Concord – On the floor of the Senate this week, Kelly Ayotte claimed her “heart breaks” for people struggling to afford health care. But after countless calls for repeal of the Affordable Care Act and no serious Republican alternative, where is Senator Ayotte’s compassion for New Hampshire’s uninsured and chronically ill? The Affordable Care Act put an end to the worst insurance industry abuses, like denying people with pre-existing conditions insurance coverage and eliminating lifetime caps on health care coverage.
“Where is Ayotte’s compassion for New Hampshire’s uninsured working families? Why isn’t her heart breaking for them as they struggle to make ends meet? ” asked New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “It is shameful that Senator Ayotte continues to play partisan games with people’s health care."
In New Hampshire, 81,000 people are eligible for premium tax credits through the Affordable Care Act to make their insurance coverage more affordable - many of whom will be able to purchase insurance for the first time. [Kaiser Foundation] More than 4,500 of Granite State seniors have saved millions of dollars on their prescription medication. [Kaiser Foundation] Hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire citizens, including over 250,000 women can take advantage of preventive care services like mammograms or colonoscopies, without coinsurance or a deductible. [HHS.gov]
But if the ACA was repealed, those 80,000 New Hampshire citizens would lose access to the premium tax credits and face higher insurance costs. The Medicare Part D doughnut hole would reopen, and insurance companies would once again be able to deny Granite Staters with a preexisting illness or condition health care coverage.
“For Kelly Ayotte petty partisan grandstanding comes first and the people of New Hampshire are an afterthought,” continued Kirstein. “Instead of proposing real solutions she continues pandering to a Tea Party base angry that their candidates were overwhelmingly rejected by voters last year and looking to refight the health care battles of the past.”