money more effectively.
When she asked for questions, Rotary members expressed concerns about the cost of the Affordable Care Act down the road, the cost of health care in the United States and defense spending.
Ayotte agreed, "Without a safe country you can't prosper economically."
Ayotte said cuts were expected after forces pulled out of Iraq and as forces in Afghanistan diminish, however the cuts proposed by the administration are drastic.
"I was reading that up to 4 million people signed up under Medicaid, and New Hampshire was going to sign up about 50,000 under Medicaid," Roberts said.
"I don't see how the federal government will be able to pay 90 percent with the debt continuing to go higher," Roberts said.
Morally and ethically the state would be bound to continue to cover the Medicaid enrollees and that would have a devastating effect of the New Hampshire budget and other state budgets, he said.
Ayotte said it is a fiscal challenge the country will face if not addressed.
"When you think about where things are, with 17 trillion dollars in debt and when you think about how things now not being fully funded," Ayotte said. "It is a fiscal challenge. … That question has to be asked and answered."
"You can go to India and get a hip replacement for less than you pay for an insurance co-payment here," Reisig said. "Here in the United States we're supporting the rest of the world on these medical devices."
"If you've ever tried to shop around in our health care system it's very challenging. How do you do it?" she said.
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