CONCORD - Today, New Hampshire Republican senate candidate Kelly Ayotte welcomes struggling Arizona senator and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain to New Hampshire, to help push an insurance company-run health care system that protects Big Insurance's record profits instead of middle-class families and small businesses in New Hampshire.
Both Ayotte and McCain have consistently defended the reckless interests of Big Insurance over middle-class families and small businesses. Ayotte has come out against meaningful reform, instead pushing a plan that would allow insurance companies to cherry-pick who and what they'd like to cover [Concord Monitor, 1/8/10]. She went so far as to sign a pledge to repeal health care reform, if elected, and refused to take a position on President Obama's proposal to create a Rate Increase Authority that would protect New Hampshire consumers from arbitrary and exorbitant premium increases [Fosters, 1/15/10; Union Leader, 2/25/10].
"Kelly Ayotte and John McCain have a lot in common these days," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Both are facing contentious primaries, both are taking thousands from Big Insurance to shore up their campaigns, and both have chosen - at every step on the road to real health care reform - to stand with insurance companies and corporate interests instead of struggling middle-class families and small businesses."
Kelly Ayotte has taken $10,000 from the political action committees of massive insurers like Cigna, Blue Cross and Well Point since beginning her campaign. John McCain, this election cycle, has taken at least $7,500 [Opensecrets.org, Accessed 3/12/10].