Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter

As supporters of Obamacare, will Shaheen, Shea-Porter, and Kuster allow themselves and their staff members to be exempt from it?

The Obama Administration has recently approved a deal that would exempt congressmen, senators, and their staff from the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides were required to acquire health insurance "created" by the law or offered through one of its exchanges.  Without the subsidies they currently enjoy, members of congress, senators, and their staff would have faced thousands of dollars in additional premium payments each year. 


Politico has reported that the Office of Personnel Management now plans to rule that the government can continue to make contributions to the health-care premiums of the lawmakers and their staffs.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter both voted for Obamacare and still stand in support of the law. While Congresswoman Annie Kuster was not in Congress at the time of its passage, she is a strong supporter of Obamacare and has voted multiple times against repealing or delaying all or parts of the failed law.


Senator Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter, and Rep. Kuster have all been vocal supporters of Obamacare. Granite Staters deserve to know whether each will support an exemption that would allow them and their staff members to avoid participating in it, while forcing the rest of us to live with the ramifications of the failed law.


With the Obama Administration delaying the 'Employer Mandate' last month and working to carve out exemptions for the political elite this month, it is becoming painfully obvious that even liberals in Washington are recognizing the disaster Obamacare will be. If Obamacare isn't good for those who voted for it, why do Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Kuster still want to force it on New Hampshire families? 

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire and Cornerstone Action to hold joint protests of Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter, and Rep. Kuster's office

This month, the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate is in August recess. This is typically a time meant for representatives and senators to return to their districts and hold Town Hall meetings to engage with their constituents, especially on the important issue of Obamacare as its implementation is looming. Our organizations contacted Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter, and Rep. Kuster's office this week. Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Kuster's offices informed us that they have no Town Hall meetings scheduled whatsoever. Rep. Shea-Porter's office did inform us that they do have two public events scheduled on the issues of veterans and manufacturing at the end of the month, but nothing regarding healthcare or a general Town Hall meeting where Obamacare would be appropriate to discuss.  


Up until now, neither Rep. Shea-Porter's office nor Rep. Kuster's office has hosted a single Town Hall meeting since taking office in 2012. It has been a year since Sen. Shaheen has hosted a Town Hall meeting. While both Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter have participated in "Leader's Listen" events hosted by WMUR-TV, neither events were hosted by the Senator or Congresswoman's offices, respectively, nor were they open Town Hall meetings. In contrast, Sen. Ayotte's office has hosted multiple Town Hall meetings in several regions of the state.    


Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter and Rep. Kuster are all ardent supporters of Obamacare. With the looming implementation of many key provisions of Obamacare coupled with disastrous poll numbers for the law in New Hampshire, many Granite Staters believe the three aforementioned federal representatives are avoiding their constituents on the issue out of fear of political backlash.


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire and Cornerstone Action will be holding protests at Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Kuster's Nashua offices and Rep. Shea-Porter's Manchester office next week calling on them to hold Town Hall meetings where Obamacare can be discussed and will ask for them to stop hiding from their constituents on the issue.     


If you can attend any of the following protests, please contact

Protest at Sen. Shaheen's Office:
Tuesday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m. Sen. Shaheen's Nashua Office 60 Main Street Nashua, New Hampshire


Protest at Rep. Kuster's Office:Tuesday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m. Rep. Kuster's Nashua Office 70 East Pearl Street Nashua, New Hampshire


Protest at Rep. Shea-Porter's Office:Wednesday, August 14 at 12:00 p.m. Rep. Shea-Porter's Manchester Office 33 Lowell Street Manchester, New Hampshire 


Nashua Telegraph: Groups plan to protest on health care

In case you missed, it, Kevin Landrigan at the Nashua Telegraph wrote a story in response to Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire and Cornerstone Action's protests next week. 

You can read the full article at the by clicking here.


Help us keep up the fight! 
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