NRSC - NH Voters Slammed With Higher Health Care Costs Thanks To Paul Hodes' Costly Overhaul

Voters Face Premium Hikes Thanks To Partisan Health Spending Bill That Hodes Eagerly Rubberstamped In Washington

WASHINGTONWith less than 55 days until Election Day, the Wall Street Journal reports that, contrary to liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes’ (D-NH) claims, the Democrats’ massive health care overhaul will slam Americans with higher health care costs:

Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats' efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections.

Aetna Inc., some BlueCross BlueShield plans and other smaller carriers have asked for premium increases of between 1% and 9% to pay for extra benefits required under the law, according to filings with state regulators.

These and other insurers say Congress's landmark refashioning of U.S. health coverage, which passed in March after a brutal fight, is causing them to pass on more costs to consumers than Democrats predicted.

Additionally, Hodes’ health care bill cuts Medicare by $500 billion, endangers jobs, reduces benefits and raises costs for New Hampshire seniors, and could strip more than one million Americans of their health coverage.

“This report is yet another reminder that New Hampshire voters simply cannot afford Paul Hodes’ broken promises and reckless, partisan agenda in Washington,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “As Hodes’ massive health care overhaul continues to slam New Hampshire voters with higher costs, there’s no doubt they will elect a fiscally responsible Republican this November.”

Background Information:

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) Voted For The Democrats’ Massive Health Care Overhaul. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote # 165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea; H.R. 4872, CQ Vote # 167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea)

Hodes Claimed The Health Care Reform Bill Would Lower Costs. “Hodes said reform will not only lower health care costs but also prevent insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing health conditions and eliminate caps on coverage. It will also close the so-called doughnut hole in prescription drug coverage by sending $250 rebate checks this year to Medicare recipients, he said.” (Albert McKeon, “Questions On Care Shift Jobs Focus,” The [Nashua, NH] Telegraph, 4/7/10)