Manchester, NH -- Following a conference call among 100 democratic house members, Carol Shea-Porter finally acknowledged the health care bill under consideration would be bad for New Hampshire families. Referencing a provision of the bill that would tax certain health insurance plans Shea-Porter said, “I have serious concerns about the excise tax proposal and the effect that it could have on middle class families in New Hampshire and across the country.” NY Times, January 7, 2010, House Democrats Push Back on Cadillac Tax, By David M. Herszenhorn
“Now that Carol Shea-Porter has acknowledged what most of us already knew--this bill will hurt her constituents--I’d like to see her commit to voting against this legislation and any bill that will increase costs to New Hampshire families,” said 1st District Congressional Candidate Frank Guinta. “This entire process was begun under the premise of making health care more affordable and reducing the financial burden on struggling families. A bill that raises taxes, increases the cost of insurance for businesses and individuals, cuts Medicare by 500 billion, and costs a trillion dollars, certainly does not achieve the goal.”
During the democrat-only call, Carol Shea-Porter reportedly did not support a provision in the current bill creating a 40% excise tax for more expensive health insurance plans. The tax on insurance companies would be passed on to businesses and individuals through increased premiums and/or reduced benefits.
“This tax on insurance plans is a horrible idea that will increase the cost of health care for insurance purchasers across the board and I agree with the Congresswoman’s opposition. However, I’d like to see her new found concern for increasing the financial burden on families apply to the rest of her agenda, otherwise one would have to assume this is nothing more than an election year tactic to pretend she is not one of the biggest taxers in Washington,” Guinta said.
Just in the past year, Shea-Porter has voted for: Cap and Trade, the largest tax increase in American history; a trillion dollar stimulus bill; spending that put the national debt at over 12 trillion; and to increase the amount of deficit spending Congress can approve. Shea-Porter stood by Nancy Pelosi’s side as she announced the House’s Health Care legislation that would increase taxes, the cost of insurance for businesses and families and cost another trillion.
“Whether it is this generation or the next, the deficit we are accumulating will have to be paid back. Congress needs to rein in spending and come up with real solutions that provides tax relief to families and to businesses struggling in this economy,” said Guinta.
Frank Guinta has proposed a plan for real health care reform that includes TORT reform, allowing the purchasing of insurance across state lines to increase competition, and letting small businesses pool together to get the same rates as bigger ones. His entire plan can be seen at www.teamguinta.com.