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NRCC - UL: NH or Pelosi? Hodes, Shea-Porter Can Pick One 

NOTE: If Pelosi's bill becomes law, New Hampshire's Medicaid costs would explode. Suddenly, state taxpayers would have to cover thousands more families, perhaps more than double the number covered now. And the bill prevents states from ever lowering eligibility requirements. We'd be stuck with those costs forever.  If Hodes and Shea-Porter vote for this bill (Hodes says he will; Shea-Porter helped Pelosi present it), they will be voting to wreck New Hampshire's state budget. They will be choosing loyalty to Nancy Pelosi over loyalty to their home state. Pay attention, New Hampshire. The fate of our low-tax, small-government ways could be decided with one vote in Washington tomorrow.

NH or Pelosi?  Hodes, Shea-Porter Can Pick One

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 6, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to organize a vote tomorrow on her health care "reform" bill. New Hampshire, pay attention. How your representatives vote could change our state forever.

The bill Pelosi wants to rush to a rare Saturday vote would force states to offer Medicaid coverage to families earning up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. (Medicaid provides subsidized health care for the poor.) States split Medicaid costs with Washington. New Hampshire currently pays half of its Medicaid costs.

Traditionally, states have been allowed to determine who is eligible for Medicaid. That makes sense, as states pay a large share of the costs. In New Hampshire, families earning up to 63 percent of the federal poverty level can qualify.

The Democratic leadership in Washington wants to end that partnership, except for the funding part. They want to dictate who will be eligible, but still have states pay part of the cost. It's typical Washington bullying. […]

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NRCC - Shea-Porter, NH Dem Gov at Odds 

NOTE: Gov. John Lynch, also a Democrat, has declined to support the measure due to concern that the expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, would be a budget buster. . . . Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat, endorsed the bill and offered a hearty endorsement for it after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled it last week.

Hodes to Vote for House Health Bill

By Kevin Landrigan

November 6, 2009

Nashua Telegraph

U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hodes confirmed Thursday he would vote for the universal health care bill coming before the U.S. House this weekend.

Hodes, a Democrat, said the measure contains strong protections for consumers, a robust, public option that will increase competition and the plan would not increase the federal deficit.

“I believe the health care reform plan is the right step to providing affordable, portable, health care for working class New Hampshire families,” Hodes told reporters.

Gov. John Lynch, also a Democrat, has declined to support the measure due to concern that the expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, would be a budget buster.[…]

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NRSC - Hodes' So-Called 'Stimulus' Fails, National Unemployment Hits 10.2% 

WASHINGTON – National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Press Secretary Amber Wilkerson Marchand issued the following statement in response to the Labor Department’s announcement today that the nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 10.2 percent in October, topping the 10 percent mark for the first time in 26 years.

 “Today’s devastating announcement that our nation’s unemployment rate has reached 10.2 percent defies assurances from the Obama Administration and Democrats who supported the massive $787 billion ‘stimulus’ bill nine months ago that their legislation would prevent unemployment rates from surpassing 8 percent.

 “Clearly, Paul Hodes’ strategy to throw more money at New Hampshire’s ailing economy has failed, and now he is asking the families, seniors, and small business owners in his state to trust him to spend another trillion dollars in taxpayer money in order to implement a Washington takeover of America’s health care system. Even Hodes’ own Democrat Governor John Lynch has rejected this legislation because the bill would be ‘a budget buster’ for his state.

 “If Hodes has learned anything from supporting the stimulus debacle, he should know that his health care strategy is equally doomed and will lead to more job loss and higher health costs for New Hampshire voters who are already struggling to find work.

 “Hodes has a real opportunity as early as tomorrow to reject the House Democrats’ trillion dollar health care bill and tell President Obama and Nancy Pelosi that Democrats need to go back to the drawing board with Republicans to come up with a real bipartisan health care solution that will lower health care expenses for voters in the Granite State.

 “If Paul Hodes decides to toe the Party line on this contentious legislation, he will absolutely be held accountable in 2010 for the disastrous economic plans and misuse of taxpayer dollars that he’s so eagerly supported.”


Daily Grind: Moderate Dems "Choose Ye Whom Ye Shall Serve"

Moderate Dems: "Choose Ye Whom Ye Shall Serve"
At least 41 House Democrats are needed to defeat Saturday's expected vote on the government takeover of health care.

November's Dizzying Spin
Just look beneath the Democrats most celebrated "victory" and you'll see the handwriting on the wall – for both parties.

The Overnights from NetRight Nation
This week Adam Bitely discusses the health care vote that is set to happen tomorrow.

Too Hot Not To Note: Can the 10th Amendment Save Us?
Cal Thomas with The State in South Carolina asks the important states rights question that is being ignored.




Says should be a wake-up call to Hodes and Shea-Porter

Washington D.C. - It was reported today that unemployment in the United States has jumped to 10.2%, the first time unemployment has reached levels above 10% in 26 years (see report via MarketWatch HERE).  Commenting on this development and how the economic "stimulus package" has done nothing to spur job growth, Cornerstone Policy Research Director, Kevin Smith, said the following:

"Hopefully this sobering news will be a wake-up call to Congressmen Hodes and Shea-Porter that the only thing the ill-conceived stimulus package did was saddle New Hampshire families with "defunct debt" that will need to be repaid at some point through more taxes.  How either of them could be considering spending even more money by voting for the proposed Pelosi health care package is simply irresponsible."


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