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U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta statement on the healthcare reform law's second anniversary

(Washington, DC – March 23, 2012)    Friday marks the healthcare reform law’s second anniversary.  Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) issued the following statement:

“Two years ago today, President Obama signed into law one of the most flawed pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress.  The Administration and Democratic congressional leaders used strong-arm tactics to railroad the healthcare reform law through Congress in the dark of night with a strictly party line vote.  Now that Granite Staters have had two years to examine the details buried within it, they’re disturbed by what they’re finding.

“I share their concern.  That’s why one of the very first votes I cast in the House was to repeal the healthcare reform law in its entirety.  I’ve also voted to remove its especially egregious requirements, such as the 1099 provision, which would have burdened small businesses by making them report every transaction over $600.  Just yesterday, I voted to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15 member panel of unelected federal bureaucrats that would determine which health and medical care for seniors would be paid for by the government.

“What started out as a bad bill has grown into bad policy.  The problems created by it keep mounting, from projections of its increasingly excessive cost to the potential millions of people who may eventually lose health insurance coverage through their employer.  Plus, it harms seniors by removing $500 billion from important Medicare funding to help pay for it.

“Granite Staters shouldn’t have to pay the price for the healthcare reform law’s many excesses, and I’ll continue fighting for its repeal, either in one swoop or one provision at a time.”


NRCC - Obama May be in Hiding, but Shea-Porter is on Defensive When it Comes to Government Healthcare Takeover 

New Hampshire Democrat Insists on Keeping the Government Takeover of Healthcare Even Though Voters Still Don’t Want it on its Second Birthday

WASHINGTON --- Although President Obama is markedly absent on celebrating the two-year anniversary of his government takeover of healthcare becoming law today, Carol Shea-Porter and her former House Democrat colleagues are more than willing to step up to the plate for this unpopular and troublesome law as they have in the past (Roll Call #165; Roll Call #167, 3/21/10). Someone has to do it, and Shea-Porter has shown she will fight repeal of the failing healthcare takeover despite the sky-high unpopularity, soaring costs and broken promises.

“Although even President Obama is ducking this dubious milestone, Carol Shea-Porter and her former House Democrat colleagues are more than willing to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to their government takeover of healthcare as it enters the terrible twos,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Shea-Porter has demonstrated a commitment to defending the disastrous healthcare takeover even though it is costing taxpayers more, causing premiums to rise and forcing families off their current healthcare plans.”

President Obama and Senate Democrats are conspicuously absent on the two-year anniversary of ObamaCare, but House Democrats are happy to defend it:

“President Barack Obama is talking about energy and jobs. Next week, he’s going to Korea. And not too many Senate Democrats plan on blowing out birthday candles for the law’s second anniversary this week. The law is divisive, and in swing states it’s an albatross for Democrats including the president and some of his Senate allies.

“So that leaves the House Democrats, many hailing from safe liberal districts where the health care law is popular, to soldier on like a lonely battalion defending the law and reminding the public of its benefits.” (Jonathan Allen, “The Obama Vacuum: House Dems defend health-care reform,” Politico, 3/21/12)

What House Democrats won’t tell you is that the law is as unpopular as it has ever been, after broken promises and soaring price tags:

“President Barack Obama promised over and over during the health care debate that ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.’ It turns out that, for a lot of people, that isn’t true…

“And it’s not the only hard truth Obama and the law’s supporters are facing. No matter what they said about rising health care costs, those costs aren’t actually going to go down under health care reform. The talk about the law paying for itself is just educated guesswork. And people aren’t actually liking the law more as they learn more about it — and some polls show they are just getting more confused.” (David Nather, “Health care reform: 4 inconvenient truths,” Politico, 3/16/12)

 Obama May be in Hiding, but Shea-Porter is on Defensive When it Comes to Gov’t Healthcare Takeover #gopcodered


NHDP - Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley today released the following statement on the two year anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act - which to date has helped millions of middle class families, seniors, and young people receive quality affordable health care:


"Two years ago with the stroke of a pen, President Obama achieved what no other president had accomplished for decades - comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health care coverage for all Americans and end the worst insurance company abuses," said Buckley. "No longer will insurers be able to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, charge women more than men for the same coverage, or place a dollar amount on how much coverage a person can receive for essential health benefits."


"President Obama kept his word and because of his tireless commitment to health care reform. Right now, Medicare is stronger for 47 million Americans, women can now get free life-saving preventive services such as mammograms, children won't lose their coverage just because they were born with pre-existing conditions like asthma, and an additional 2.5 million young adults now have insurance because they can stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26 - also at no additional cost."


"For these Americans, President Obama's leadership stands in stark contrast to his Republican rivals, all of whom have said they would repeal this critical legislation if they were to become President. The GOP frontrunner, Mitt Romney, continues to follow an Etch A Sketch strategy to secure the Republican nomination - saying we should repeal health care reform while hoping that voters will forget he signed similar legislation as Governor of Massachusetts. Romney even said at the time that his bill should be a 'model' for national health reform," said Buckley.


"Instead of arguing for strengthening and preserving Medicare, Mitt Romney has decided to embrace the Romney-Ryan budget which would repeal the Affordable Care Act, allow insurance companies to discriminate against consumers again, turn Medicare into a voucher program and increase health care costs on seniors by thousands of dollars. Time and again, Mitt Romney has shown he has no core values and will say anything to get elected - even if it means turning his back on policies he once supported and making seniors foot the bill to cover tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans."


"Thankfully, Americans can count on President Obama and Democrats to stand up for them and their health care-and the Affordable Care Act, which turns two years old today, will ensure that Americans have affordable and reliable access to health care for generations to come," said Buckley


Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: A Path to Prosperity & Jobs

The Path to Prosperity: The Budget Committee offers a serious budget proposal

The House Budget Committee (which I serve on) unveiled our budget proposal for FY 2013 on Tuesday. The Path to Prosperity is a serious approach to address our nation’s serious fiscal problems. In a nutshell, it would slam the brakes on runaway government spending, tackle our growing debt and deficits, while also providing a bipartisan plan for safeguarding and protecting Medicare for both current recipients and future generations. You can read it for yourself by clicking here.

The Path to Prosperity is a sharp contrast to President Obama’s budget proposal, which calls for more spending, deeper debt and bigger deficits, and more borrowing to pay for it. Then there’s the Senate, which hasn’t passed any budget since 2009. At 1,000+ days and counting, Senate leaders say they won’t vote on one this year either.

The House Budget Committee recognizes that our increasingly precarious fiscal condition jeopardizes our country’s future. Remember: the America we hand over to our children tomorrow will be shaped by the decisions we make today.

You can read my joint opinion piece with Budget Chairman Paul Ryan in this week's Union Leader by clicking here.

The Healthcare Reform Law, Two Years Later: Removing a troublesome provision

Two years ago today, the Obama Administration’s healthcare reform bill became law. Granite Staters have been examining the many details of this sweeping legislation for two years now, and they’re increasingly troubled by what they’re finding in it. I’m disturbed by it, too. That’s why I sided with the bipartisan majority on Thursday to pass H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act. It would abolish the panel of 15 unelected federal bureaucrats, whose job would be determining which health and medical care for seniors the government would pay for, and which it wouldn’t. Seniors who’ve built their retirement plans around Medicare deserve better treatment, and I’m fighting to make sure they receive it.  Click here for more information on Thursday's vote.

Besides the IPAB repeal, I’ve also voted to repeal the healthcare reform law in its entirety, have voted to defund it, and voted to successfully remove the 1099 provision, which would have imposed a great burden on small businesses. I will continue to fight this misguided law until it no longer poses a threat to hardworking Granite State families and small businesses. You can click here to read my statement on the two year anniversary of the healthcare reform law.

Working Together: Partisan labels give way to cooperation on fishing bill

We hear a lot these days about gridlock on Capitol Hill. I’m pleased to tell you about a case of bipartisan cooperation that can produce important results here in New Hampshire.

Earlier this week, I joined with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) to introduce H.R. 4208, The Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act. In a nutshell, it would prevent important funding intended to support fisheries and research and development projects to boost our state’s struggling fishing industry. Click here to learn more about the bill and click here to learn more about what I am doing for New Hampshire's Fishing Industry.

H.R. 4208 demonstrates Members can work together in Congress to accomplish positive results for the common good. Congressman Frank and I come from different parties and view many issues from different perspectives. And we’re also willing to set partisan labels aside and work together for the good of New England. Click here to read what Foster’s Daily Democrat had to say about our bipartisan work together in their editorial titled "Bipartisanship comes to the fore."

Calling on Capitol Hill: Middle Schoolers Visit Congress

When nearly two dozen middle schoolers come to Capitol Hill, you can always count on two things: lots of fun and plenty of questions! I shared both Tuesday morning when I had the privilege of taking students from The Derryfield School into the House chamber. They saw where bills are debated and visited the Cloak Room where Members gather before votes. Their questions ranged from “What’s your favorite part of being Congressman” to “How many times a day do you vote?” Then we gathered on the Capitol steps for a group photo. Thanks to The Derryfield School for including me in their visit.

Remember, if your school is planning a trip to Washington, DC, please be sure to call my office at (202) 225-5456 and let me know. I’d love to see you while you’re here. The welcome mat is always out for Granite Staters!

Pictured Bottom Row (from left): Alex Labonte, Nate Milliken, Naomi Durand, Julia Ek, Tyler Crews, Kelly Collins.
Second Row: Silas Howe, Ryan O'Meara, Brenna Conway, Abby Hovey, Henna Malik.
Third Row: Mark Blaisdell (chaperone), Isabell Plotsker, Anna Welch, Cecelia Templeton, Sam Muskat, Julia Perkins, Paige Voss
Fourth Row: Robbie Dowst, Sawyer Strong, Parker Blaisdell, Charlotte Leydon, Margaret Ives, Emma Polgrean.
Fifth Row: Sam Anderson, Congressman Guinta, Justin Perkins (chaperone)

Helping Those Who Help Others: Our Community Health Centers

I was pleasantly surprised when I received an unexpected honor this week. I met Thursday morning with representatives from the Bi-State Primary Care Association. They presented me with their 2012 Community Health Center Champion Award in recognition of my support for them in Congress. I listened with great interest as they told me about their goals for this year. Community health centers are on the front line of helping keep Granite Staters healthy in many towns and cities. I look forward to continuing to work with them in the coming months.

(Pictured: Susan Noon – Durham, NH; Kevin Kelley – Vermont; Richard Cotter – Lancaster, NH; Jonathan Brown – Colebrook, NH; Jason Grey – Meredith, NH; Tess Kuenning – Bow, NH; Edward Shanshala – Littleton, NH.)


NRCC - Shea-Porter Hasn’t Changed Her Mind About ObamaCare … and Neither Have Voters

Two Years After the New Hampshire Democrat Voted for it, the Government Takeover of Healthcare Continues to Unravel

WASHINGTON --- It was two years ago today that Carol Shea-Porter voted for the government takeover of healthcare (Roll Call #165; Roll Call #167, 3/21/10) and unfortunately things have only gotten worse. Shea-Porter and her fellow Democrats insist the law is becoming more popular even though public opinion remains miserable as families are forced off their healthcare plans, premiums continue to rise and the price tag for taxpayers skyrockets.

“Carol Shea-Porter's stubborn defense of her government takeover of healthcare after two long years demonstrates just how out of touch she is with the families who are being forced off their health plans or seeing their premiums rise,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Instead of blaming her former New Hampshire constituents for not understanding the law enough, Shea-Porter should recognize her healthcare takeover’s broken promises and failed policies.”

House Democrats claim their government takeover of healthcare will only help them this election year:

“Despite those numbers, [Democratic Caucus Vice-Chairman Xavier] Becerra said Democratic candidates shouldn’t shy away from supporting the law.

“‘I don’t believe for a moment that if a candidate stands up and talks about increasing access to good doctors in a hospital that he won’t find himself in good stead with the voters,’ Becerra said. ‘Anyone who believes that the Affordable Care Act is good has a good chance of being elected to office and should stand by that.’” (Ed O’Keefe, “Democrats: The more Americans learn, the more they love health-care reform,” The Washington Post’s 2chambers Blog, 3/19/12)

But polls continue to show voters across America strongly disagree:

“This ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that Americans oppose the law overall by 52-41 percent. And 67 percent believe  the high court should either ditch the  law or at least the portion that requires nearly all Americans to have coverage.” (Greg Holyk, “As Health Care Law’s Trial Approaches, Two-Thirds Say Ditch Individual Mandate,” ABC News, 3/19/12)

 Shea-Porter Hasn't Changed Her Mind About ObamaCare…and Neither Have Voters #codered