Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter

An Obamacare disaster in Manchester


As reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader earlier this week, a company by the name of Workplace Benefit Solutions was charged with overseeing a report on how Obamacare would affect the City of Manchester, New Hampshire's finances.

Their findings were startling. Obamacare will cost the state's largest city nearly $200,000 in the current fiscal year. In addition, an excise tax on the value of generous health plans, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2018, could have drastic impacts on the municipality's budget. Tom DeLacey, a principal consultant with Workplace Benefit Solutions, told the aldermen in a recent meeting that projecting ahead with the city's current health plans, "the city could face a $1.2 million tax." He continued by saying "that between the city and the school district, the Cadillac tax could cost the city $3 million in 2018."


The Union Leader also editorialized on the subject on Thursday.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen was responsible for casting the deciding vote for Obamacare in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter also voted for it in the House of Representatives. Although both are responsible for these costs being passed on to Manchester, neither have commented on the report issued by Workplace Benefit Solutions thus far.


Day in and day out, the headlines regarding Obamacare's impact continues to paint a bleak picture of higher costs and lower quality of healthcare for New Hampshire families. Because of Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter, the City of Manchester will either be forced to saddle taxpayers with countless new taxes and fees to cover the increased costs or reduce the quality of healthcare offered to city employees.

Both of the aforementioned elected officials owe Queen City residents an explanation. With reports like this coming out of Manchester, why do Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter continue to stand by the failing law and refuse to support repeal efforts?


Shame on Shea-Porter and Kuster


On Monday, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster voted against bipartisan legislation that would have continued to pay for veterans' benefits and would have kept our National Parks open.  


The two bills were structured in a way that required Democratic support to pass the Republican controlled House of Representatives. Sadly, while many Democratic Members of Congress voted with Republicans to try and pass the bills, too many Democrats, including Rep. Shea-Porter and Rep. Kuster, decided to play politics and voted against them. The vote regarding our National Parks was in response to the Obama administration putting up fencing around certain monuments in response to the shutdown, even though they are normally left unmanned. This issue was highlighted earlier this week when several World War II veterans were blocked from visiting monuments at our nation's capital. In response, several members of congress helped these heroes gain access to pay their respects.


Rep. Shea-Porter and Rep. Kuster's decision to play politics with the benefits our veterans have rightfully earned is utterly deplorable. The fact that they are willing to continue to block off National Parks to World War II veterans that are typically open to the public is nothing short of shameful. Granite Staters deserve better than attempts to make a government shutdown more painful than it already is.

Both of New Hampshire's Members of Congress were given the opportunity to help alleviate difficulties caused by the shutdown that are affecting our country's heroes. They decided to support political posturing instead. 

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire encourages Granite Staters to call Rep. Carol Shea-Porter at 202-225-5456 and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster at 202-225-5206. Tell them that Granite Staters expect them to support our nation's veterans especially during a government shutdown. Tell them that New Hampshire deserves better.


Some exciting events are almost here!


We just wanted to remind you that we have some very exciting events coming up in the next couple of weeks.


On Sunday at noon, we have our Patriots Tailgate with Scott Brown at the home of Dan and Renee Plummer in Portsmouth. There are very few tickets left, however if you are interested, you can email for more information regarding availability.

The following Sunday, October 12th, is our first annual Strong New Hampshire Conference with a great lineup of speakers. You can click here for more information and to purchase your tickets online.