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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) joined bipartisan Senate and House members today to send a letter to President Barrack Obama with the aim of repealing Obamacare’s excise tax – the so-called “Cadillac Tax” – on employer-sponsored health care benefits. The coalition requests a meeting with the President“as soon as possible” to repeal the tax by the end of the year.


      The 40-percent tax on high-deductible insurance plans, whose values exceed $10,200 for individuals or $27,000 for families, could affect millions of Americans, who could pay an average tax increase of more than $1,00 per year, in addition to higher premiums, as employers pass on expenses to their employees.“The cost of this excise tax, Obamacare’s main revenue source, will only go up, as health care costs rise,”said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee.


    The Congressman explained,“The excise tax’s burden on middle-class families with children, its effect on both the private and public sectors – everyone from labor unions to corporate workers – is the main reason the Administration delayed its implementation until 2018. It would have been economically disastrous then and would be as harmful today as tomorrow.”


   “New Hampshire employers, including municipalities in the First District, are already planning for cost hikes and may be forced to terminate benefits or even employees,” said Rep. Guinta.“People across a range of experience and income levels have come to me asking for repeal of this tax, one of many Obamacare provisions hurting Granite State jobs and industry.”


     This year, Rep. Guinta was the first member of Congress to introduce a standalone repeal of Obamacare’s excise tax on employer health care benefits. His “Ax the Tax” legislation has attracted over 100 Republican members, leading the Obamacare reform effort.“Democrats are hearing from their constituents, too, equally concerned about taxes and regulations putting downward pressure on family finances.”


    “I am happy to join bipartisan, bicameral colleagues to bring relief to millions across the country struggling to pay bills – or to understand why their health benefits have become a target.” U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), as well as Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Guinta, signed today’s letter to the President, who has ruled out changes to his signature health care reform.


    “We ask that you commit to working with us and the bipartisan and bicameral coalition we represent to address the importance of repealing this tax and reducing the burden on working Americans,” write the members of Congress to the President.  Their signed letter is attached.






DNC - On addiction, GOP rhetoric doesn't match actions 

We can all agree that the drug addiction epidemic in this country requires attention by leaders in every state. This is a tragedy that touches so many of us, and it’s up to our elected officials to take action to curb the epidemic.


That’s why President Obama has made drug treatment a priority for his administration. The Affordable Care Act includes countless protections for those impacted by drug abuse. Mental health and substance abuse coverage is now available to thousands of individuals, thanks to Obamacare.


But what we’ve seen from Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and other GOP candidates running for president isn’t going to help fix the problems we face. In fact, their actions could make the situation worse.


In New Jersey, Chris Christie has had an opportunity to make real progress on behalf of his constituents when it comes to drug abuse. But he’s failed to take meaningful action on this issue, despite the fact that the state’s heroin overdose rate is now triple the national average – an alarming statistic that occurred on Christie’s watch.


Here’s what we’ve seen from Governor Christie, to the detriment of countless New Jerseyans:


·        Fewer admissions to drug treatment programs. Under Chris Christie, the state has suffered from a lack of capacity to help those seeking addiction treatments.  In 2013, 10 percent of people seeking treatment could be accommodated. Despite this disappointing statistic,Christie said he did not want to build new state drug treatment facilities, leaving those seeking treatment with few options to get the help they need.

·        No reassessment of treatment beds since Christie first took office. Despite the fact that the state is unable to provide treatment to the vast majority of those who seek it, the Christie administration hasn’t taken necessary steps to reassess how many treatment beds it would actually need to help these individuals.

·        Lack of funding for treatment centers thanks to Christie’s mismanaged budget.Governor Christie’sbudget failures have led to a lack of investment in treatment facilities throughout the state.

·        Calls to repeal mental health and substance abuse coverage included in the Affordable Care Act. Governor Christie joins the rest of the GOP field in his desire to repeal the ACA and strip mental health and substance abuse coverage from men and women who need it to afford the cost of treatment.

·        Support for drug testing welfare recipients.Chris Christie, like so many GOP Presidential candidates,supports drug testing those applying for public assistance. This backwards GOP inquisition doesn’t do any good for those seeking help, or for a state’s budget.

And it’s not just Chris Christie who is taking the wrong steps to remedy the drug abuse epidemic in this country. It’s the entire Republican field.


  • Jeb Bush opposed a ballot initiative giving drug offenders the right to treatment instead of prison, and Florida received an “F” grade from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for its mental health system infrastructure under his leadership.
  • Marco Rubio prevented mental health legislation from even getting a vote when he was Speaker of the House in Florida, and wants to strip mental health and substance abuse coverage from men and women who need it to afford the cost of treatmentby repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • John Kasichsupported a program to force drug testing of welfare recipients, and claimed he didn’t get why the program was “an attack on the poor.”
  • Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and theentire Republican field would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provides coverage for substance abuse and mental health treatment. 


We can all agree that something needs to be done. However, Chris Christie’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions, which is becoming an all too familiar pattern with the rest of the Republican field. The difference between what Christie says and what he does is why voters can't trust Republican politicians to govern.


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Emily's List - Rep. Frank Guinta Votes for Ryan and Makes Extreme Agenda Top Priority

Guinta Voted with Paul Ryan 91% of the Time


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Guinta voted to elect Paul Ryan the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, demonstrating his willingness to put party loyalty ahead of the needs of the people he represents. Earlier this year, EMILY’s List put Rep. Guinta “On Notice” for his extreme agenda, making his seat a top target for Democratic takeover in 2016.


“Rep. Guinta’s decision to vote for Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House solidifies his commitment to an anti-woman, anti-family agenda,” said Rachel Thomas, press secretary of EMILY’s List. “Paul Ryan’s infamous budget proposals are bad for women, children, and hardworking families. With Speaker Ryan at the wheel, we will continue to see the attempts to reduce women’s access to health care and once again make breast cancer and pregnancy pre-existing conditions. Paul Ryan’s Congress will continue its genuinely outrageous priorities, taking aim at children, students, and our seniors.


“Rep. Guinta votes in lockstep with Speaker Ryan and together, they will push an extreme agenda – which is exactly why EMILY’s List has made Guinta a top target for 2016.”




The Majority of Cuts in the Ryan Budget Affected People with Low or Moderate Income.Of the total $4.8 trillion non-defense cuts in the Ryan Budget, $3.3 trillion or 69% of the cuts were from programs that serve people with low or moderate income. [CBPP,4/08/14]


Cut Billions from SNAP. The Ryan Budget included a cut of $137 billion over ten years for SNAP which would have resulted in the end of benefits for an estimate 3.8 million low income individuals. [CBPP,4/08/14]


Cut Billions from Pell Grants. The Ryan Budget included a cut of $125 billion total from the Pell Grant program, making it significantly more difficult for low-income students to attend college. [CBPP,4/08/14]


End Medicare as We Know It. The Ryan Budget would have converted Medicare into a “premium support” system driven by private insurance vouchers. [New York Times, 4/01/14]


  • Majority of Medicare Recipients Are Women.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56 percent, or 25,872,700 of Medicare beneficiaries in 2013 were women. [Kaiser Family Foundation,accessed 10/23/15]


  • Female Seniors Make Up an Overwhelming Majority of Medicare Beneficiaries. According to 2013 American Community Survey estimates, 10,731,591 women over the age of 75 have Medicare coverage compared to 7,372,520 men with the same coverage. [US Census, Medicare Coverage by Age and Sex,accessed 10/23/15]


  • Older Women, on Average Are Poorer than Older Men. According to the National Women’s Law Center, elderly women have lower average incomes and are more likely to live at or near the poverty level than elderly men. [National Women’s Law Center,5/23/11]



Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Built into the Ryan Budget was a repeal of the Affordable Care Act which would have resulted in at least 40 million Americans losing health insurance or failing to achieve coverage by 2024. [CBPP,4/08/14]


  • Included a Repeal of the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion. As part of the Ryan Budget’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid would have been cut. [CBPP,4/08/14]


    • ACA Expanded Women’s Access to Insurance. Only half of working women are able to get health coverage through their jobs, compared to 57% of men. Under the Affordable Care Act, approximately 8.2 million uninsured women will gain health coverage from expanded Medicaid eligibility and up to another 11 million women who lack affordable insurance through an employer will be eligible for subsidies. Additionally, with the extension of parental coverage until age 26, more than 10 million young women were able to retain insurance coverage. [Kaiser Family Foundation: Focus on Health Reform,12/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12; US Census 2010, accessed 1/23/12]


  • Breast Cancer, Pregnancy No Longer “Pre-Existing Conditions,” Preventative Treatments Essential under ACA. The Affordable Care Act prohibits coverage denials and exclusions for women with “pre-existing conditions” including pregnancies, past C-sections, breast or cervical cancer, or past treatment for domestic or sexual violence. In addition, maternity and newborn care are included as essential benefits in health plans, and the following services are to be provided with no additional costs to women and girls: annual or biannual mammograms for women over 40, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal screenings and tests, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, depression screenings and smoking and alcohol cessation programs. [National Women’s Law Center: What Health Reform Means for Women in Iowa, accessed5/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12]


  • ACA Closed the Medicare Donut Hole for Women. Women will benefit from a provision which closes the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” or the prescription drug coverage gap that requires seniors to pay the entire cost of prescriptions while in the gap. In 2007, 64% of the Medicare beneficiaries that were affected by the “donut hole” were women. [National Women’s Law Center: What Health Reform Means for Women in Iowa, accessed5/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12]


EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.


Strong NH - Obamacare Premiums and Penalties Rise in NH 


MANCHESTER - As most Americans currently enrolled in Obamacare begin to select their health insurance plans this weekend, they will find they have to pay more for coverage in 2016 than they did this year. Open enrollment begins Sunday and ends January 31.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has reported that New Hampshire, like most states, will see an increase. Those Granite Stateres covered by the "silver plan," which is the second-cheapest option available on the federal exchange, will see a 5.1% premium increase.  

  • The Obama administration projected earlier this month that 10 million would obtain health insurance through the exchanges in 2016; less than half the number the Congressional Budget Office forecasted in March. According to a Fox News report, healthcare analysts have said Obamacare's sustainability depends on more paying customers signing up through the insurance exchanges. If too few customers purchase insurance, companies will have to raise rates on existing customers to ensure they have enough money to pay for healthcare.
Penalties will also be going up. The per-person charge in 2016 jumps to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, topping out at $2,085 per family, or 2.5 percent of household income -- an increase from this year's penalty.

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

"This week's report from the federal government regrettably shows that Obamacare's failures will continue to hurt New Hampshire families in 2016. Premiums will increase as fewer Americans than expected enroll. Fines will go up as the federal government continues to force those those who do not want to purchase health insurance to do so.

"It is understandable why a majority of New Hampshire residents oppose Obamacare. Regrettably, Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster, and former Congresswoman Shea-Porter continue to ignore them. Instead, they stand by a law that consistently forces their constituents to stomach higher costs and bigger government."