Granite Staters are suffering.
Health care premiums are skyrocketing, devastating the middle class here in the state and around the country. New Hampshire was promised we could keep our plan, and then 22,000 lost their health insurance. We were promised additional access to care; now we only have one insurer and almost half of our hospitals have been excluded from the Obamacare Exchange.
The 40-hour workweek has been eliminated, ever diminishing the take home checks of thousands of workers while 12 of the 21 taxes included in Obamacare fall on those earning less than $250,000 annually.
And the promise made to seniors in the form of Medicare? Eviscerated. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a cut to the popular Medicare Advantage Program which one report stated would cost the average senior nearly $1,000 in additional out of pocket costs annually.
Health care plays a critical role in the daily lives of all Americans. Today, medical decisions lie more in the hands of bureaucrats and insurance companies rather than doctors and patients. For these reasons, I have fought to repeal or defund Obamacare
It is long past time to find solutions to fix this broken health care system, too many are suffering, and too few have access to affordable, quality care. New Hampshire should not accept this current condition as a permanent reality; we can and must do better.
Recently, I began a Health Care Listening Tour, which has brought me to multiple locations and shown a bright light on the disastrous affects Obamacare has had on New Hampshire.
In place of Obamacare, Washington should push legislation permitting the purchasing of insurance across state lines, reform medical malpractice, increase competition and implement market-based reforms to reduce costs and increase access to quality, affordable health care.