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August 14, 2013

Letter: Washington’s Medicaid promises can’t be trusted

To the editor:

Over the last month there have been several letters to the editor regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the related subject of New Hampshire Medicaid expansion. Obamacare is nothing more than redistribution of wealth and should be overturned or at the very least not funded.

While this act has been debated over and over I would like to share several remarks made by Democrats regarding this issue. Max Baucus, one of the law’s key authors and Senate Finance Committee chairman, warned its implementation could be a “train wreck.”

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who has also been a practicing physician, published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal and was somewhat candid about Obamacare. Dr. Dean is not a fan of one of Obamacare’s central components — the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Sarah Palin made headlines when she referred to the IPAB as “death panels.” Here is what Dr. Dean wrote: “One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.”

The president recently suspended Obamacare’s employer mandate for companies with more that 50 employees, but he is refusing to suspend the individual mandate. So Obama is giving Big Business tax cuts and breaks from Obamacare that small businesses and families can’t get.

One letter referred to New Hampshire receiving “over $2.5 billion in guaranteed Medicaid funds.” Let me ask you a question, do you trust the federal government? Many times, Washington wants states to sign up for programs that they promise they will fund. Eventually Washington decreases what is promised and the taxpayers have to make up the difference. If Washington cut the “guaranteed” $2.5 billion by 30 percent, New Hampshire taxpayers would have to come up with over $100 million per year.

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