Hassan expressed some optimism after the House vote: “I will continue working with both the House and Senate toward a constructive compromise on health care expansion that will work from day one and for the long term in order to boost our economy, strengthen our health care system, and improve the health and financial well-being of New Hampshire’s working families.”
Hassan has been fighting the good fight with this legislation, as she has been all along with the ongoing casino imbroglio. Hassan is being hamstrung, much like former Gov. John Lynch was during his final term, by a state GOP that mirrors the Washington version despite our voters eradicating many of the tea party Republicans who ruled Concord from January 2011 to January 2013.
Obviously more work has to be done by astute voters in November, as the last thing our conservative New Hampshire pols want this year is for our Democratic governor and our state to have success with this important legislation. And they are apparently willing to sacrifice the health of thousands of our poor residents on their ideological altar to ensure that we don’t.
William F. Klessens