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Tuesday
Aug192014

NHDP - In Interview, Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Makes it Clear (Again) That He Has No Integrity When it Comes to Health Care for Working Families 

Havenstein Criticizes Senate GOP for Sunset Provision that Could Result in Loss of ACA Benefits for 50,000 Granite Staters, Yet He Signed Koch Brothers Pledge Committing that He'd Take Away Benefits from those Same People
 
Manchester, NH -- In an interview on WMUR's CloseUp, failed CEO Walt Havenstein made it clear once again that he has no integrity when it comes to health care for working families. For weeks, Havenstein has come under fire for his lack of integrity on health care, as he opposes offering the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to 50,000 Granite Staters despite taking nearly $100 million in contracts to implement the health law as CEO of SAIC. 
 
On CloseUp, Havenstein also criticized the sunset provision that was added to the health care expansion plan by Senate Republicans, saying it could result in a loss of coverage for newly insured individuals. However, just weeks ago, Havenstein signed a pledge to the Koch Brothers saying that he would work to repeal health coverage for those very same people. 
 
"By trying to have it both ways on health care, Walt Havenstein is once again looking out for himself over the interests of Granite Staters," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing.  "Havenstein isn't being honest about where he stands on health care as he offers tortured excuses for how he could sign a Koch Brothers pledge to repeal coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters after his company made millions off the ACA while he was CEO." 
 
"Given that Havenstein has pledged to the Koch Brothers that he'd take away coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters, his newfound concern with the sunset provision championed by Senate Republicans is deliberately misleading at best," added Lesswing. "We call on Havenstein to level with the people of New Hampshire and take a clear position once and for all on Governor Hassan's bipartisan health care expansion plan."
 
Havenstein's lack of integrity on health care has also drawn outrage from Republican circles. In the first GOP gubernatorial debate, conservative activist Andrew Hemingway called Havenstein's position on health care "disingenuous at best." On WMUR's CloseUp, Hemingway added that he is "absolutely disgusted" by Havenstein's hypocrisy and double standards, calling it "political talk that I think the people of New Hampshire are sick of."  
 
BACKGROUND
 
"Havenstein ran company that made millions helping implement health care law" 
"Walt Havenstein says he is against the Affordable Care Act and efforts to implement the law in New Hampshire, but just three years ago he was the CEO of a company that made millions in government contracts to help make the new health care law a success." (WMUR, Jul 30, 2014).
 
"Candidates sign AFP pledge to cut taxes, oppose Obamacare"
"Walt Havenstein also plans to sign the pledge, his campaign said, but could not attend today’s event due to a fundraiser in Virginia. [...] "The pledge includes five promises: Cut taxes and oppose tax increases, cut spending and the size of government, pass a right to work law, oppose Obamacare and Medicaid expansion and to uphold the state and federal constitutions." (Concord Monitor, July 30, 2014)
 
Tuesday
Aug192014

Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Calls for Brown to Take Position on Obamacare  

  In Thursday's Mount Washington Valley Economic Council debate in North Conway, each candidate was asked about what they would do regarding Obamacare.

In response to the question, Scott Brown said that he wants to repeal Obamcare but people who are on it and like parts of it, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, he suggested freezing those parts.

>From talking to voters across New Hampshire, they are demanding specific plans to replace Obamacare. This statement from Scott Brown is the latest in a series of statements that range from endorsing the major components of Obamacare to not clearly articulating his vision for fixing this broken system.

Some of Brown's recent statements include:

"At one stop, he suggested repealing Obamacare but letting New Hampshire's beneficiaries be 'grandfathered in' so they don't lose coverage." Politico, May 15, 2014

"Not only on Medicaid expansion, but the Affordable Care Act, I've always felt that people should get some type of health care options and pay for it with a nice competitive fee, that's all great. I believe it in my heart." WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

"And a plan which is good for New Hampshire which can include the Medicaid expansion." WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

McElveen: "So you agree with the philosophy behind the ACA in terms of of the healthcare, but the mechanisms just doesn't work as far as you're concerned." Brown: "Yeah listen, absolutely". WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014 The Keene Sentinel ran a piece this week on being the 'reform' candidate. They also interviewed voters, including one who called Rubens "my kind of guy."

New Hampshire Public Radio reported on August 12, 2014, "Brown meanwhile said he'd like to see the law replaced with a network of state controlled solutions."

Because he favors grandfathering current Obamacare enrollees, wants to keep Medicaid expansion and voted for mandated insurance in Massachusetts, he supports the three major pillars of Obamacare. On my website I lay out a detailed 16-point plan, no such plan exists on ScottBrown.com. I'm calling on Brown to describe specifically what he is proposing to replace Obamacare.

Sincerely,

Jim Rubens

 
Tuesday
Aug192014

CEI Today: Obamacare in court, deputizing America, and water scarcity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court Best to Quickly Resolve Obamacare Cases, Plaintiffs Argue in Monday Filing

Plaintiffs in a major Obamacare lawsuit filed their opposition today to the federal government’s request for en banc reconsideration in Halbig v. Burwell. They argue the U.S. Supreme Court is the only court that can quickly resolve the insurance exchange issue, over which two circuit courts split last month.
> Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman

> Daily Caller: Lawyers: Send Obamacare Subsidies Case Straight To Supreme Court
 

WORKING FOR THE STATE - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Deputizing America; Sooner or later, we’ll all work for the State—unless we do something about it


Government is deputizing people all over the country to do its law-enforcement work. Under a campaign known as Operation Choke Point, banking regulators have been telling banks that if they don’t investigate their customers for “high-risk” activity, they will be subject to subpoenas and everything that implies.
> Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

WATER SCARCITY - WAYNE CREWS

 

Forbes: Fountains Of Solutions: Western Water And California Drought

 

The Washington Post now proclaims “nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm.” Today’s water supply and access issues in the West and notably in Central Valley California are the result of yesterday’s broader infrastructure, property rights and economic growth policies. Water policy seems like an old issue, but it’s also a high-tech one. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

75 new regulations, from tax delinquents to spectrum auctions.

 

 

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Sunday
Aug172014

Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Calls for Brown to Take Position on Obamacare 

In today’s Mount Washington Valley Economic Council debate in North Conway, each candidate was asked about what they would do regarding Obamacare. 

 

In response to the question, Scott Brown said that he wants to repeal Obamcare but people who are on it and like parts of it, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, he suggested freezing those parts.

 

“From talking to voters across New Hampshire, they are demanding specific plans to replace Obamacare,” said Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.  “This statement from Scott Brown is the latest in a series of statements that range from endorsing the major components of Obamacare to not clearly articulating his vision for fixing this broken system.”

 

Some of Brown’s recent statements include:

“At one stop, he suggested repealing Obamacare but letting New Hampshire’s beneficiaries be ‘grandfathered in’ so they don’t lose coverage.” Politico, May 15, 2014

 

"Not only on Medicaid expansion, but the Affordable Care Act, I've always felt that people should get some type of health care options and pay for it with a nice competitive fee, that's all great. I believe it in my heart." WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

 

“And a plan which is good for New Hampshire which can include the Medicaid expansion” WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

 

McElveen: “So you agree with the philosophy behind the ACA in terms of of the healthcare, but the mechanisms just doesn’t work as far as you’re concerned.”  Brown: “Yeah listen, absolutely”. WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

 

New Hampshire Public Radio reported on August 12, 2014, “Brown meanwhile said he’d like to see the law replaced with a network of state controlled solutions.”

 

Rubens adds, “Because he favors grandfathering current Obamacare enrollees, wants to keep Medicaid expansion and voted for mandated insurance in Massachusetts, he supports the three major pillars of Obamacare.  On my website I lay out a detailed 16-point plan, no such plan exists on ScottBrown.com.  I’m calling on Brown to describe specifically what he is proposing to replace Obamacare.”

 

Saturday
Aug162014

NHDP - ICYMI: Primary Candidates Hammer Failed CEO Walt Havenstein for ACA Hypocrisy at GOP Debate

Manchester, NH – Failed CEO Walt Havenstein's record of cashing in on the ACA as CEO of SAIC, despite now pledging to deny the law's health care benefits to 50,000 Granite Staters, continues to haunt his flailing campaign as made clear during the GOP gubernatorial debate earlier this week.

After struggling to defend his opposition to the ACA, despite previously using the health care law to boost his company's profits, Havenstein's primary opponents hammered his stance as “disingenuous” and a troubling sign of putting profits before principles.

As the Ledger-Transcript reported, “The candidates were never pushed too far out of their comfort zone during the debates, save one moment: After Havenstein referred to New Hampshire’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act as 'nothing short of a disaster,' Hemingway blasted him for his oft-publicized connections to the act. Havenstein's Virginia-based company, SAIC, received over $5 million in federal contracts relating to the rollout of 'Obamacare.' Even then, Havenstein didn't stray too far from his talking points, arguing that he was acting as a CEO, not on his personal beliefs.”

The Ledger-Transcript added, “Smolin took that opportunity to pile on. 'As governor, you are the CEO of the state,' Smolin pointed out; did that mean his personal beliefs would never come into play if he was elected?”

Read the full Ledger-Transcript recap of this week's debate here: http://www.ledgertranscript.com/home/13126836-95/political-hopefuls-bring-their-platforms-to-region

See ACA-related footage from the debate here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kWhkVmB5s&feature=youtu.be