Republican Candidates Spent Yesterday Demagoging - But If Bill Is So "Corrupt" Will they Pledge to Rollback Reforms Which Will Have Afforded Health Care to 157,000 Granite Staters, Brought Down Costs For NH Families And Small Businesses, Ended Appalling Insurance Practices, And Lowered The Deficit?
CONCORD - Republican candidates Kelly Ayotte and Ovide Lamontagne spent yesterday on a soapbox, opposing the landmark health care reform being passed by the US House and Senate which will extend coverage to tens of thousands of uninsured Granite Staters, bring down costs for families and small businesses, hold insurance companies accountable and reduce the national deficit [Concord Monitor, 1/8/10]. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the final stages of negotiation and expected on President Obama's desk in the near future, will Ayotte and Lamontagne run on a pledge to repeal the bill?
"New Hampshire's Republican candidates have been an out-of-tune chorus of opposition to real health care reform," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "But the real question is whether Ayotte and Lamontagne will practice what they preach. Will they run on a pledge to repeal the new law, if elected? We already know Ayotte wants to take away essential New Hampshire consumer protections like mammograms and ob/gyn care. Will she take away the coverage this bill is going to extend to 157,000 New Hampshire residents or the tax credits it's going to give to 16,800 small businesses?"
Under health care reform in New Hampshire:
- 157,000 residents who do not currently have insurance and 64,000 residents who have nongroup insurance could get affordable coverage through the health insurance exchange.[www.healthreform.gov]
- 103,000 residents could qualify for premium tax credits to help them purchase health coverage.[www.healthreform.gov]
- 204,000 seniors would receive free preventive services.[www.healthreform.gov]
- 36,200 seniors would have their brand-name drug costs in the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole" halved.[www.healthreform.gov]
- 16,800 small businesses could be helped by a small business tax credit to make premiums more affordable.[www.healthreform.gov]
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will reduce costs, increase access, and provide critical insurance reforms that will put patients first. This legislation also makes Medicare more solvent and expands prescription drug coverage, all while reducing the deficit and reining in health care costs. The PPACA provides choice and competition and invests in the small businesses of this country. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, will provide coverage to 94% of all Americans, including an additional 31 million currently uninsured and will reduce the deficit. The CBO estimates that the bill will reduce the federal deficit by $132 billion over the first 10 years and by $1.3 trillion over the second ten years.Despite these benefits that the bill offers to the country and the people of New Hampshire, Ayotte and Lamontagne continue to stand in the way.