NH GOP - Will Shaheen Host a Town Hall to Explain her Medicare Cuts to Seniors?

Shaheen Only Member Of Federal Delegation Not Hosting Town Halls

Concord, N.H. -- With news that 7,600 Granite Staters will lose their Medicare benefits as a result of ObamaCare, it's no surprise that U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is dodging voters across the state.  Contrary to every other member of the federal delegation, Shaheen has failed to host an in-person town hall.

“Voters deserve the chance to see and hear directly from their elected officials, and in our state they expect it,” said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald.  “Now that seniors are beginning to see the cuts Shaheen made to Medicare, Granite Staters should have a chance to question her for helping this reckless plan become law.”

In this weekend's New Hampshire Union Leader, the paper's editorial page included this:

“Rule No. 1 when thinking about health insurance: never take Jeanne Shaheen's advice.  Last month 7,600 Granite Staters who use Medicare Advantage were informed that their coverage is being discontinued.  They are understandably upset.” (Editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader, 12/4/2011)

On top of an already-struggling economy and massive government debt which recently topped $15 trillion, this latest news is sure to add to President Barack Obama's troubles.  Even Democrats as recently as a couple weeks ago suggested that N.H. Democrats have their work cut out for them ahead of the 2012 election season.

“Billy Shaheen, a longtime Democratic operative in New Hampshire and the husband of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, said Republicans' huge gains in the state during the 2010 midterm elections served as a wake-up call for the state's Democrats.” (WMUR, 11/22/2011)

Judging by Senator Shaheen's lacking town hall schedule, it seems like she either didn't catch this message or simply thinks she can get away with it when she's not on the ballot.  U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte has hosted a town hall meeting in every county, while Reps. Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta continue to hold these forums regularly all across their districts.

“It seems like Senator Shaheen believes she only needs to host town hall meetings when she's up for election,” Chairman MacDonald added.  “Not only is her record of more government, higher taxes and Medicare cuts a disaster for our state, but now she’s standing alone as the only member of the delegation refusing to hold town halls.”