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NH Panel Balks At Health Overhaul Changes

The New Hampshire Senate Commerce committee wants the full Senate to reject a bill that would bring the state’s insurance laws in line with President Barack Obama's health overhaul plan.

The State’s Insurance Commissioner says without the bill, the federal government will regulate all insurance products in New Hampshire, not just those related to the health care overhaul.

But Republicans who voted against the bill in committee called it the latest in a series of moves by the department and the governor's office to set up state-run insurance markets.

A New Hampshire law prohibits the state from setting up its own markets, but the state is partnering with the federal government to manage health plans and provide consumer assistance.

Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan says Republicans are putting ideology ahead of the people.