Gov. Sununu expresses opposition to GOP's proposed health care bill
CONCORD — In an open letter from Governor Chris Sununu to members of the U.S. Senate, Sununu expressed his concern for the proposed healthcare changes and his lack of support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
On Tuesday, Governor Sununu released a letter addressed to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, both of the U.S. Senate.
The full letter can be found here.
After reviewing the details of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the proposed replacement plan for Obamacare, Sununu and his administration expressed aspects of the BCRA that are commendable but do not outweigh their concerns.
"The best way to reform Obamacare is through a focus on transparency, competition and an improved partnership with states that includes reliable, adequate federal funding and flexibility for states to craft their own approaches to address the cost of care with improving quality, access and innovation," the letter reads.
From that perspective, the letter commends the increase in flexibility that would allow states to "innovate, increase competition and bring free market ideas forward."
According to Sununu, for New Hampshire to successfully manage health care systems, sufficient time, funding and flexibility is needed. With the BCRA's proposed per capita cap, New Hampshire is projected to lose at least $1.4 billion in the first decade.
This dramatic drop in funding would require the state to cut back in other areas, such as the Medicaid program, one of the the primary tools to combat the state's opioid crisis.
"The BCRA planned reduction in Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for this coverage group jeopardizes the investment the state has made," Sununu wrote. "In face, New Hampshire stands to lose nearly $20 million in FY2021 alone due to changes in funding for this coverage group."
"My job is to advocate for the people of New Hampshire," Sununu added. "Taken as a whole, we believe that the changes proposed in the BCRA will lead to cuts in eligibility, loss of coverage, or significant increases in state taxes. New Hampshire is proud of its tradition of not having an income tax or sales tax and remains vigilant against down-shifting of costs onto states that become general fund liabilities."
Sununu ended his letter expressing his opposition to the BCRA as it is currently written saying, "This is not an approach I can support."
Senate Republican leaders are currently delaying a vote on the bill until after the July 4 recess due to politicians expressing their oppositions leaving the GOP lacking enough votes to even begin debating.