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NRSC - Hassan’s Obamacare Love Affair 


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)




Bill Would Repeal Medical Device Tax, Cadillac Tax, Individual And Employer Mandates
Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Governor Hassan’s opposition to a federal bill that would repeal unpopular Obamacare provisions, including the medical device tax, Cadillac tax and the individual and employer mandates:
“After years of Granite Staters suffering the disastrous consequences of Obamacare, there is finally enough legislative support to repeal some of the most damaging provisions of this failed law that are crushing small businesses and harming working families. It is unfortunate that the governor is following the lead of disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is stonewalling any effort to fix this broken law. New Hampshire deserves independent leaders who will work together to look out for taxpayers’ best interests, not another Washington politician who marches in lockstep with their party leadership.”
The negative effects of Obamacare’s medical device tax and “Cadillac” tax have been well-chronicled in New Hampshire newspapers. Obamacare remains widely unpopular and opposition to provisions such as the medical device tax is bipartisan
Portsmouth Herald: “Officials From Portsmouth To Manchester Are Warning Taxpayers And Municipal Workers Alike About The Potential Profound Impact Of The Affordable Care Act's So-Called Cadillac Tax.” (Jeff McMenemy, "Cities brace for impact of 'Cadillac' tax," Portsmouth Herald, 6/15/15)
Portsmouth Herald: “According To Ayotte, Efforts To Repeal It Have Become Bipartisan, Even Among Some Lawmakers Who Initially Approved Of The Tax.” (Paul Briand, “Ayotte: Medical device tax is ‘onerous’,” Portsmouth Herald, 4/4/14)
Union Leader: “The Affordable Care Act Will Cost The City Nearly $200,000 In The Current Fiscal Year, And Could Result In A $1.2 Million Levy In 2018, When A Tax For So-Called "Cadillac Plans" Is Set To Kick In” “The Affordable Care Act will cost the city nearly $200,000 in the current fiscal year, and could result in a $1.2 million levy in 2018, when a tax for so-called "Cadillac plans" is set to kick in, according to a report presented Tuesday.” (Ted Siefer, “Manchester government warned to plan for Cadillac tax on healthcare,” Union Leader, 10/1/13)
Eagle Tribune: "The Senate Needs To Vote To Abolish The Tax And By A Veto-Proof Margin." (Editorial, “Senate must vote to repeal medical device tax,” Eagle Tribune, 6/30/15)
USA Today: "'Enough Of This Haranguing About Obamacare,' Said Reid, Who Predicted That Senate Democrats Will Sustain A Presidential Veto Of The Bill." (Erin Kelly, “Senate poised to repeal major portions of Obamacare,” USA Today, 12/2/15)



Hours After Paris Terrorist Attacks, Obama Transfers Five Dangerous Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement calling on Governor Hassan to denounce President Obama’s dangerous transfer of five Guantanamo Bay detainees only hours after the Paris terrorist attacks:
“Only hours after the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris, President Obama handed over five longtime Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of terrorism to the United Arab Emirates. This extreme, ideologically-motivated action ignores the dangerous reality that nearly a third of the terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay are either confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorism. Governor Hassan has signaled her willingness to march in lock step with President Obama in the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and Granite Staters deserve to know if she naïvely supports the president’s terrorist transfer plan. The governor should immediately denounce this reckless program that endangers our troops abroad and our security at home.”
Washington Examiner: “Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Said Tuesday That The Recent Release Of Gitmo Detainees Occurred Just Four-And-A-Half Hours After French Officials Raided The Bataclan To Stop An Attack There.” (Jacqueline Klimas, “GOP senator raps White House for Gitmo release after Paris attack,” Washington Examiner, 12/1/15)
Union Leader: “Hassan Said She Would Consider Closing The Guantanamo Bay Military Prison” “Hassan said she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison, but only in a context that ensures the protection of U.S. citizens.” (Staff Report, “Hassan enters race for Senate,” Union Leader, 10/5/15)
Director of Nation Intelligence: “Confirmed Of Reengaging 107 Of 620 (17.3%)…Suspected Of Reengaging 77 Of 620 (12.4%)”; Total 184 Of 620 (30%). (Director of National Intelligence, "Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba",, 8/15/14)

Strong NH - Hassan still silent on Gitmo plan


Granite Staters Deserve Answers From Hassan on Her Plan to Close Gitmo

MANCHESTER - While there are currently over 100 dangerous individuals still at Gitmo, President Barack Obama has vowed to continue efforts to close it.

The Defense Department announced last month that five Yemeni nationals were released from Gitmo, including an Al Qaeda terrorist who reportedly had close ties to Osama bin Laden. According to the Pentagon, they were transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Today, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said that the recent release of Gitmo detainees occurred just four-and-a-half hours after French officials raided the Bataclan to stop an attack there. 

Governor Maggie Hassan told the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview in October that "she would consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison," but she has not elaborated further on the issue since.

Organizations like ours have been pressing Governor Hassan for weeks to explain what she believes we should do with Gitmo detainees if the facility is closed. Last month, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire took out a full page advertisement in the New Hampshire Union Leader calling on Governor Maggie Hassan to fully explain her position on closing the Gitmo. Regrettably, she has refused to do so.

**More images of the newspaper advertisement can be provided upon request**


Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;

"Given new revelations that the five dangerous Gitmo detainees who were were released last month were sent to the UAE just hours after the attacks in Paris, Granite Staters are rightly concerned about the Obama Administration's plan to eventually close the facility. Those concerns are heightened further given reports that the Pentagon is considering relocation areas for other detainees only hours from the New Hampshire border.

"Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been asking Governor Maggie Hassan for months for a full explanation of what she would do with the more than one hundred dangerous detainees still being held Gitmo. Whether she supports releasing them to other countries or moving them to facilities in the United Staters, given the dangerous times we live in, Granite Staters have been more than patient waiting to hear what Governor Hassan's plan truly is."





NH GOP - FACT CHECK: HASSAN VOTED AGAINST LAW PROHIBITING SANCTUARY CITIES Rates Accurate NHGOP Claim Hassan Voted Against Bill To Prohibit NH Sanctuary Cities
Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding stating the claim was “accurate” that Maggie Hassan voted against a bill that would have prohibited sanctuary cities in New Hampshire:
“Governor Hassan’s opposition to legislation that would penalize sanctuary cities clearly demonstrates her willingness to put political considerations ahead of public safety concerns. Illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes in our country need to be arrested and immediately deported, and local officials should not provide these convicted criminals with safe haven by promoting policies that ignore federal law. The governor’s support for sanctuary cities shows how out-of-touch and extreme her views are with New Hampshire’s commonsense values.”
PolitiFact: “Proposed Legislation That Would Have Barred New Hampshire From Serving ‘As A Sanctuary For Illegal Aliens.’ The Bill Also Mandated That State Law Enforcement Agencies Enforce Federal Immigration Laws ‘To The Extent Authorized By Federal Law.’” “Then, former state Sen. Joe Kenney, a Republican, proposed legislation that would have barred New Hampshire from serving ‘as a sanctuary for illegal aliens.’ The bill also mandated that state law enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration laws ‘to the extent authorized by federal law.’” (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • “Hassan…Was One Of 13 Democrats Who Voted To Kill The Bill” “Hassan, then a state senator, was one of 13 Democrats who voted to kill the bill, which went down in a 13-10 vote along party lines.” (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • "The New Hampshire Republican Party Said That Maggie Hassan, As A State Senator, 'Voted To Kill Legislation That Would Have Blocked Any Effort To Promote Sanctuary City Policies In New Hampshire.'" (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • "Hassan Did Vote Against A 2008 Bill That Would Have Prohibited New Hampshire From Serving As A 'Sanctuary For Illegal Aliens.'" (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)
  • “The Statement Is Accurate” “The statement is accurate but needs additional information, so we rate it Mostly True.” (Allie Morris, “Did Maggie Hassan vote against legislation to ‘prevent sanctuary cities’ in New Hampshire?,” PolitiFact, 11/25/15)​
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