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Tuesday
Apr152014

NH GOP - ICYMI: Looks Like Panic Has Set In 

Friends,

  

In case you missed it, there was a compelling editorial in today's Foster's Daily Democrat detailing Jeanne Shaheen's shameless hypocrisy. Below are a few excerpts that highlight the state of panic within the Democrat Party that has led them to new lows. It's no wonder then that Senator Shaheen's legislative record has been equally self-serving, leaving New Hampshire as a mere afterthought. Help us keep DC politicians accountable by volunteering or becoming a grassroots giver today. 

 

Thank you for all that you do. 

 

Best wishes,

 

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

 

 

Excerpts from today's Foster's Daily Democrat 
 
"Looks Like a Panic Has Set In"
  • Ordinarily, it is wise politics to not level charges that can come back to bite you in the tookus. Party chair Buckley should know this and know better. Case in point is his party's very own U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. As has been widely reported, this darling of the Democratic Party recently spent time fundraising in California.
  • How can Sen. Shaheen, as a member of the party faithful, campaign on a platform of bipartisan cooperation while Buckley trashes the notion on almost a daily basis? Of course, we know the answer. Buckley is running scared that his Democratic kingdom is beginning to crumble. 
  • Nationally, it looks as if the Democrats are preparing for a political butt kicking that even well-connected New Hampshire Democrats admit could unseat Shaheen. Then there's the precipice over which Democratic U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster are looking. It's no wonder there is panic in the board room of state Democratic Party headquarters.

The original editorial can be found here.

Tuesday
Apr152014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON SHAHEEN'S SHAMELESS SALES TAX STUNT 

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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's attempt to distract from her support for a sales tax. Shaheen announced today that she will talk about a sales tax tomorrow:

 

"As a candidate for governor, Jeanne Shaheen lied to New Hampshire when she pledged to oppose a broad based tax. After taking office, Shaheen broke her word and tried to destroy the New Hampshire Advantage by attempting to impose a disastrous sales tax that would have crushed small businesses.

 

"Shaheen's dishonest attempt to distract from enthusiastic support for a sales tax is another sign of her increasingly desperate campaign. Granite Staters are smart enough to see through her shameless political tactics and recognize that she is a tax and spend liberal who has voted for President Obama's failed policies 99 percent of the time."

Saturday
Apr122014

NH GOP - ICYMI: Live Free or Obamacare 

In New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen scrambles to fix her law.

 

April 10, 2014 6:25 p.m. ET

 

The political left favors "single payer" health care, but that concept has new meaning in New Hampshire this year as just one insurer was willing to participate in ObamaCare. Thus the spectacle of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen beseeching the feds to save her re-election from her own law.

 

The Granite State Senator rode the 2008 Obama wave to become the deciding 60th vote for the law's passage, but now Ms. Shaheen must defend the mess it has made of her state's insurance markets. She's cashing in all her government chits amid a statewide uproar as patient access to hospitals and other providers has declined.

 

The only exchange option afforded to consumers comes from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a unit of WellPoint. The insurer built a narrow network that lowered premiums by 25% or 30% while still complying with ObamaCare's other mandates. Limiting choice can generate volume discounts on rates and sometimes better medical performance.

 

But Anthem's network rollback also illustrates the downsides, all the more so because ObamaCare imposed an artificial monopoly on what had been a functional individual market. Of the 26 in-state acute care hospitals, 10 were booted from Anthem's network (not counting emergency services). Even the state capital of Concord was shut out, and the coverage gaps are wider because so many primary care and specialist practices are now owned by health systems.

 

The Granite State didn't lack for insurers before. Anthem dominated with 40.7% of all private policies, but strong rivals included Harvard Pilgrim (20.4%), Cigna CI -3.05%(18.7%) and Aetna AET -2.88% (7.8%). Anthem did have a 76% share of the individual market, but aren't the exchanges supposed to increase competition?

 

Nor is Anthem filling some urgent health-care need. According to a 2013 University of Massachusetts Medical School analysis, 19 of 20 individuals who paid with their own dollars chose preferred provider organization (PPO) plans that cost more than restrictive HMOs but connect patients to a larger variety of doctors and hospitals.

 

In a January letter to the Health and Human Services Department, Ms. Shaheen let it be known that "I have heard from consumers who have been left without access to the provider with whom they had built a long-standing relationship," and demanded that HHS do something. The feds are obliging and promise a rule by year's end that could outlaw or undermine narrow networks.

 

The problem is that HHS already polices the "network adequacy" of ObamaCare to supposedly ensure provider diversity and prevent treatment delays. HHS signed off on the Anthem plan, as did state regulators.

 

Cracking down would limit innovation and abuse discretion-private business would be forced into contacts with other businesses. The far easier and better solution would be to permit many configurations of benefits, networks and price points, so consumers could balance cost versus access.

 

But for HHS, Occam's razor is only good for suicide. Rather than deregulate, HHS has bribed another insurer to enter the Granite State in 2015. Late last year after intense lobbying by the Democratic New Hampshire delegation, the Massachusetts-based nonprofit co-op Minuteman Health was awarded $66,944,915 contingent on expanding up north. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter did the honors of publicly announcing the no- to low-interest loan, not HHS.

 

Minuteman belongs to a troubled ObamaCare insurance start-up program, which was marked for death in the recent fiscal cliff negotiations. HHS slipped the money through the door one last time before Congress took the lending facility away.

 

In a February interview with WKXL radio, Ms. Shaheen denied responsibility for the New Hampshire turmoil: "I would have designed it differently had I been designing it. I wasn't the person who was writing the law. Hindsight is 20/20." The truth is that critics predicted exactly what has happened, and she was the one writing the law because without her vote it wouldn't have passed.

 

Real contrition wouldn't involve clutching the HHS apron strings for special rescue. If Ms. Shaheen means it, she and the 11 other 60th-vote Senate Democrats facing a voter reckoning this fall would join with Republicans to compel the White House to accept major ObamaCare changes.

 

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown formally declared his campaign to unseat Ms. Shaheen on Thursday, and health care is once again emerging as one of his defining themes. New Hampshire's eccentric politics have trended Democratic. But the state retains antitax and libertarian sympathies, and Mr. Brown has defied political expectations before.

 

If Democrats had heeded the voters the first time Mr. Brown won in 2010, and slowed down their rush to passage and written a better bill, Ms. Shaheen wouldn't now be having to deceive voters about her decisive role in creating the debacle she now disavows.

 

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday
Apr102014

NHGOP RESPONDS TO LEAKED SHAHEEN TALKING POINTS

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on internal Shaheen Campaign talking points obtained by WMUR-TV:

 

"It is clear that Senator Shaheen is planning to run a negative, nasty campaign that focuses on personal attacks instead of discussing issues that are important to New Hampshire. Shaheen knows that Granite Staters are fed up with her record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time and she is desperate to distract from her deciding vote for ObamaCare. Fortunately, New Hampshire voters are smart enough to see through the Shaheen Campaign's vapid talking points and realize that it is time to replace her with a fiscally responsible Republican who will provide independent leadership for our state."

Wednesday
Apr092014

NH GOP - WITH RE-ELECTION PROSPECTS FLAGGING, A TRIO OF OUTSIDE GROUPS RUSH TO SHAHEEN'S SIDE 

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Concord - As a slew of out-of-state liberal special interests rush to embattled Senator Jeanne Shaheen's side, noticeably absent on her list of supporters is one important group: grassroots New Hampshire voters. In the last two days alone, a trio of outside groups have bolstered Shaheen's suddenly uncertain re-election prospects:

  • Liberal party leaders in Washington. In what Politico described yesterday as a "a vulnerable-incumbent protection program," Majority Leader Harry Reid is giving "floor time to vulnerable Dems," using official Senate time to boost the flagging campaigns of his incumbents. Included on that list was Shaheen, as DC Democrats hope a "triumph on energy efficiency" to give her a talking point for the fall.
  • "Nervous" Massachusetts Democrats. The Boston Herald described the nervous hand-wringing of Dems in the Bay State and how they are "scrambling to bolster U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's struggling re-election campaign in New Hampshire." "'It's all hands on board," said one top Massachusetts Democrat," and "Everybody feels that Jeanne Shaheen is vulnerable,' said the Dem, who noted that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Deval Patrick have offered help."
  • "Outside money": In a blistering editorial this morning, the Union Leader eviscerates Shaheen's hypocrisy on the outside money she rails against, noting that "75 percent of her 2014 campaign cash is from out of state," including from family members of left-wing billionaire George Soros. 

"It's not surprising that Jeanne Shaheen's most vocal and fervent supporters are in Washington and California given that she lost touch with New Hampshire values a long time ago," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This is what happens when you vote 99 percent of the time with President Obama and cast the deciding vote for Obamacare. Jeanne Shaheen puts the interest of a national party agenda first and foremost, and her liberal party leaders are going to do everything they can to send her back to Washington."

 

Shaheen's frenzied backing from outside interests comes as a new survey of brokers reveals that health insurance premiums in New Hampshire have risen 90 percent in the wake of ObamaCare.