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October 10, 2013

Letters to the editor

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So far the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Senate has said no to this. That would be a self-inflicted wound to the state because: the federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost of the program for three years and no less than 90 percent thereafter; the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Hospital Association and the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association have all endorsed the program and believe there is capacity in the treatment system to handle any increase in utilization; and the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute states that the expansion of Medicaid will create 5,100 new jobs in the state and increase gross state product by $2.8 billion.

So, it doesn’t cost the state money, and provides significant fiscal benefit, all while helping low income people get health care. The state can withdraw from the program if it is unsuccessful. Why not do it? Maybe because it is part of our president’s excellent health care insurance plan and some Republicans will do anything to stop that. Let’s hope the New Hampshire Legislature will be more interested in helping the state’s citizens than in trying to spite the president.

Robert Wilkinson

Portsmouth

Shutdown is an intimidation tactic

To the editor:

The partial government shutdown is President Obama’s political theater intended to intimidate Republicans into ending their opposition to Obamacare, continued reckless spending, Obama’s job killing policies, and Obama’s appointment of radical left-wingers to key government positions.

Without media hype, most Americans wouldn’t notice the “shutdown.” To increase the pain and get attention, President Obama spent more money to shut down things never closed before, such as open air monuments like the World War II and Vietnam memorials, where he erected barriers and sent more guards to prevent access than normally would be there.

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