North Country
8:21 am
Fri March 9, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On Health Insurance Exchange

As NHPR reported on Thursday the House passed HB 1297 which would prevent New Hampshire from creating its own health insurance exchange.

As the story said “Under federal healthcare reform all states must have a health insurance exchange in place by January 1, 2014. An exchange is a clearing house for federally approved health plans and a place where small employers and individuals can get information about new subsidies to help them pay for coverage. If a state does not establish its own exchange, the federal government will create one.”

The bill passed 219 – 94.

It now goes to the Senate.

Eight North Country representatives opposed the bill, including six Democrats and two Republicans.

Seven representatives – all Republicans - were in favor.  One was excused from voting.

Here are the North Country representatives who voted for the bill:

* Lyle Bulis (Republican) of Littleton

* Duffy Daugherty (Republican) of Colebrook.

* Edmond Gionet (Republican) of Lincoln.

* Larry Rappaport (Republican) of Colebrook.

* Gregory Sorg (Republican) of Easton.

* John Tholl (Republican) of Whitefield

* Marc Tremblay (Republican) of Berlin

Here are the North Country representatives who voted against the bill:

* Gary Coulombe (Democrat) of Berlin

* William Hatch (Democrat) of Gorham

* William Remick (Republican) of Lancaster

* Herb Richardson (Republican) of Lancaster

* Kathleen Taylor (Democrat) of Franconia

* Robert Theberge (Democrat) of Berlin

* Yvonne Thomas (Democrat) of Berlin

* Evalyn Merrick (Democrat) of Lancaster

Here is the North Country representative excused from voting:

* Stephanie Eaton (Republican) of Littleton

To see how representatives voted on other legislation go here.