Concord - Today's editorial in the Nashua Telegraph praised the health care reform law passed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress, while simultaneously questioning continued calls for its repeal from Republican candidates running for office.
The editorial cited five individual aspects of the law that went into effect yesterday, as having "scored well with the public" and added that "even the most die hard critic would be hard-pressed to argue that insurers should be able to drop coverage of the sick in order to avoid paying for their health care needs."
They also commented that there is still a lot of unfamiliarity with what the law actually contains. According to a recent Associated Press survey "more than half of those polled mistakenly believed the law would result in a tax increase for most Americans this year" and "one in four thought the so-called 'death panels'" were included in the bill, another factual inaccuracy.
"Health care reform continues to gain popularity with American citizens as more of the Republican misinformation and factual inaccuracies are dispelled," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "The flimsy rhetoric from Republican Congressional candidates running for office and calling for repeal of this landmark reform should be ignored."
Just yesterday, Frank Guinta, the Republican nominee in New Hampshire's first district stated, "we need to repeal the bill." (NECN, 9/23/2010) And as soon as the bill was passed, Bass said he would "make repealing this legislation a top priority." (votebass.com)
"Apparently Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass believe that children born with an illness don't deserve health insurance, and that insurance companies should be able to drop people from their plans if they become sick," continued Kirstein. "Not only isn't that something New Hampshire voters would agree with, it's not the position any member of Congress should take. Mr. Bass and Mr. Guinta should be ashamed."
The full text of the Telegraph's editorial can be found here. A comprehensive list of the provisions that went into effect yesterday can be found here.