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Sen. Kelly Ayotte Faces 3rd Party Candidate Threat Over Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Aaron Day, the New Hampshire State Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, has been fighting Obamacare’s medicaid expansion on the local level for years now.

Day spoke with Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook in 2013 after Day and statewide activists were able to successfully table a bill, but in 2015 Medicaid expansion is once again a fierce battle in the state.

In an exclusive interview with Truth In Media, Day told Joshua Cook that N.H. Republicans are not trying to stop Obamacare Medicaid expansion and are actually drafting the bill for the expansion.

 

Regarding a possible third-party run, Day declared that this is a serious consideration. “I’m not actually just throwing this out here, you know ‘maybe I’ll do it.’ I’ve already got a team together to get on the ballot. I need to get 3,000 signatures to get on the ballot as an independent. I already have a team in place, I’ve had a lawyer review the process.”

Following the interview, Day clarified to Truth in Media that “if the Republicans in New Hampshire expand Medicaid, I will launch a third party campaign. If the party rejects expansion, I will continue fighting in the trenches to elect conservative Republicans.”

Aaron Day said he asked Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), who is now the Speaker of the House, how he would advise and instruct the Republicans in the N.H. state senate regarding medicaid expansion.

“Tell them no, no, no on Medicaid expansion. The funding won’t be there,” said Ryan.

Day said that expanding Medicaid would ultimately bankrupt New Hampshire or trigger a massive tax hike. Currently, New Hampshire has no income or sales tax.

Day said that Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is an influential force behind the movement to move Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in the state.

Cook asked Day about his thoughts on splitting the vote and the result of Republicans losing a majority in the Senate if Sen. Ayotte loses.

“Not only might this cost her her seat, this might cost the Republicans control of the United States Senate,” said Day. “Which tells you just how serious I am about this issue, because it was thrown in our face. We wouldn’t be in this place if it weren’t for people who made a political calculation that said ‘in order for Kelly to win we are going to throw the state underwater so she has better election chances,’ I’m just changing the math.”

Day asked, “why bother even have two parties if Republicans are going to cave on an issue like this?”

“Because the number one problem our country faces in the next 12 to 18 months is a looming sovereign debt crisis. We have $18 trillion of debt and hundreds of trillions of unfunded liabilities and we are asleep at the switch and adding fuel to the fire by expanding Medicaid is only going to exacerbate the situation,” added Day.

Fact Check: Christie Did Not Stop Obamacare in New Jersey

WISCONSIN, November 11, 2015– During Tuesday night’s Republican undercard debate hosted by Fox Business News, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tried to convince America that he stood up to the Obama agenda when he claimed that, as Governor, he “stopped Obamacare in New Jersey because we refused to participate in the federal exchange.” While some of that statement is partly true, Christie actually followed along with other liberal governors and took steps to save Obamacare.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, a states’ rights organization dedicated to fighting federal overreach, there are four steps that states needed to take in order to stop Obamacare in their state.

The first step is refusing to set up a state exchange. In 2012, Christie vetoed a state health insurance exchange bill.

Under Obamacare, the federal government is relying heavily on states to use their own resources to support the law by setting up a state exchange. Why? Because the federal government simply couldn’t handle implementing the law on their own.

However, Christie stopped short of doing anything else to stop Obamacare. In fact, he propped it up.

The next thing states could have done to help kill Obamacare was to refuse to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. However, Governor Christie accepted Medicaid expansion in New Jersey.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal ran an article noting that Christie’s move to expand Medicaid under Obamacare had angered Republicans.

The third thing Christie could have done to stop Obamacare was to prohibit the State Insurance Commissioner from investigating and enforcing health insurance requirements. However, Christie did not do so.

Finally, Christie could have used legislation to block the IRS’s ObamaCare taxes by suspending the licenses of insurers that accept the subsidies. “Since no insurer would then accept one, not a single employer in the state could be hit with the employer-mandate penalties those subsidies trigger,” states the Tenth Amendment Center. However, Christie didn’t do so.

Judge Andrew Napolitano said that if a number of states were willing to follow the above 4 steps, then Obamacare would be gutted.

Taken together, had Christie performed these four steps, he could have actually stopped the implementation of Obamacare in New Jersey. However, he did the opposite, which actually saved Obamacare in New Jersey.

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Historic Victory: N.H. Liberty Activists Stop Medicaid Expansion

The Chairman of the N.H. Republican Liberty Caucus, Aaron Day, won a huge victory last week by stopping a Medicaid expansion bill in New Hampshire.

Chairman Day told Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook in an exclusive interview last week that he planned to launch a campaign to put pressure on Republican state senators who were planning to vote for  Medicaid expansion. His plan was to primary these senators who voted to expand Medicaid with a slate of liberty candidates and $1 Million dollars raised throughout the state.

According to Chairman Day, the Medicaid expansion would ultimately trigger an income tax in New Hampshire which is one of the few states that do not have an income tax.

primary“At the end of the day we won because of the grassroots efforts. One of activists took a flyer with a picture of a senator that said “RINO” (Republican in name only) and delivered it to his house. At the state house last Thursday there were 25 people with signs that said, “Medicaid expansion equals income tax.” It was remarkable,” said Day.

Chairman Day did run into trouble with the GOP establishment though.

“The president of the senate was so pissed off about our press conference that he called U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte who called the state committeeman who called the RNC to try to shut me down. They were not happy about this,” said Day.

Chairman Day like so many grassroots activist who advocate for a limited government believes that there is a battle for the soul of the Republican Party.

Apparently politics has gone beyond logic-chopping debates about fiscal policy to out right trench warfare. Those in power are resorting to tactics that would make Saul Alinsky blush.

Chairman Day said, “I had someone in my back yard in the bushes spying on my house with a camera taking pictures. This has gone out of control. They have gone to extreme intimidation tactics.”

In a bizarre turn of events Jennifer Horn, Chairman of the New Hampshire GOP made a public statement backing the Republican senate plan for Medicaid expansion.

“Our Party platform explicitly states that we will resist any effort to implement Obamacare. Chairman Horn is dead wrong. We plan to hold a special meeting with delegates to have her retract her statements or resign. That has to happen,” said Chairman Day.

Chairman Day states that his organization does not get any support from the state Party. He wants to out raise them and wants to build an organization that will have more impact.

“We have to do the functions that they are not doing,” said Chairman Day. “The reality is that the state Party here is a hindrance. They violate the platform. They have a “go along to get along” establishment mentality.  They want Republicans to get elected, but they choose Party over principle. My view is that principles matter and if you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything as the saying goes.”

Chairman Day and his grassroots supporters believes that stopping the Medicaid expansion and a state income tax was a huge victory.

“The lesson here is that a small group of people at a local level can turn things around,” said Chairman Day.

Chairman Day said that he will fight even harder to limit government in 2014.

Exclusive: New Hampshire Liberty Activists Fight to Stop Medicaid Expansion

Both New Hampshire House and Senate committees voted this week to expand Medicaid. Many states have opted out of Medicaid expansion because it is too expensive to implement. Some Governors have implemented Medicaid expansion by executive order despite the political heat.

New Hampshire has both the Republican and Democrat parties advancing a plan to expand Medicaid to 58,000 people. However, while both Democrats and Republicans plan how to implement the costly Obamacare program, Aaron Day, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus is trying to stop it.

Aaron Day told Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook, “the Republican led senate came up with a completely unacceptable plan to pass Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. That’s why we launched www.StopNHincometax.com. We are threatening to primary 11 of the 13 Republicans state senators who are advancing this bill. We can block this Medicaid expansion. The only way Medicaid expansion will happen in the state of New Hampshire is if the Republicans in the senate allow it to.”

“They’ve [Republican senators] came up with this bogus plan,” Chairman Day said. “They are positioning it by saying, ‘well we’re going to take the federal money for the first three years. We’re not going to throw it directly into Medicaid, we will put it into a trust fund that will pay managed care companies directly.’”

Chairman Day continued, “So they are calling this a private market solution, and in the end of three years it will automatically sunset unless the federal government maintains the 100% reimbursement that pays for the Medicaid expansion. Well you and I know this will never happen. It’s going to be at the end of 2016 and we’re going to be in the middle of an election. Which politician is going to vote to cut a healthcare entitlement that has just been granted to 58,000 people?”

Chairman Day believes that Gov. Hassan will accept the senate plan “because once you have the entitlement in, it’s never going away.”

“Obamacare actually went live now, and we are now witnessing the disaster of Obamacare. It’s no longer the promise of what it might be, it’s the nightmare of what it is” said Chairman Day. “We need to remind the senate Republicans that if you are signing up for Medicaid expansion you are buying into Obamacare. My strategy is to do a liberty tour across the state and going directly at to make them aware of the fact that there is money and people behind primarying them if they take this vote.”

Cook asked Chairman Day, “if Medicaid expansion is implemented in New Hampshire, how will the state pay for the program after the three years of federal funding runs out?”

“My single point that I’m making in this is that Obamacare and Medicaid expansion equals a state income tax,” said Day. “We do not have the income tax at all. It’s the defining feature of our state. It’s one of the big advantages that we have. There is no doubt about it. We are absolutely going to have a state income tax, and it won’t be a small one if we pass Medicaid expansion in this state” said Chairman Day.