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Jun252013

NHDP - ICYMI: Politics, human nature collide in NH legislative budget battle 

Key Points: Republican State Senators Jeb Bradley and Andy Sanborn replaced themselves on a committee of conference to avoid voting on aligning the state of New Hampshire with Obamacare "to protect their political viability" in a future Republican Primary.  

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Bradley doesn’t want to be seen as allying himself with that issue in any way as he seriously considers a U.S. Senate primary challenge"
 

Nashua Telegraph: Politics, human nature collide in NH legislative budget battle
By Kevin Landrigan
Excerpt published 6/23/2013
After months of snubbing the looming requirements of the Affordable Care Act, aka ‘Obamacare,’ why would Senate Republicans ultimately cave in to changing market rules to comply with it?
 
Well, it isn’t because Hassan wanted them to, nor was it the political guile of Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny, whose frankness on this topic has several of them hot under the collar.
 
No, this came from the so-called dreaded private sector, as one insurance company executive after another warned Senate GOP leaders that if something wasn’t done, Washington was going to take over the small group and individual insurance markets and cause a severe spike in health insurance rates, particularly for younger and healthier workers.
 
Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, and Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, were able to protect their political viability going forward by getting off the conference committee that settled this issue (SB 148).
 
State and national GOP leaders in particular believe Shaheen’s support for Obamacare could prove to be a real liability for her, and Bradley doesn’t want to be seen as allying himself with that issue in any way as he seriously considers a U.S. Senate primary challenge.

[The origional article can be found here: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/thelandriganreport/1008794-476/politics-human-nature-collide-in-nh-legislative.html]

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