NRSC - President Obama "Knew" The Democrats' Massive Health Care Overhaul Would "Increase Our Costs" - Did Liberal Paul Hodes?

WASHINGTON – The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) today called on embattled U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) to tell New Hampshire voters whether, like President Obama, he was aware the Democrats’ massive health care overhaul would raise Americans’ health care costs when he helped ram it into law.

In a major press conference last week, President Obama admitted that he “knew” the Democrats’ massive health care overhaul was “going to increase our costs.”

As Hodes desperately tried to sell Obama’s costly, unpopular health spending bill, he promised his constituents it would “lower health care costs.”  But as the Wall Street Journal reported:

 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…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.

And the Los Angeles Times reported that “under the new healthcare law, total U.S. medical spending will continue to gallop upward, consuming nearly 20% of the economy by 2019, according to a new government estimate.”

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.

“As President Obama admits that he knew his massive health care overhaul was ‘going to increase our costs,’ did Paul Hodes also realize this fact before he voted this costly legislation into law?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “As the evidence of his broken promises mounts, will Hodes finally admit that his health care bill will hurt hard-working families in his state?”

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)


NRSC Website