Responding to Mitt Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan said that with Paul Ryan on the ticket, Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have a new partner in their attempts to dismantle Medicare for New Hampshire's seniors.
"Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Paul Ryan all share the same goal of dismantling Medicare, a program which is critically important to New Hampshire's seniors," said Hassan. "They want to let the legislature take over Medicare and strongly support Ryan's plan to dismantle the program."
"Medicare provides access to critical health care for tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens," said Hassan. "I will stand up to the Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne Plan to dismantle Medicare and always fight to protect our seniors and all citizens from any attempts to restrict access to health care."
Ovide Lamontagne has stood with Bill O'Brien and the reckless Tea Party legislature in calling for the state to takeover Medicare. Under the Ovide-O'Brien plan, the legislature would be permitted to increase health care costs on seniors by $6,000 or more a year, change eligibility rules and deny access to services. Our seniors can't afford the Ovide-O'Brien plan for Medicare.
Ovide Lamontagne has said that one of his top priorities as Governor will be to push to get the federal government to "block grant" Medicare and allow the legislature to run it. The House has already passed a bill called for Congress to create an "Interstate Health Compact," which would allow the legislature to run Medicare.
"This legislature has already cut health care for people with disabilities, children and seniors in nursing homes, while Ovide stood by. New Hampshire citizens cannot afford to stand by while Ovide Lamontagne, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan try to dismantle Medicare," said Hassan. "I will stand up to anyone who tries to restrict access to health care for New Hampshire seniors."
In a February op-ed, Ovide Lamontagne said the takeover of Medicare would be one of his top priorities as governor. Lamontagne has also expressed support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which would make seniors pay more for health care and put private for-profit health insurers in charge of their care. Other advocates have deemed this proposal "revolutionary" -- and that's exactly what it is: a revolutionary change that would take away health care for New Hampshire seniors.