I today allowed SB 148, to become law without my signature.
SB 148 purports to block the individual coverage provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from going forward in New Hampshire.
No matter what one's view is of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the constitutionality of the Act and of the individual coverage provision is currently being considered in the federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately determine whether this law will be upheld and enforced in all states, including New Hampshire.
On a practical level, there is no mechanism for the State of New Hampshire to enforce SB 148. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the assessments for not obtaining health insurance will not be administered through the state but through the Internal Revenue Service. Legislators and the public should understand that this legislation would have no impact on the capacity of the State of New Hampshire to block the individual health insurance mandate or the federal assessments for not obtaining insurance.