NRSC - Pleading the Fifth on ObamaCare Won't Cut It for Shaheen

November 29, 2013

How Long Can Shaheen Plead the Fifth on ObamaCare?
Embattled Senator Refuses to Say When She Knew ObamaCare Promise Was False 

Last week, one of Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) closest Senate colleagues admitted that they knew full well that some Americans would lose health care plans that they liked, yet repeatedly made dishonest promises otherwise. 

This week, another of Jeanne Shaheen's colleagues facing a difficult reelection campaign, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), repeatedly refused to acknowledge when she became aware that millions would lose health insurance plans that they like as they are forced into the ObamaCare exchanges. This is - and always has been - an intended consequence of the Affordable Care Act.

In fact, three years ago, Shaheen joined her Senate Democratic colleagues in unanimously supporting the very ObamaCare rule that's responsible for the health insurance cancellations that have Americans - and at least 22,000 Granite Staters - up in arms.  What did Jeanne Shaheen know and when did she know it?  Did she continue to deceive New Hampshire voters despite knowing the truth? 

Either Shaheen was knowingly dishonest about people keeping their care yet repeatedly promised otherwise; or, Shaheen didn't understand the legislation that she championed.

"Jeanne Shaheen and Barack Obama repeatedly promised something that they knew was blatantly false,said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Now Jeanne Shaheen talks about 'fixing' ObamaCare, but how can Granite Staters trust anything she says after repeatedly deceiving them for the last four years? Voters want to know when Jeanne Shaheen realized that some people would lose health plans that they liked because of her deciding vote for ObamaCare - pleading the fifth won't make this go away."



Democratic Senator Admits All Democrats Knew Americans Would Lose Their Health Care Plan. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: "We All Knew" Obama’s Promise Wasn’t True.  (ABC's "This Week",11/17/2013)

Senate Democrats Voted Unanimously To Support The ObamaCare Rule That's Responsible For The Cancellation Of People's Health Insurance. "In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it....On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution, which could come back to haunt vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year....The rule set up the criteria for what insurance plans would be grandfathered, or exempted, from the new Obamacare requirements."  (CNN, Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations, 10/31/2013)

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)

22,000 Granite Staters 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)