GOP efforts to repeal would hurt economy and raise average rates

CONCORD – As Republicans continue to march the country toward a government shutdown and a default on our obligations in an effort to defund Obamacare, new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that Obamacare is working and consumers costs are less than anticipated. 

“This new report underscores that health insurance in New Hampshire will be affordable under Obamacare. The report found that right here in New Hampshire, a 27 year old making $25,000 a year would have access to insurance plans as low as $94 a month and a family of four making $50,000 could pay as little as $96,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “Obamacare is working for families and individuals in New Hampshire, and Republicans in Washington are doing everything in their power to take it away, even if it means hurting our economy by shutting down the government and not paying our nation's bills.”

The report found that in addition to lower premiums, in New Hampshire consumers will be able to choose from an average of 12 plans so they can pick the plan that works best for them and their family. The health care plans give people in New Hampshire access to quality affordable coverage with no lifetime caps on care, ends discrimination due to preexisting conditions, bars insurers from charging women more and so much more. In a stark contrast, national Republicans in Congress last week passed a bill to demand a shutdown of the government unless Obamacare was defunded and all those hard-fought previsions were removed.

Both of Republican candidates for Congress in New Hampshire said they support the reckless national Republican scheme to shutdown the government unless Obamacare is defunded. [Union Leader, 9/24/2013] Frank Guinta and Gary Lambert would put Social Security checks for Granite State senior citizens at risk, threaten veterans benefits for our men and women in uniform, and delay many government programs vital to the middle class all in the name of a Tea Party crusade to shut down the government. Former New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg likened it to “playing Russian roulette" and wrote that it was “bad for the American people.” [The Hill, 9/23/2013

To view the report with a breakdown of how the Affordable Care Act is helping New Hampshire, click here.