NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Editorial: "Her coverage is not your concern"

ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Editorial: "Her coverage is not your concern"

Key Point: "But the biggest reason Garcia should answer the question is because doing so allows voters to better evaluate the integrity of her positions on Obamacare and may provide hints about what her motivations could be. If she does not get insurance through the health care exchange, then she has nothing to lose from voting to kill it. Voters need to know that. If she gets coverage from an employer-based plan, or has no coverage at all, it’s equally important that voters know that, so they can see how her interests might or might not align with theirs.

And where Rep. Garcia’s interests line up is very much a valid concern."

See below for excerpts or here for the full editorial:

"Rep. Marilinda Garcia has no shortage of opinions when it comes to how people get their health insurance.

"The Republican, who is running against Rep. Ann McLane Kuster for the right to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District in Congress, favors repealing the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

"Conveniently, the vote to expand Medicaid in the state was one of dozens Garcia missed during the last Legislative session, but she’s on record as opposing the bipartisan law that allows thousands of New Hampshire low-income residents to get health insurance that way.

"Meanwhile, Garcia believes that her own health care coverage is none of the public’s business.

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"But the biggest reason Garcia should answer the question is because doing so allows voters to better evaluate the integrity of her positions on Obamacare and may provide hints about what her motivations could be. If she does not get insurance through the health care exchange, then she has nothing to lose from voting to kill it. Voters need to know that. If she gets coverage from an employer-based plan, or has no coverage at all, it’s equally important that voters know that, so they can see how her interests might or might not align with theirs.

"And where Rep. Garcia’s interests line up is very much a valid concern.

"For instance, contrast her statement to NHPR, “My constituents talk to me, so I am not here running on my own issues,” with her vote against expanded gambling in New Hampshire. The people of Salem, who sent her to Concord to represent them, supported expanded gambling by nearly a 3-1 margin in a special referendum – yet Garcia voted against the measure. It failed by a single vote, you may recall.

"When asked about “voting her conscience” versus doing what voters want, Garcia told The Telegraph’s editorial board that she votes according to her principles and what she believes in, which is why she voted against expanded gambling.

"It appears she’s being hypocritical here, or at least trying to have it both ways.

"All of which begs the question of what voters can expect from her: Someone who is responsive to the needs and wishes of the people of New Hampshire; or someone who abandons her constituents to march in lockstep with party bosses?"