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Tuesday
Aug262014

Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Offers Real Solutions to Obamacare 

In a story by the Associated Press today, "Republicans differ on keeping parts of health law", Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Rubens stands above his challengers when it comes to meaningful health care reform.

 

The AP reported, "Brown, however, said none of the federal law should remain in place and that there is nothing Congress should do to provide greater access to affordable health insurance."

 

The Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate campaign asks in response why voters should nominate Brown as GOP standard bearer if he is going to do nothing to improve access to affordable healthcare. The per person cost of healthcare in the U.S. is highest in the world, significantly burdening our economy and driving jobs offshore and Brown doesn't want to do anything about it?  Jim Rubens believes that Obamacare must be repealed.  But repealing Obamacare and doing "nothing" about healthcare problems, as Scott Brown suggests, is not a responsible option.  Rubens has laid out a plan to help lower healthcare costs and improve quality.

 

To show contrast in this report, the AP states:

"Rubens said Congress should create catastrophic insurance pools to handle pre-existing conditions, with premium help for low-income individuals. He also has outlined a 15-point plan to reduce health care costs and improve quality that calls for means testing for Medicare and Social Security recipients, creating more community health clinics and allowing an interstate market for health insurance."

 

This most recent statement by Brown is contrary to earlier statements and positions which were still confusing, including positions supporting the grandfathering of all Obamacare health policy holders and the expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire.  On August 14th, the Rubens campaign called out "Brown to Take Position on Obamacare".

 

Brown’s vague, contradictory, and haphazardly changing positions on healthcare policy should lead voters to ask whether he would be unduly influenced in Washington by lobbyists and influence peddlers?

Friday
Aug222014

Brown For US Senate - OBAMACARE'S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON MEDICARE 

Jeanne Shaheen’s Obamacare Vote Jeopardizes New Hampshire Seniors

 

Medicare Advantage Cuts: New Hampshire is among the states with the highest Medicare Advantage enrollees in New England. Approximately 15,000 Granite State seniors participate in Medicare Advantage, a type of private supplemental health insurance that pays for Medicare hospital inpatient and outpatient services. 
 
  • In 2015 Medicare rates are expected to be cut by 3.55 percent. (Alex Wayne and Caroline Chen, “Humana, UnitedHealth Face About 3.6% Advantage Rate Cuts,” Bloomberg, 2/21/14)
  • Obamacare cuts nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars ($716 billion) out of Medicare, particularly targeting Medicare Advantage, a program New Hampshire seniors know and rely upon. (Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)
  • At least one major Medicare Advantage provider in in New Hampshire announced they would drop Medicare Advantage plans. (Robert Weisman, “Harvard Pilgrim Cancels Medicare Advantage Plan,” The Boston Globe, 9/28/10)
  • Nearly 7,600 Medicare Advantage patients in New Hampshire received notice that their Medicare Advantage plans would be cut. (Julie Hanson, “Medicare Questions Keep on Coming,” The Union Leader, 11/9/11)
Cuts to Home Health Services: In New Hampshire and across the country, nearly 3.5 million seniors rely on home health care services. 
  • Obamacare cuts 14 percent—nearly $22 billion—from Medicare home health care over four years. (Dan Weber, “Medicare Cuts Home Health Care for Millions of Seniors,” The Washington Times, 2/28/14) 
Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): Obamacare created the IPAB, an independent unelected board of 15 bureaucrats, tasked with making arbitrary cuts to Medicare
  •  Congress can only overturn IPAB decisions by a three-fifths supermajority vote in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 

Senator Shaheen’s Record

Shaheen Voted for Medicare Cuts: Senator Shaheen was the deciding vote to ensure the passage of Obamacare, which cut $716 billion from Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)

Shaheen Opposed Amendments to Prevent Medicare Cuts: 
 
  • 2010: Shaheen voted against an amendment to prevent Medicare Advantage cuts. (H.R. 4872, Roll Call Vote #72: Motion To Table Agreed To 56-42, 3/24/10, Shaheen Voted Yea)
  • 2009: Shaheen voted no on a measure to allow Medicare Advantage enrollees to retain existing benefits. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #370: Rejected 42-57, 12/8/09, Shaheen Voted Nay) 
  • 2009: Shaheen voted against an amendment to prevent Medicare Cuts, including Medicare Advantage cuts. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #358: Motion Rejected 42-58, 12/3/09, Shaheen Voted Nay)
Friday
Aug222014

Brown For US Senate - BROWN HOSTS ROUNDTABLE TO DISCUSS OBAMACARE'S MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CUTS 

DOVER - Today, Scott Brown held an "Obamacare Isn't Working" roundtable discussion with local seniors and concerned citizens to discuss the negative impacts of Obamacare's Medicare Advantage cuts.
 

"Raiding $716 billion from Medicare and putting our seniors' health care options in jeopardy is not fair or responsible," said Brown.  "I support the full repeal of Obamacare to protect our seniors and make sure they have access to good long term care options and a plan that works for them.  The one-size fits all approach from Obamacare is not working for our state and putting another burden on New Hampshire families."
 
During the event, Brown spoke briefly about Obamacare's cuts to Medicare and upcoming reductions to Medicare Advantage.  Obamacare is responsible for $716 billion in cuts to Medicare, and an estimated 15,803 seniors who rely on Medicare Advantage will also see reductions that could impact their health care.  In 2015, rates are expected to be cut by 3.55 percent, or what amounts to an annual cut of roughly $1,300. New Hampshire some of the highest Medicare Advantage enrollment numbers in all of the New England states.
 
“Obamacare was forced on us by the president and Senate Democrats, without regard for the impact it will have on seniors and families,” said Pixie Carson of New Boston. “Everyday living expenses are constantly going up—whether it’s buying food or gas—more money is coming out of our pockets and seniors don’t have the flexibility to spend more on health care costs.”
 
Senator Shaheen not only cast the tie-breaking vote for Obamacare, but also voted repeatedly to raid Medicare. Senator Shaheen subsequently voted against three separate amendments, two in 2009 and one in 2010, that would have prevented Obamacare from making any cuts to seniors' Medicare plans.
Thursday
Aug212014

NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Defies Reality with Increasingly Desperate Attempts to Re-Write History about Disastrous Tenure at SAIC

In Concord Monitor Interview and WGIR Debate, Havenstein Tries to Hide the Fact that He Left SAIC in Shambles, As the Company Shed 5,000 Jobs and its Stock Value Plummeted 32%

 
Manchester, NH – Failed CEO Walt Havenstein is working overtime to mislead the public and duck responsibility for his disastrous record of failed leadership and mismanagement as CEO of SAIC. In an interview with the Concord Monitor and in today’s WGIR GOP gubernatorial debate, Havenstein again tried to rewrite history and hide the fact that he left SAIC in shambles, as the company shed 5,000 jobs and its stock value plummeted 32%. 
 
Havenstein told the Concord Monitor that SAIC was “much stronger when I left, both market- wise and from a leadership perspective,” begging the obvious question: what planet was Havenstein living on?  
 
According to the Washington Post, “the company struggled under [Havenstein’s] strategy, watching its profit and revenue decline.” Observers even questioned why SAIC’s board didn’t insist that Havenstein’s resignation was effective immediately, with one analyst commenting to Reuters, “The firm really needs some changes in their strategy now and with the current CEO [Havenstein] now scheduled to stay on for nine months, it makes it difficult for the firm to make any significant strategic directional change.” 
 
 “Walt Havenstein is either delusional, deliberately trying to mislead voters, or both, about his disastrous record as CEO of SAIC,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Havenstein ran SAIC into the ground, failing to stop a $500 million fraud scandal and putting in place a failed strategy as the company lost millions of dollars and shed thousands of jobs. The only way one could argue with a straight face that Havenstein helped SAIC is that the company’s stock shot up 10% after news broke that he would be stepping down.”   
 
In today’s WGIR debate, Havenstein also came under fire for his failure to stop the “colossal fraud” that occurred at SAIC. While Havenstein claims he responded decisively to the massive scandal, the truth is that Havenstein didn’t fire the SAIC executives for their role in the scandal until nearly a year after charges were issued in the case and weeks after Havenstein announced “without warning” that he would step down from the company. [WaltFacts.com]
 
“Despite Havenstein’s increasingly desperate attempts, there’s no way he can hide the fact that his failed leadership left SAIC in shambles,” added Lesswing.    

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)