NHDP - Ayotte Still Silent on Insurance Rate Hikes

Kelly Ayotte is the Only NH Senate Candidate to Stay Quiet on Plan to Protect Consumers from Insurance Company Premium Hikes
CONCORD- As the health care debate heats up this week, Republican senate candidate Kelly Ayotte has remained dead silent on whether she supports President Obama's proposal to create a Rate Increase Authority that would keep insurance companies accountable and protect New Hampshire consumers from arbitrary and exorbitant premium increases.
Every other senate candidate in New Hampshire voiced their opinion on the proposal as soon as it was released, but Ayotte has refused to take a position [Union Leader, 2/25/10]. Without reform, insurance premiums in New Hampshire are estimated to jump nearly 50 percent, or $500/month, over the next five years [Hodes Press Release, 2/25/10].
"Kelly Ayotte has gone out of her way to avoid telling New Hampshire where she stands on keeping insurance companies accountable," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Given her track record, it's not surprising she'd prefer to stay quiet. As a candidate for US Senate she's proven she's more interested in derailing real health care reform to protect insurance company profits than in coming up with real solutions for the middle-class families and small businesses in New Hampshire who desperately need reform."