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NH GOP - 114 is Company...But 115 is a Crowd; Where is Carol?

Before we get to today’s news stories, one item caught our attention.  

President Barack Obama released this week a list of 114 “New Hampshire leaders” who will serve on his campaign's steering committee.  Guess who's missing from the list?  Carol Shea-Porter.  Yes, the same Carol Shea-Porter who said she supports her party leaders 100 percent of the time because they're right 100 percent of the time.  Although I'm sure former Congresswoman Shea-Porter disagrees with her Washington leaders on this one, my question, Mr. President, is this: Would a list of 115 supporters have been too long?  

GALLUP: Americans Fear Impact of Foreign-Held Debt on Economy: About three in four Americans are "very concerned" about how the amount of U.S. debt held by other countries will affect the U.S. economy. Fewer, but still majorities, express that level of concern about the political situation in Iran and trade relations with China. (Elizabeth Mendes, Gallup, 3/9/2012)

NASHUA TELEGRAPH: House GOP Rejects Required Health Care Exchange: Republican state Chairman Wayne MacDonald praised the House action. “When it comes to Obamacare, the list of problems never ends,” MacDonald said. “It spends borrowed money, it raises taxes; in many ways, it puts the government in charge, and through these exchanges it eliminates choices for patients.” (Kevin Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, 3/9/2012)

NASHUA TELEGRAPH: Voter ID Bill Clears Senate, Moves to House: The state Senate overwhelmingly approved the requirement that voters have to show a valid photo ID at the polls. . . . Republican State Chairman Wayne MacDonald. . . . noted that in the state’s presidential primary, conservative activists were able to successfully pose as deceased voters and initially obtained ballots at targeted polls in Nashua and Manchester. “It’s absurd that so many Democrats continue to claim no problem exists,” MacDonald said. “Despite Democrats’ best efforts to preserve the status quo and the potential undermining of legitimate votes, Republicans remain committed to passing a voter ID law, which protects the integrity of our elections and ensures that voters get to exercise one of their most fundamental rights.” (Kevin Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, 3/9/2012)


ALG's Daily Grind: Obamacare's military benefit means testing trial balloon

March 8, 2012


Obamacare's Military Benefit Means Testing Trial Balloon

The Obama Administration, for the first time, is proposing that veteran retirees pay different rates for the same health benefits based on how much they receive in military retirement pay. 

Video: You Can Kiss Barney Frank and Dennis Kucinich Goodbye...or Maybe Not

Reps. Barney Frank and Dennis Kucinich will be gone from the U.S. House of Representatives. But they will be around.

FDA sanctioned 'food facility registration fee' stands to raise prices across the board

When President Obama presented his budget for FY2013, he included within it a tax, $220 million annually, to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a "food facility registration fee" in order to help the agency comply with the 2011 food safety law.

Daily Caller: Watchdog group probes 'suspicious' Microsoft hire of friendly FTC attorney

Americans for Limited Government files a Freedom of Information Request into a former Federal Trade Commission attorney going to work for Microsoft, a company he was friendly to when in office.


NH GOP - N.H Republicans Continue Fight to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare 

With N.H. Taxpayers on the Hook for a Rising Price Tag, Will Democrats Reconsider Loyal Support?

Concord, NH -- Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives took another step toward the Republican's goal of stopping ObamaCare and its tax hikes, government expansion and prohibitive price tag. GOP leaders in the House of Representatives today passed a plan which would prohibit a state health insurance exchange and force Washington to repeal and replace the Democrats’ government-run health plan.

“When it comes to ObamaCare, the list of problems never ends,” said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald.  “It spends borrowed money, it raises taxes, in many ways it puts the government in charge and through these exchanges it eliminates choices for patients.”

ObamaCare requires states to establish bureaucratic exchanges that are regulated by the state and result in fewer options and less competition.  States are required to implement these government-run health programs by January 1, 2014, or the federal government will do it for them.  Speaker Bill O’Brien, Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt and Rep. Andrew Manuse have been leading efforts in the House of Representatives to stop these exchanges in the Granite State.

“If we can’t stop ObamaCare, taxpayers will be on the hook for even more government spending, and New Hampshire will be required to pay for it as increasing costs are shifted to states,” added Chairman MacDonald.  “A recent non-partisan study already estimated that the original price of the Democrats’ health plan has ‘ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget.’”

The Associated Press reported last week that “Cost estimates for a key part of President Obama’s health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget, but administration officials say budget technicalities, not changes to the program, are to blame.”  (The Associated Press, 3/2/2012)

“Knowing now that the price tag for ObamaCare continues to rise, I’d like to know if Democrat candidates like Annie Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter and Maggie Hassan regret supporting their party’s health plan,” Chairman MacDonald said.  “Our federal deficit is out of control, and New Hampshire would be forced to pay a large portion of the tab for a bill that Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass to ‘find out what was in it.’”

As part of her efforts to muscle ObamaCare through Congress, Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  (Watch Video)  Now that the facts show that it is actually worse than first imagined, where do Democrats stand on President Obama’s key initiative?  A recent poll found that 53 percent of likely voters at least somewhat, if not more, favor the repeal of the plan.  Forty-two percent strongly favor repeal. 


NHDP - A Rush to Judgment.

Dear Proud Democrat,


Led by the vile Rush Limbaugh, the New Hampshire House Republicans today passed House Bill 1546, a bill which takes a woman's decision about family planning away from her, and hands it over to her employer.  Under the bill, ANY company could decide that they no longer want to offer coverage for low to no cost contraceptives.


This is just the latest in a string of attacks against women by Bill O'Brien and his out of control Tea Party cronies in Concord.  If something isn't done to stop these out of touch extremists, they will continue to try and turn back the clock on women's rights by decades.


That's why we need your help to take back the House from Bill O'Brien and Rush Limbaugh.


So please join Governor Lynch, Senator Shaheen, and many of your fellow proud New Hampshire Democrats at the upcoming McIntyre-Shaheen Dinner.


Representative John Larson of Connecticut, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus will be the keynote speaker.  Representative Larson has been a leader in the effort to end U.S. dependence of foreign oil through advancing fuel cell technology produced in the United States that will also grow the economy and improve our environment.


Buy a ticket to the McIntyre-Shaheen Dinner on March 16th.


For over 50 years our dinner has been one of the most exciting annual political events in the Granite State! And this year is no different.


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Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 So. Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH


I hope you will be able to join us as we work to kick-off the 2012 Election. We have to start working together right now to take back the majorities in the State House, hold onto the Governor's office, retake the Congressional seats and re-elect the President! Space is limited so to  be sure to get your seat, buy your ticket today!


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US Rep Bass Supports Repeal of Bureaucrat-Run Board that Would Limit Medicare Benefits for Seniors

Legislation passes House Energy and Commerce Committee by bipartisan voice vote

WASHINGTON – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) supported legislation in the House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning that will repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board of unelected bureaucrats that would have the power to restrict access to health care for Medicare beneficiaries as a means of saving money.  IPAB was originally created in the President’s health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, passed the Committee this morning by a voice vote and is expected to be considered in the full House of Representatives later this month.

Bass said:

“We’ve already seen the extent to which the President’s health care law will infringe on an individual’s right to make his or her own health care decisions, whether it’s forcing providers to discontinue popular Medicare Advantage plans for seniors or mandating exactly what health care services employers have to offer regardless of their employees’ needs or beliefs, and the law hasn’t even taken full effect yet.  Now the President wants to put an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats between seniors and their doctors.

“Subject to neither the normal administrative procedures nor safeguards, the Independent Payment Advisory Board will be able to operate outside of Congressional oversight.  And more alarmingly, IPAB will ration care by threatening to force physicians to stop accepting new Medicare patients and by giving bureaucrats unchecked power to make health care decisions that should be left to patients and their doctors.

“We face difficult decisions about how to protect and preserve the Medicare program for current and future beneficiaries, but rationing care and leaving health care decisions to bureaucrats is not the answer.  Repealing the flawed health care law once and for all is a start to enacting patient-based health care reform that will improve care, increase access, and lower costs for everyone.”

Last June, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed, with bipartisan support, an amendment offered by Bass that would ensure the Committee will oppose any plans that end Medicare, will recommend support for proposals to repeal provisions that provide an unelected, 15-member body to ration care for those 55 or older, and will work on proposals to preserve the program and save it from bankruptcy in 2024.