Somersworth -- Ahead of former Congressman Frank Guinta's "listening tour" event tomorrow, Granite State senior citizen and Medicare beneficiary Hiram Connell of Somersworth has ten questions forthe former Congressman. Guinta is obsessed with re-fighting the health care battles of the past and wants to take people back to the days where insurance companies can discriminate based on pre-existing conditions and kick people off their plans if they get sick but New Hampshire can't afford his partisan, Tea Party approach.
See Mr. Connell's letter below.
Dear Congressman Guinta,
I am a senior (76 years old) living in Somersworth and thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I have already enjoyed the benefit of stronger Medicare and free preventive care and annual checkups. I’m pleased you’re launching a "health care listening tour,” and on behalf Granite Staters who now benefit from stronger health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you need to respond to a few questions.
1. Thousands of Granite Staters have already signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. If people like their plans, should they be able to keep them?
2. You are a vocal advocate for the Ryan Budget, which you helped draft. Do you still support turning Medicare into a voucher program?
3. You boast to have “led the charge to repeal or defund” the Affordable Care Act. Are you concerned that your efforts would end annual and lifetime limits on critical care for over a million residents in New Hampshire?
4. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would force New Hampshire seniors with Medicare prescription drug coverage to pay an extra $800 each year. How do you suggest they cover this extra expense they might need to stay alive?
5. Do you continue to support allowing insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions in order to increase their already huge profits?
6. Do you support kicking thousands of Granite Stater's under age 26 off of their parents’ insurance plans as they begin their careers?
7. You voted to defund Planned Parenthood – an organization that’s delivered all kinds of preventive health care to thousands of New Hampshire families. Would you do it again?
8. Do you still think Roe v. Wade should be overturned and believe that Congress should ban a woman’s right to choose--even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of a mother?
9. You said members of Congress should not be judged by legislation they pass but by the “legislation they repeal.” Is that why you tried to repeal the health care law so that insurance companies could continue to kick people off their insurance policies whenever they got sick?
10. As an advocate of selling insurance across state lines, do you support the Affordable Care Act's provisions which will allow states to form compacts and sell insurance across state lines, or do you support the unregulated selling of insurance across state lines that allows insurance companies to offer the lowest standards of care in irresponsible states and that denies your state's insurance established standards as the minimum coverage?
Congressman Guinta, you can go on all the “listening tours” you want, but you can do nothing to change the fact that you repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and give insurance companies free rein to unrestrained profits, deny care, raise costs, and charge women more than men, but you are not going to fool us again.