I’M NOT A FAN of the Affordable Care Act, nor am I a fan of Medicare for All or any single-payer health insurance plan. The United States is a large and diverse country that I believe is best served by free markets offering choices. Individuals and states demand flexibility.

For these reasons and others, Gov. Chris Sununu is not a fan of the Affordable Care Act either, yet he has joined a multi-state lawsuit defending it. It appears some have misunderstood why.

Perhaps we’ve become too reliant on a 24-hour news cycle filled with sound bites and bent on telling us not just the facts, but what we should think about the facts. So I ask you to look a little deeper.

When one first hears that, at the direction of our governor, New Hampshire has joined a suit defending the Affordable Care Act, it makes sense to wonder why. Thankfully, we can still read and I urge you all to read what the governor has said about this matter.

Despite advocating for a complete overhaul of the ACA — a system in desperate need of reform — Gov. Sununu knows that repealing it without a replacement in place is a fool’s errand, not good for New Hampshire and not good for our country.

We tried it once before during the President Trump’s first year and failed miserably. Without an acceptable alternative waiting in the wings, New Hampshire would lose hundreds of millions of dollars for our current health care system and more than 52,000 of our people would lose coverage immediately. Others would be forced to seek care from emergency rooms, causing uncompensated-care costs to skyrocket. Our increased costs would be paid from the state’s General Fund, stressing our state budget, which would have insufficient funds to cover expenses and lead to either massive cuts in state services or higher taxes.

The current ACA also is an integral part of our efforts to fight the opioid crisis. Without a replacement, our addiction recovery plan would end and patients would lose their access to treatment. Can we really afford any of that?

On the surface, the governor’s action shocked a few people, particularly some in his own party, but things are not always what they seem.

It has been said that the only person we can agree with all of the time is ourselves. I have never found a politician that I agree with all of the time, but I have found politicians that I trust. Chris Sununu is an honest, bright, caring governor, not working for Republicans or Democrats, but, as he says, “for the 603.” Look a little deeper this time and you might agree that he made the right decision for the Granite State.

Republican National Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron lives in Keene.

Monday, March 30, 2020

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Over the last few weeks, the state has taken unprecedented action in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The decisions we have made are tough — but they are consistently moving in step with the escalating COVID-19 crisis here in New Hampshire.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020

THIS MONTH’S Parable magazine of the Diocese of Manchester has an article by Bishop Libasci entitled “Preserving Catholic Healthcare in New Hampshire”, a misleading assurance. The “definitive agreement” outlining this ‘partnership’ is lengthy and intricate, but I would like to offer “Cliff N…

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I was sitting in a recent committee hearing at the state house listening to Planned Parenthood and the NH Women’s Foundation argue in favor of a Senate bill (SB 486) that would require employers in the state to cover all abortions in their health plans. I had brought my young son and found m…

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THE MEASURE and List as part of a revaluation for all Nashua properties is starting now. Vision Government Solutions will be going through each ward over the next two-and-a-half years. All residents are being asked to open their doors and allow Vision entry to perform an inspection and take …

Monday, March 23, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020

AS THE WORLD faces the current pandemic, we must all focus inward toward our local communities and work together to survive whatever the future holds. As CEO of Great NH Restaurants, I never dreamed I would face the situation we are in now. If you are like me, you’re filled with more questio…

Friday, March 20, 2020