But the changes were not enough to mollify
"Absolutely a betrayal," said Sen.
"I can't express how angry I am," said Bradley. "We went out of our way to try to build the cooperation and
The primary sponsor of the bill is Sen.
Deal was struck
"The bipartisan cooperation that we painstakingly built involved six of us," said Bradley, alluding to himself, Feltes, Rosenwald, Senate Majority Leader
"And now two of them (Feltes and Rosenwald) are eviscerating that cooperation. And that makes it impossible to function in this building. It just makes bipartisan cooperation really difficult in the future."
A major factor motivating the
"The Trump administration's recent changes to our bipartisan work requirement and the 18,000 people recently kicked off of their health care in
"We've met on multiple occasions with the Governor's office, the
House bill shelved
A House committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to shelve a separate House bill, HB 690, that would have eliminated the work requirement entirely, aware that such a move would only further antagonize
"We have no guarantee the House will not change again in the next five years, and our hospitals and doctors are expecting stability in the program, so we voted to retain the bill."
The vote in committee to retain was unanimous, 21-0.
"But health insurance is different," he said. "None of us can use it to pay our rent or buy groceries. It's there as a safety net. That's why I don't like the idea of a work requirement that's been tied to it, but I'll honor the agreement that's been made."
"The reason we were able to pass the expansion is the work requirement," he said. "It we take it out now, I could see a groundswell of people in the next election who would feel angry, betrayed and say 'to hell with the whole thing.'"
Ads target Feltes
Bradley offered a similar warning.
"This program has to be reauthorized in four years, and if bipartisan cooperation on this issue is eviscerated, what's going to happen four years from now?" he said. "The very people they think they are protecting are the ones who could get hurt the most."
A newly formed political action committee, A Better NH, launched its first radio buy on Wednesday with a 30-second spot highlighting the effort to redefine the work requirement and attacking Feltes.
The narrator urges listeners to "Tell Feltes, no free rides on health care," and provides his cell phone number.
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