NRCC - Three Months Later, Does Shea-Porter Regret Supporting ObamaCare?

Months After Passage, Dems’ Job-Killing Healthcare Bill Still Disappoints and Fails to Produce

Washington- It’s been three months since Carol Shea-Porter and her party leaders forced their unpopular healthcare takeover through Congress and the reviews have not been positive. After making a series of promises in their efforts to pass ObamaCare, it is clear the Democrats’ sales pitch was full of empty rhetoric. And since the healthcare bill became law, Shea-Porter and her Washington friends have been forced to defend their votes against small businesses and taxpayers who are now facing job-killing regulations, new taxes and economically devastating penalties. Now, as the truth about her healthcare bill unravels, does Shea-Porter regret her vote?

“To determine how this is likely to affect the midterms, we used a statistical model to isolate the independent impact of people's opinion about health reform…Voters who opposed health reform were around 20 percentage points more likely to vote for the Republican candidate.” (David Brady, Daniel Kessler and Douglas Rivers, “ObamaCare and the Independent Vote,” Wall Street Journal, 6/19/2010)

“The latest tracking poll from the nonpartisan health care think tank the Kaiser Family Foundation, however, shows just 29% of Americans think they would be "better off" under the Affordable Care Act, compared to 42% who believed that in November.” (Kate Pickert, “New Health-Reform Campaign Puts Democratic Candidates in a Tough Spot,” Time, 6/15/2010)

Small businesses now face new obstacles and regulations as they look to expand their businesses:

“A study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that tax credits in the new healthcare law could negatively impact small-business hiring decisions. The new law provides a 50 percent tax credit to companies offering health coverage that have fewer than 10 workers who, on average, earn $25,000 a year. The tax credit is reduced as more employees are added to the payroll. The NCPA study finds the reduction in tax relief to be a cost concern for companies looking to hire additional workers, but operate on slim profit margin yet still provide employee health coverage.” (Jay Heflin, “Report: Healthcare law encourages small businesses to stay small,” The Hill, 5/23/2010)

“Three months ago Carol Shea-Porter ignored the overwhelming majority of her constituents when she voted in favor of her party’s job-killing healthcare bill,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “As the truth about Shea-Porter's healthcare bill unravels, Americans are realizing just how devastating its consequences will be. Not only will small businesses be faced with new penalties and stringent regulations they can’t afford, but many have warned that they will be forced to lay off workers in order to survive. Meanwhile, millions of cash-strapped middle-class American families who expected affordable healthcare are now being faced with a larger national debt, new fines and higher taxes.”

New Hampshire families want to know: Looking back, would Shea-Porter support her party’s healthcare bill again?