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Apr022014

NRSC - Shaheen Put ObamaCare Before New Hampshire 

OBAMA'S RUBBER STAMP

Jeanne Shaheen Stands With ObamaCare, Against Granite Staters
 Votes with Obama a Shocking 99% of the Time





While today is April Fools' Day, Jeanne Shaheen's record on ObamaCare is no joke for most Granite Staters. The vulnerable Senator voted with Obama a staggering 99% of the time, while consistently deceiving voters on the devastating impact that ObamaCare has had on families, workers and businesses in New Hampshire.

Jeanne Shaheen remains stubbornly out of touch with Granite Staters. In reality, a majority of Granite Staters oppose this disastrous law, revealing that Jeanne Shaheen is more in touch with the liberal Obama agenda then she is with what is in the best interests of New Hampshire. 

When selling ObamaCare to her constituents, Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly echoed President Obama's broken promise that if you liked your doctor, you would be able to keep your doctor. Yet, many Granite Staters are in jeopardy of losing their doctors, health plans, and will see costs dramatically increase. Unfortunately, Jeanne Shaheen has a habit of making false claims about ObamaCare to Granite Staters including:

  • Slashed: In 2010 Jeanne Shaheen voted to cut Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare.
  • Lied: Jeanne Shaheen promised ObamaCare would "make health insurance more affordable for families and businesses."
  • Misled: Jeanne Shaheen repeated the Obama mantra, "everyone will have the freedom to keep their health care plan if they like it."
  • Cancelled: In September 2010 Jeanne Shaheen voted to prevent insurance companies from keeping their grandfathered status.

"Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly promised Granite Staters that ObamaCare wouldn't harm seniors, families, and middle class workers, but that simply wasn't true," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "The real April Fools this year are Democrats like Jeanne Shaheen, who've spent years peddling falsehoods, spin, and lies about ObamaCare. Granite Staters can't trust Jeanne Shaheen to be honest, but they are excited about electing a new Senator who will put the interests of New Hampshire before the interests of Barack Obama and Democrats in Washington."

BACKGROUND

Jeanne Shaheen Promised Americans They Can Keep Their Coverage

SHAHEEN: “Now, Under The Current Legislation, Everyone Will Have The Freedom To Keep Their Health Care Plan If They Like It.” (“Shaheen In 2009: ‘Everyone Will Have The Freedom To Keep Their Health Plan If They Like It,’” www.youtube.com, Uploaded 10/31/13)

SHAHEEN: “The Health Care Plan We Are Working On In Congress Will Let People Keep Their Doctor And Their Insurance Plan If They Like It, expand coverage options for people that need it, and stabilize costs for families, businesses and our economy. I look forward to continuing the effort and to achieve comprehensive health care reform that works for all Americans.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Discusses Health Care With New Hampshire Seniors,” Press Release, 8/21/09)

Jeanne Shaheen Promised Americans ObamaCare Would Lower Costs

SHAHEEN: “Today, Our Nation Took A Historic Step Forward In A Quest That Has Spanned Generations - To Provide Better Quality And More Cost Effective Health Care To All Americans.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Statement On Passage Of The Senate Health Care Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/24/09)

In December 2009, Shaheen Said The Health Care Law Would Slow Down The Growth Of Health Care Costs. SHAHEEN: “Controlling health care spending is critical to address the fiscal health of this Nation--no pun intended. This legislation takes a very important first step in slowing down the growth.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Congressional Record, 12/22/09, p. S13737)

Shaheen Said The Health Care Bill “Will Make Health Insurance More Affordable For Families And Businesses.” SHAHEEN: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make health insurance more affordable for families and businesses, reduce the deficit, and stop insurance company abuses, like denying coverage because of preexisting conditions. More than 30 million uninsured Americans will be able to get the care they need when we enact this legislation. It is necessary we pass and enact this legislation as soon as possible so that health care costs cannot continue to bankrupt middle class families, businesses, and our nation.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen: Cost Savings Measures Included In Senate Health Care Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/21/09)

In December 2009, Shaheen Said The Health Care Law “Lowers Costs For Seniors.” “Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Applauds Passage Of Preventative Health Care, Medicare Protection Measures,” Press Release, 12/3/09)

Jeanne Shaheen Promised ObamaCare Wouldn't Harm Medicare

In 2009, Shaheen Said ObamaCare “Protects Medicare Benefits.” “Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Applauds Passage Of Preventative Health Care, Medicare Protection Measures,” Press Release, 12/3/09)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-NH): “There are significant savings” in Medicare Advantage (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 11/22/09)

Jeanne Shaheen Supported The Obama Administration’s Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations

In September 2010, Shaheen Voted Against A Resolution To Nullify An Obama Administration Rule Preventing Insurance Companies From Keeping Their Grandfathered Status If They Make Changes To Their Plans. “Enzi, R-Wyo., motion to proceed to consideration of a joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval of a rule regarding grandfathering of health insurance plans under the 2010 health care overhaul law.” (S. J. Res. 39, CQ Vote #244: Motion rejected 40-59: R 40-0; D 0-57; I 0-2, 9/29/10, Shaheen Voted Nay; Chris Frates, “Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations,” CNN, 10/31/13)

The Rule Essentially Prevented Insurance Companies From Keeping Their Grandfathered Status If They Made Changes To Their Plans. “The rule essentially prevents insurance companies from keeping their grandfathered status if they make changes to their plans. In practice, insurance companies are loath to leave their plans unchanged so grandfathered plans are disappearing, and people are being forced to change their plans to meet Obamacare’s more robust coverage requirements.” (Chris Frates, “Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations,” CNN, 10/31/13)

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