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Thursday
Sep182014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - ICYMI: Letter: Kuster drops ball on constituent services 

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In case you missed it, the Eagle Tribune today published this letter to the editor which criticizes Ann Kuster for never holding a town hall meeting or public forum. According to the article:

“Although she has been running for Congress since 2010 and has held the seat since 2012, she has never hosted a single public forum or town hall meeting.”

The article went to say “if Annie Kuster doesn't have time to meet with me in the span of four years, she certainly doesn't deserve to represent me in Washington.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Wednesday
Sep172014

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?"
  

Wednesday
Sep172014

NHDP - ICYMI: Talking Points Memo: "Wait, What Kind of Plan?" 

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Okay, this is kind of fascinating. You can see that we have this story about about Cruz-backed Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia, running for a seat in Congess up in New Hampshire. She was being interviewed last week and stumbled into this question of just what kind of insurance she had since she's such a big critic of Obamacare. She very oddly ducked and bobbed and refused to answer the question, specifically whether she herself had an Obamacare plan. Her campaign followed up and clarified that she did have health care coverage but not an Obamacare plan. But some key elements of the story did not - and still do not - seem to add up.

As I said, the campaign followed up and said they she definitely didn't have an Obamacare plan. Then they gave an interview with the Manchester Union Leader in which both Garcia and her campaign manager Tom Szold appear to have been interviewed and Szold did most of the talking. They repeated the point they she does not have an Obamacare plan. And they refused to provide details of her coverage. But what they did share ... well, here's what they said.

Szold said her plan covers catastrophic care on a short-term basis while she runs for Congress. Should she win the election, she presumably would be eligible for health care through Congress.
He said Garcia decided not to enroll in an ACA exchange, even though she would have been eligible.

But this seems odd because that sort of catastrophic care plan is the kind that's no longer allowed under Obamacare. There are some exceptions. You can be grandfathered in if you'd had the plan for a long time. You can also purchase a sort of plan that most people don't think actually counts as health care coverage and that doesn't satisfy the Obamacare mandate We detailed how these plans can work in this article from about a year ago. So presumably, Garcia falls into one of these categories.

This seems to be confirmed by what a Garcia campaign official told us a few moments ago ...

"I believe she is doing a private, non-compliant plan…Her thing is I don't believe the government recognizes her plan but that doesn't mean it's not a legitimate healthcare plan. It's worth noting that if she were to win [her race] she would be eligible for a congressional healthcare plan."

This would make sense since the campaign suggested in the Union Leader interview that Garcia had purchased her plan for her time campaigning. She's currently in the state legislature. But New Hampshire has a part-time legislature and does not appear to provide health care coverage. And Garcia works mainly as a freelance Harp instructor. Again from the Union Leader piece ...

She said she lives at the School Street home of her parents, David and Santa Garcia, along with her sister, Bianca, who also serves in the State House.
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She has worked, mostly on a part-time basis, teaching the harp to students at a school in Massachusetts as well as Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter and St. Paul's School in Concord. She also has volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate for neglected or abused children in the court system.
Her last full-time job was as a developer of curriculum and business for a university in northern Italy.
But, while serving in the Legislature over the last several years, she has devoted herself to working full-time - though for a $100 a year stipend - while the Legislature is in session, then working in the private sector, primarily as a harp instructor, when not in session.
"But right now, I'm campaigning full-time," she said.

When we read all this we were a bit confused. It sounds like Garcia hasn't had employer-based health insurance for a very long time or perhaps ever. So we don't know if she was uninsured before she bought the catastrophic care plan for her congressional campaign or whether her plan is one of the non-plans noted in the article above.

It's worth noting that for a Tea Party candidate it would likely be a badge of honor to defy Obamacare, even at the price of getting worse coverage, just out of principle. But we're still trying to get to the bottom of just what kind of plan she has.

Monday
Sep152014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Marilinda Garcia Statement on Ann Kuster Negative Ad 

 

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Concord, NH– Kenny Cunningham, communications director for Marilinda Garcia for Congress, released the following statement regarding Ann Kuster’s latest negative ad:

“It is extremely disappointing that Ann Kuster is already relying on negative attack ads in her race for re-election. Ann Kuster clearly has no record to run on from her time in Congress, and she is trying to distract from her unwavering support for President Obama and Obamacare.

Obamacare has drastically burdened our hardworking retirees with its severe cuts to the Medicare advantage system and has reduced choices for patients, as the majority of New Hampshire health care providers are now out of network. No state has been harder hit by the Obama-Kuster agenda, so it is no surprise that Kuster is using negative, dishonest ads to distract from her record and paint Marilinda Garcia as someone she is not.”

 

Friday
Sep122014

NHDP - Tea Party Extremist Marilinda Garcia Campaigns on Denying Health Coverage to Granite Staters

Refuses to Say Where She Gets Her Own Health Coverage

Granite State Voters Deserve to Know What Garcia is Hiding When it Comes to Her Own Health Care

Manchester, NH – Despite signing the Koch Brothers pledge calling to take awayhealth coverage from tens of thousands of Granite Staters, Tea Party extremist Marilinda Garcia refused to say where she received her own health care in an NHPR interview earlier this week.

While Garcia has made health care a central issue in her campaign, when asked directly about her own health coverage in a recent NHPR interview, she responded, “I… that’s my own issue.” After Garcia was given another chance to share later, she reiterated, “I don’t need to talk about that. Thank you.”

“Tea Party extremist Marilinda Garcia signed the Koch Brothers pledge calling to take away health care from tens of thousands of Granite State families, but refuses to say where she receives her own coverage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “If Marilinda Garcia is going to make denying health coverage to hard-working Granite Staters a central part of her campaign, then voters deserve to know what she is hiding when it comes to her own health care."

See an excerpt from the interview below or the full NHPR story here:

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But when asked about her own health care coverage, Garcia demurred.

Garcia: “I… that’s my own issue.”

NHPR: “So you don’t want to say?”

Garcia: “No that’s fine, I don’t need to share everything.”

NHPR: “I bet it will come up again. Probably that’s something the media will want to know, with you making health care an issue in your campaign.”

Garcia: “My constituents talk to me so I am not here running on my own issues. I am expressing what they come up with.“

NHPR: “Is it fair to say you are not getting your health care through Obamacare, through the (federal) exchange?”

Garcia: “I don’t need to talk about that. Thank you.”

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