Speaker O’Brien Out of Touch with Members of His Own Party, Granite Staters Alike, on Affordable Care Act Benefit to 545,000 Granite Staters
Concord, NH – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement that 545,000 Granite Staters no longer face lifetime limits on health benefits highlighted a rift among New Hampshire Republicans, and in the latest example of Speaker O’Brien being far out of the mainstream, he even disagrees with Congressman Guinta on this provision.
“The Affordable Care Act has helped 545,000 Granite Staters get the health care they need. Speaker O’Brien continues to ignore these facts, as well as the Granite State families who have been forced to stop receiving care because they couldn’t afford it,” said Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Even Rep. Guinta who is on the wrong side of almost every issue, supports this commonsense measure in the President’s Affordable Care Act – and opposes Speaker O’Brien’s out of touch position.”
“Despite support for this provision across the political spectrum, Republicans including Guinta, Bass, Romney and Santorum all want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would hurt the 545,000 Granite Staters who benefit from the removal of limits on health care,” said Buckley.
Speaker O’Brien on the removing insurance companies’ lifetime caps: “The effect of this Obamacare regulation for the vast majority of New Hampshire residents will be higher health insurance premiums, which will mean lower wages for our working families,” said House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon. “For some, this will mean that health-care costs are so high that their employers will drop coverage and it will lead to more uninsured citizens across the Granite State.” [Union Leader, 3/6/12]
Rep. Guinta on removing insurance companies’ lifetime caps: “Guinta said he’s working with other legislators to tackle health care issues, with one goal being to remove the lifetime maximum cap used by most private insurance carriers.” [Union Leader, 9/1/2011]