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What New Hampshire did to stop ObamaCare

July 2, 2012

Calendar of ObamaCare related events in New Hampshire; what New Hampshire did to stop ObamaCare.

The calendar of events is after the jump but here is a quick summary.  Over the 2011-2012 legislative session, 10 bills designed to limit or stop ObamaCare were debated in NH.  5 of the bills passed.  NH rejected the United States Department of Health and Human Services grants for researching and creating an ObamaCare related exchange in NH.  NH made it so that a resident of New Hampshire shall not be required to obtain, or be assessed a fee or fine for failure to obtain, health insurance coverage.  NH prohibited the state of New Hampshire from planning, creating, or participating in a state exchange.

Edit: According to the July 5, 2012 edition of the Nashua Telegraph, “New Hampshire is one of only two states in the country that hasn’t accepted money to set up a state health care exchange.”

3/23/2010 HR3590, the ObamaCare bill, was signed by President Obama.

3/15/2011 HB89 passed the NH House by a 259-107 vote.
HB89
Passed the House 259-107
This bill requires the attorney general to join the state of New Hampshire as a plaintiff in the lawsuit pending in federal court captioned State of Florida et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services et al.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/Bill_docket.aspx?lsr=335&sy=2011&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&txtbillnumber=hb89

4/27/2011 HB89 passed the NH Senate Commerce Committee by a vote of 4-1.
The Committee amended HB89 to say that the attorney general should join the ObamaCare lawsuit instead of requiring the attorney general to join the lawsuit as HB89 was originally written.

5/4/11 SR9 passed the NH Senate by a voice vote.
SR9
Passed Senate by voice vote, Doesn’t need to pass anyway else as it is a Senate Resolution
This senate resolution requests an opinion of the justices concerning the constitutionality of HB 89.  The NH Senate decided to table HB89 wait on for the ruling of SR9 by the NH Supreme Court before deciding to vote on HB89.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/Bill_status.aspx?lsr=1096&sy=2011&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&txtbillnumber=sr9

6/15/2011 New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that the legislature cannot force the attorney general of NH to join the ObamaCare lawsuit, which is what HB89 originally called for.

7/14/2011 SB148 passed with the NH House voting 261-104 and the NH Senate using a voice vote for the bill.
SB148
Passed without Gov. Lynch’s signature
This bill provides that a resident of New Hampshire shall not be required to obtain, or be assessed a fee or fine for failure to obtain, health insurance coverage.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/bill_docket.aspx?lsr=258&sy=2011&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&txtbillnumber=sb148

7/18/2011 HB601 passed with the NH House voting 254-96 and the NH Senate voting 19-5 for the bill.
HB601
Passed without Gov. Lynch’s signature
This bill establishes an oversight committee to provide legislative oversight, policy direction and recommendations for legislation with respect to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 Public Law 111-148, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152. This bill requires the insurance commissioner to obtain approval from the oversight committee before implementing any of the federal changes. This bill also directs the insurance commissioner to decline certain exchange planning grant funds [$666,000 so far] and to indicate to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services that the money is to be used to reduce the federal budget deficit.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/bill_docket.aspx?lsr=794&sy=2011&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&txtbillnumber=hb601

9/7/2011 HB89 died on the table in the NH Senate.

10/12/2011 HR13 passed with the NH House voting 258-112 for the resolution.
HR13
Passed House 258-112, Doesn’t need to pass anyway else as it is a House Resolution
This house resolution declares that the advisory opinion issued by the supreme court in response to SR 9 under New Hampshire constitution, Part II, Article 74 was incorrect and a dangerous addition to a series of decisions of the court inimical to the authority of the legislature and the right of the people to be controlled by no laws other than those to which they or their elected representatives have consented, and urging the senate to remove HB 89, a bill requiring the attorney general to join a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare, from the table and pass it.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Bill_docket.aspx?lsr=1113&sy=2011&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2011&txtbillnumber=HR13

11/9/2011 New Hampshire Executive Council voted 3-2 to table the US Department of Health and Human Services grant of $333,000 for the purpose of supporting a process in NH to determine whether NH should establish a health insurance exchange for individuals and small businesses in relation to ObamaCare.

12/14/2011 New Hampshire Executive Council voted 3-2 to keep the Department of Health and Human Services grant of $333,000 on the table and for NH to not take the federal grant money.

3/7/2012 SB357 passed the NH Senate by a voice vote.
SB357
This bill establishes a commission to study how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, as amended, will affect the cost of delivering emergency medical services in New Hampshire communities.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_docket.aspx?lsr=2923&sy=2012&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2012&txtbillnumber=SB357

3/28/2012 HB1560 passed the NH House by a 221-131 vote.
HB1560
Passed the House 221-131
This bill establishes the interstate Health Care Compact which provides that each member state shall have the authority to enact state laws that supersede any and all federal laws regarding health care within its state.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Bill_docket.aspx?lsr=2597&sy=2012&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2012&txtbillnumber=hb1560

3/29/2012 HB1727 passed with the NH House voting 218-79 for the bill.
HB1727
Passed the House 218-79
This bill requires the commissioner of the insurance department to return $333,000 in exchange planning grants to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.  “As majority leader I can assure the people of New Hampshire that we will continue to block any attempt to force ObamaCare money upon us,” House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt said.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Bill_docket.aspx?lsr=3064&sy=2012&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2012&txtbillnumber=hb1727

4/25/2012 SB357 was killed in the NH House by a 238-53 vote.  The NH House was sympathetic to the concerns of the sponsors of this bill but didn’t follow that the bill was necesary.

5/2/2012 HB1727 was killed in the NH Senate by a voice vote.

5/9/2012 HB1560 was killed in the NH Senate by a 21-3 vote.

6/21/2012 HB1297 was signed by Governor Lynch.
HB1297
Passed with Gov. Lynch’s signature
This bill clarifies the implementation of certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This bill prohibits the state of New Hampshire from planning, creating, or participating in a state health care exchange. The bill also establishes guidelines for interaction with a federally-facilitated exchange created for New Hampshire.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_docket.aspx?lsr=2538&sy=2012&sortoption=&txtsessionyear=2012&txtbillnumber=HB1297

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