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Thursday
Apr102014

NHDP - ICYMI: Survey Citing 90% Insurance Rate Increase Completely Debunked 

NH Rates “All Based on One Anonymous Person's Opinion”

"Average Individual Rate Did Not Go Up By 90%"

New Hampshire Insurance Department Disputing Morgan Stanley's Claim
 

WMUR: Hear the one about NH health insurance rates going up 90 percent?

“You see, Morgan Stanley conducted a survey of insurance agents in 34 different states. On page six of their report it details how many people they talked to in each state. In New Hampshire, they said they talked to one person, who they don't name. Interestingly they also only got one response in nine other states. They got the most responses (31) from Idaho. For those keeping track, 21 percent of all survey respondents were from Idaho.”
 
NHPR: Report Citing 90% Rate Increase Under ACA Called Into Question
 
“But only one of the 148 insurance brokers anonymously surveyed by Morgan Stanley works in New Hampshire. Delaware, which the report says is seeing a 100% increase under the law, also only had a single respondent.
In a statement, the New Hampshire Insurance Department says while individual prices can vary significantly, the average individual rate did not go up by 90%.”
 
 
Read the full articles here:

Hear the one about NH health insurance rates going up 90 percent?

UPDATED 9:06 PM EDT Apr 09, 2014

By James Pindel


CONCORD, N.H. —Here is a funny story about some funny stories you may have read this week. Maybe this will provide some insight on how the Republican Party message machine works. Of course, Democrats attempt to do the same thing. You, a casual follower of politics, may not know any better.

It starts with a national report from Morgan Stanley on expected health insurance rates changes in different states next year. What it said about New Hampshire was rather alarming: Rates for health insurance on individuals went up 90 percent.

A blogger for Forbes.com wrote up the report. On Monday, seeing an opportunity, the New Hampshire Republican Party sent out a press release blaming Democratic politicians and the Affordable Care Act for the huge rate increase.

Then a local Republican blogger followed the press release by tweeting a link to the Forbes story. Within minutes, the state Republican Party then retweets the blogger. The story is then gaining interest to other media outlets. The next day, The Union Leader made it a front page story with the headline "Survey: NH health premiums up 90%."
WMUR-TV did not air a story about it.

Here's why: it's all based on one anonymous person's opinion.

You see, Morgan Stanley conducted a survey of insurance agents in 34 different states. On page six of their report it details how many people they talked to in each state. In New Hampshire, they said they talked to one person, who they don't name. Interestingly they also only got one response in nine other states. They got the most responses (31) from Idaho. For those keeping track, 21 percent of all survey respondents were from Idaho.

Morgan Stanley never promised that this survey was based on actual insurance rate data in each state. But if you are interested in that the state Department of Health and Human Services hired an outside firm to that analysis. They found that, after you factor in subsidies in the new health care law, the average premium would actually decrease eight percent this year.
 
Report Citing 90% Rate Increase Under ACA Called Into Question
By TODD BOOKMAN

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is disputing a report that claims a 90% spike in individual premiums under the Affordable Care Act. The report from Morgan Stanley, which has become the latest flashpoint in the political battle over Obamacare, was based on a national survey of insurance brokers.

It provided perfect fodder for opponents of the health law. New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn said it confirmed ObamaCare as a "disaster." Republican Scott Brown, eyeing a New Hampshire Senate seat, also used the 90% figure in criticizing the law.



But only one of the 148 insurance brokers anonymously surveyed by Morgan Stanley works in New Hampshire. Delaware, which the report says is seeing a 100% increase under the law, also only had a single respondent.

In a statement, the New Hampshire Insurance Department says while individual prices can vary significantly, the average individual rate did not go up by 90%.
 

Wednesday
Apr092014

NHDP - GRAB YOUR POPCORN, This One’s a Doozy

Rachel Maddow Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Why Scott Brown is Wrong for New Hampshire
 
Here’s a NHDP Viewing Guide to Maddow’s Review of Scott Brown’s Greatest Gaffes.


2:10--Brown claims to have had "secret meetings" with Kings and Queens. He didn't. Ever.
2:40--Brown falls for Osama Bin Laden internet hoax. Believed that fake pictures were real and defended them on TV.
2:57--Rachel notes that Brown's fake embarrassing, made up, wrong stuff has been unforced.
4:00--Brown says Hillary Clinton calls him constantly asking for votes....later to be revealed as false...by his office.
4:50--Brown accuses Rachel Maddow of trying to run against him for MA Senate, which was "really weird."
5:30--Brown mocks Elizabeth Warren for being part Native American--"Scott Brown X-ray ethnic vision."
6:45--Scott Brown's phantom "Bqhatevwr" tweet from his pants.
6:55--Changes twitter handle, which had been @ScottBrownMA, to @SenScottBrown so it wouldn't be awkward when he ran for Senate in New Hampshire.
8:15--Scott Brown stumbles, can't remember what state he is in.



0:23--Scott Brown butchers his new state's motto: "Live Free AND Die"--maybe you, buddy. But not us.
1:20--Brown says "do I have the best credentials? Probably not. Cause, you know, whatever."
1:50--Can't even get his paperwork right. Brown forgets to check off what party he belongs to and is "a little bit of a mess."
3:05--McConnell calls Scott Brown "an old friend of ours."
4:05--Brown launches campaign based on the premise that Obamacare would be a failure...but millions of people now have access to health insurance.
5:00—“Scott Brown was a terribly embarrassing Senator....”
8:00--As the National GOP start to quietly admit that ACA is working, Scott Brown "Mr. I'm Against Obamacare... cannot answer even basic questions about what the state he is running in should do about Obamacare...because expanding health insurance in New Hampshire probably at some level makes sense for New Hampshire...but being against Obamacare is the one thing people are supposed to know about Scott Brown that does not make them laugh out loud."
Wednesday
Apr092014

NHDP - The Donald Endorses Scott Brown 

"Another billionaire is joining the Scott Brown Appreciation Club. I wonder if Trump will ask him for his birth certificate"
 

WMUR: Scott Brown gets praise from The Donald

Donald Trump has opinions. He knows who is likes. He knows who he dislikes. He will basically tell you anything if you ask him the right way.

So when a local radio host asked Trump if he likes soon-to-be New Hampshire U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, Trump said he did.
Appearing on "New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath" on Manchester-based WGIR-AM Tuesday morning, Trump said would probably endorse Brown.

"I think I would. I think he is a good man. I think he’s done a good job. He was in a tough area if you are a Republican certainly and to get elected one time was sort of amazing actually and now he is in a little bit of a different location," Trump said. "I love New Hampshire. I have been to New Hampshire many times. I think he can do it."

Trump later said that Brown has "a very good chance of winning" this fall over Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.

State Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley was not impressed with the Trump endorsement.

"Another billionaire is joining the Scott Brown Appreciation Club. I wonder if Trump will ask him for his birth certificate," said Buckley.

Of course, Brown will first have to get through a Republican primary before taking on Shaheen.

Trump was on the New Hampshire radio station in advance of his second trip to the state this year. He will speak at the Americans for Prosperity Freedom Summit with potential Republican presidential candidates.

As for running for president himself, he said he would prefer not to, but he would need to see how the rest of the 2014 election year would play out.
Thursday
Apr032014

NHDP - Koch Brothers, Big Oil, & Wall Street Special Interests Succeed in Getting Their Buddy Scott Brown to Run For Senate in NH

Koch Brothers, Big Oil, & Wall Street Special Interests Succeed in Getting Their Buddy Scott Brown to Run For Senate in NH
 
Brown Still Refusing to Keep Third Party Special Interest Money Out of Race by Signing People’s Pledge
 
Three Weeks After He Launched a Short-Lived and Gaffe-Plagued “Exploratory Committee” and Tour of NH—Brown Decides He Knows Enough About NH Families to Run for Senate
 
Concord, NH—This morning, a mere three weeks after launching a short-lived and gaffe-plagued “exploratory committee” and tour of New Hampshire to “learn” about New Hampshire families, three and a half months after moving to the Granite State, and three months since the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove started pouring money into negative ads benefiting him, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has announced that he will run for Senate in New Hampshire.
 
“Scott Brown is for Scott Brown. He moved to New Hampshire and aligned himself with the third party special interest groups trying to buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat. Then he embarked on a relentlessly negative statewide tour, in which he avoided answering questions about the People’s Pledge, bashed the Affordable Care Act, only to be told by a fellow Republican that it was a ‘financial lifesaver,’ and then told a reporter that he probably did not have the best credentials 'cause, you know, whatever,’” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “What we know is that Scott Brown has a record of protecting Big Oil tax breaks and Wall Street special interests—the same special interests that have already poured over $1.5 million into this race to defeat a candidate who is actually fighting for New Hampshire families—Jeanne Shaheen. He offers no plans or solutions, only the same negative and nasty Republican attacks.”
 
Buckley added, “Today’s announcement is no surprise—Scott Brown is working with the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove to get elected in New Hampshire so that he can do their bidding again in the United States Senate. Well, Granite Staters know and deserve better. We know who puts our interests first, and that is the woman who raised her family in New Hampshire, taught in our schools, served three terms as Governor, and is now working for us in Washington, and that is Jeanne Shaheen.”
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Wednesday
Apr022014

NHDP - NOT AN APRIL FOOLS' JOKE!

Telegraph Compares Bridgegate Gov. and Tactless Redskins Owner to a Certain ex-MA Senator

Telegraph: Christie, Brown, Snyder offer good lessons in bad public relations

Telegraph Editorial
 

It has been a great few days for adding to the annals of ludicrous public relations blunders. It’s always good for a chuckle when supposedly astute people do really dumb things.

First up is New Jersey’s Chris Christie. The incredibly shrinking Republican governor wants to be president, but things aren’t going so well of late. There was this whole bridge thing, where members of his administration closed down a lane of traffic leading to the George Washington Bridge into New York City for a couple of days in political retaliation against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.

Although federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are conducting investigations to determine what the governor knew and when he knew it, Christie thought it would be a good idea to conduct his own investigation, which – surprise, surprise – exonerated him completely. Critics quickly and accurately labeled the governor’s “investigation” a sham, because Christie’s handpicked lawyers didn’t speak to several vital players in the scandal, possibly because those witnesses may yet be indicted.

What was Christie thinking? That his own probe would be taken more seriously than a federal investigation? That, if he got his message out first, he could begin to sway public opinion back in his direction? If either is the case, then he shouldn’t be asking taxpayers to pick up the $1 million price tag for his self-indulgence.

New Hampshire’s newest politician in residence, former Massachusetts U.S.Sen. Scott Brown, didn’t appear ready for prime time last week when he came off sounding more like a valley girl than a serious contender for U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s seat.

When asked by the Associated Press if he had the best credentials to run for the Senate, Brown now infamously replied, “Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. ’Cause, you know, whatever.”

Perhaps the best way to respond is in a way Brown would likely best understand: What’s up with that, dude? Are you even for realzies? That’s, like, so bogus.

#Facepalm.

We also count among the clueless Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who is still pitching the idea that the team’s nickname honors native Americans.

“It’s not enough to celebrate the values and heritage of Native Americans,” Snyder said in a letter to the team’s fans last week. “We must do more.”

That “more” is the creation of the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation” that will supposedly “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities” for Native Americans.

In other words, he apparently thinks that if he buys the naming rights to an ethnic slur, everything will be OK. Wrong. Does he think that if he set up a scholarship fund for African Americans he could use the n-word?

The fact that he used the offensive nickname in the title of his foundation proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Snyder doesn’t get it.

Amazingly, he believes “even more firmly” the name “captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents.”

More than a couple native Americans don’t share his vision.

“We’re glad that after a decade of owning the Washington team, Mr. Snyder is finally interested in Native American Heritage, and we are hopeful that when his team finally stands on the right side of history and changes its name, he will honor the commitments to Native Americans that he is making,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter.

And that’s the point. If Synder truly cared about native Americans, he would establish the foundation and change the team’s nickname.

Instead, he just looks shallow and thick-headed.

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