New Hampshire State Senator Ray White enthusiastically embraces the repeal of ObamaCare, but in case repeal efforts fail, he is ready to protect New Hampshire’s healthcare sovereignty.
In the wake of what the state senator calls “one of the worst decisions ever made in Washington,” White has backed a bill that would exempt New Hampshire residents from the individual mandate. White has also called for New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney to join the 26-state lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s constitutionality.
White acknowledges that it would be reckless to assume ObamaCare will be repealed or declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. In his piece for the Concord Monitor, White explains the necessity of accepting a federal planning grant to “study and potentially develop a uniquely New Hampshire” health insurance exchange. Under ObamaCare, all states must have such exchanges. If a state refuses to set one up, the federal government will do it for them. 48 states have accepted federal money to develop their own exchanges.
The federal grant of $666,000 would be a “win-win” according to White. First, New Hampshire would protect and exercise its sovereignty. Second, a well-run state health insurance exchange would drive down costs by providing more information to residents. Better-informed consumers will force health insurers to compete with one another to provide the most coverage at the lowest cost. In other words, White hopes to turn the threat of socialized medicine into an improved free market.