NRSC - Shaheen's ObamaCare: Special Carve Out for Unions

November 22, 2013

Jeanne Shaheen & ObamaCare:
$pecial Carve Out For Special Friend$

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) promised middle-class Granite Staters that ObamaCare is a good deal, yet individual health insurance costs could increase nearly 37% and thousands are losing healthcare plans they like.

But a Wall Street Journal story makes clear that Shaheen did keep her promise to some: The unions who've donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jeanne Shaheen's campaign.

While Granite Staters' wallets are hit with the threat of a "fee per head [of] $63"  thanks to another hidden ObamaCare cost, Democrats have "suggested..[granting] a waiver for some insurance plans [on this] tax", specifically union plans.

Isn't that nice!  Jeanne Shaheen has managed to fill her campaign coffers with $795,850 in union contributions, while supporting an Administration that protects those union buddies from an ObamaCare tax. The Wall Street Journal makes clear, "there's no conceivable rationale—other than politics—for releasing union-only plans from a tax that is defined as universal in the Affordable Care Act statute." 

"Jeanne Shaheen sold out middle-class Granite Staters with her deciding vote on ObamaCare, but Democrats are working overtime to protect their union buddies from the disastrous law,"  said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.  "Granite Staters need someone who will put their interests before special interests and Jeanne Shaheen has shown once again that she can't be trusted to do so."



The Affordable Care Act's greatest hits keep coming, and one that hasn't received enough attention is a looming favor for President Obama's friends in Big Labor. Millions of Americans are losing their plans and paying more for health care, and doctors are being forced out of insurance networks, but a lucky few may soon get relief. (The Wall Street Journal, ObamaCare's Union Favor, 11/17/13)

Under ObamaCare The Cost Of Individual Health Insurance Could Increase nearly 37% In New Hampshire. (Society Of Actuaries, Cost of the Future Newly Insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 3/2013)

SHAHEEN: “The Health Care Plan We Are Working On In Congress Will Let People Keep Their Doctor And Their Insurance Plan If They Like It, expand coverage options for people that need it, and stabilize costs for families, businesses and our economy. I look forward to continuing the effort and to achieve comprehensive health care reform that works for all Americans.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Discusses Health Care With New Hampshire Seniors,” Press Release, 8/21/09)

Over Her Career, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Has Taken $795,850 From Labor Interests. (Center For Responsive Politics,, Accessed 11/18/13)

22,000 New Hampshirites Have Been Notified That They Will Lose Their Current Health Plan Due To ObamaCare. “Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield NH informed about 22,000 of its 30,000 individual health insurance holders their current policies will be discontinued at the end of the year because they will not comply with Affordable Care Act requirements beginning Jan. 1. Speaking to the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee Tuesday, Paula Rogers, director of government relations for Anthem NH, said the letters were sent to all individual policy holders who were not grandfathered by having policies before the ACA passed in March 2010.” (Gary Rayno, “Anthem: 22,000 were told their health insurance would be cancelled in NH,” Union Leader, 11/6/13)