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Epsom NH News

November 6, 2013

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It is time again to ask for donations and volunteers for the Annual Free Thanksgiving dinner atthe Epsom Fire House on Thanksgiving day, 12 -2pm, all are welcome and to call Karen at 736 9954 to donate or volunteer.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

The Legislature is now addressing the issue of expanding Medicaid eligibility, as desired by the Federal government. I’m strongly opposed to doing so, for several reasons. First, Medicaid is the worst possible “health plan” imaginable. According to various studies, being on Medicaid does not improve your health outcomes at all, compared with being uninsured (and poor). Why should we relegate our constituents to this miserable excuse for a plan, when nobody in New Hampshire can be turned away at the emergency room?


In addition, Medicaid is based on the premise that doctors and other health care providers will treat Medicaid patients for about 30% of the cost of the treatment. Because of that, patients with insurance (or without) pay more than cost in order to cover the Medicaid patients. You pay twice for Medicaid patients: first in your taxes to make the payments and run the bureaucracy, second in your health care costs, to cover the underpayments. Your taxes go up here as well, to cover the medical costs of government workers.


Finally, we can’t afford it. Even assuming that the Federal government keeps its promise to pay for 90% of the expansion “forever”, the 10% state share would be a big hit to the state budget. Even agreeing to the supporters’ modest estimates of new enrollees, the state would have to pay about $40 million in 2020. There’s not that much loose money in the state’s budget, so how will we pay for it? Cut spending on roads? Default on pension payments to our state and local employees? Extend the wait list for other services? Or go to the broad based tax most people in the state can’t support?


Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details than can fit here.


Representative Carol McGuire

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