Flanders Breaks Ranks on Medicaid vote

CONCORD — Rep. Don Flanders of Laconia was one of only seven Republicans who joined with 199 Democrats this week when the New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected a bill to prohibit the expansion of Medicaid by a margin of 206 to 155.
Flanders is a member of the Board of Trustees of LRGHealthcare.
House Bill 271, sponsored by former Speaker of the House Bill O'Brien (R-Mont Vernon), was supported by the other 12 Republican representatives from Belknap County — Frank Tilton and Bob Luther of Laconia, Colette Worsman, Bob Greemore and Herb Vadney of Meredith, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Chuck Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Dennis Fields of Sanbornton and Guy Comtois of Barnstead — and opposed by all five Democrats in the county delegation — Beth Arsenault and David Huot of Laconia, Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton.