Rather than post an introduction to this blog, I am going straight to an issue of importance for New Hampshire: Will the legislature allow the process of preparing for health care reform to continue, or will it block reform?
Below Caitlin Rollo argues in Foster’s Daily Democrat (click for full article) that the planning for implementing the reforms should continue.
“Last month the N.H. House and Senate Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted 9-1 to accept a $1 million federal grant to fully fund development of a health insurance exchange. Even though they oppose the Affordable Care Act, experienced Republican leaders, including the Senate president, the chairs of the House and Senate Finance Committees and House and Senate Ways and Means Committees, know that good leaders do what is best for New Hampshire even if it sometimes runs counter to their personal beliefs.
These top Republican legislators put aside their dislike of the Affordable Care Act because they understood that not accepting the grant would not make the law go away; it would simply mean the federal government would step in and do it for us. By turning away the federal funding, we would be giving up an opportunity to develop and regulate ourselves a program local to New Hampshire. Good leaders know that doesn’t make sense.”