Hassan And Lamontagne Clash Over Health Care, Again

Oct 2, 2012

New Hampshire's candidates for governor continue to clash over how to fund health care reform.

Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan met for their fourth debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts, in a 90-minute gathering sponsored by the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.

Hassan sought to align Lamontagne with House Speaker Bill O’Brien.  She pointed to Lamontagne’s refusal to accept federal funds for setting up a healthcare exchange or expanding Medicaid.

“(Hassan) The impact of would be to allow the O’Brien legislature to run healthcare for our seniors and our children and that is the wrong thing to do.  (Lamontagne) The impact of my plan is to allow New Hampshire people, doctors and leaders in hospitals to design the system that works best for us.  And Maggie’s approach is always to look for government, big government is better.”

Lamontagne accused Hassan of reckless spending during her leadership of the state Senate in 2009.

Two additional debates are scheduled Thursday and Friday.