A Union Leader editorial praised today’s upcoming Senate vote to repeal the worst parts of Obamacare, citing penalties attached to coverage mandates as well as the Medical Device Tax.
Meanwhile, Maggie Hassan was quick to echo partisan talking points from Washington Democrats in support of Obamacare.
Hassan has defended Obamacare as “essential to the future of our country.” In fact, when asked if there was anything she thought should be altered or changed, Hassan couldn’t find any faults and noted that her concerns “were addressed in the final version of the bill.”
Leaving Obamacare untouched means every household can expect more than $20,000 in new taxes over the next ten years. But it should be no surprise that Maggie Hassan supports higher taxes. While in the State Senate, Hassan voted for at least 82 tax and fee increases that became law.
From her record to her rhetoric, it’s clear that Maggie Hassan isn’t out to fix Obamacare’s flaws that are hurting New Hampshire families. Hassan cares more about protecting Obamacare at all costs.
In November 2009, Hassan Said ObamaCare Was A “Rational System” That Is “Essential To The Future Of Our Country.” “Our capacity to come together to do this work is being tested as I write. For the first time since Medicare was enacted in 1965, the United States House of Representatives has passed major health care reform; reform that establishes a rational system that will provide every American access to affordable, quality health care. Such a system is essential to the future of our country — our economy, our democracy and, literally, our lives depend on our ability to fix what has become an ailing, wasteful, mediocre-quality albatross of a non-system.” (Maggie Hassan, Op-Ed, “The Confidence To Govern Ourselves,” The Portsmouth Herald, 11/24/09)
VIDEO: In 2012, When Asked What She Fault She Found In ObamaCare, Hassan Said Her Concerns “Were Addressed In The Final Version Of The Bill.” REPORTER: “With regard to health care, is there anything you find fault in the Affordable Care Act or something that you think should be changed or altered. Certainly Governor Lynch was for it and even after it passed it was (INAUDIBLE).” HASSAN: “Well a number of us in state government as the Affordable Care Act was being debated expressed concerns about how to fund the Medicaid expansion that is a core component of the Affordable Care Act and it luckily and because of the concerns raised, I shouldn’t say luckily, but because of the concerns raised the Affordable Care Act as passed actually provided full funding for that Medicaid expansion for the first three years after it went in to effect and then 90 percent for the next seven years or so. So a lot of the concerns that state leaders expressed were addressed in the final version of the bill.” (The Telegraph, Editorial Board Interview, Uploaded 2012) (36:52)