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Citizens For A Strong NH - Gov Hassan Goes Silent on ObamaCare 


As Premiums Spike, Maggie Hassan Goes Silent on ObamaCare

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(June 11, 2015) - Gov. Maggie Hassan, who once called ObamaCare "essential to the future of our country" and "pointedly embraced" it at a campaign rally in 2012, has more recently been silent on her support of President Obama's signature legislation.

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire caught up with Gov. Hassan to ask her about health care premiums spiking by 51 percent in New Hampshire, and whether or not she still supports ObamaCare given the negative impact it will continue to have on Granite Staters. Regrettably, as the law fails more New Hampshire residents, she has become much less willing to discuss it.

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Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"Considering over half of New Hampshire residents disapprove of ObamaCare, 22,000 Granite Staters have lost their health insurance because of the law, and 10 of the 26 major hospitals have been cut from the Anthem network thanks to ObamaCare, we aren't too surprised Gov. Hassan is now silent on her once steadfast support of the wildly unpopular legislation.

"Middle-class New Hampshire families have already been struggling to find affordable health care, and Gov. Hassan's continued support of ObamaCare at the state level with Medicaid Expansion does Granite Staters no favors. As premiums continue to increase, Granite Staters will have Gov. Hassan to thank for skyrocketing health care costs." 




CEI Today: King v Burwell, regulation > spending, Save the Bees, and more 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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President Obama Posits Himself as All Three Branches in One

Ignoring his agency’s abuse of the law and undermining Congress, Obama today claims Supreme Court should not have taken up Obamacare case. 


“While President Obama’s healthcare law and his legacy may be near and dear to his heart, in the United States our system of government does not give any President or administration the authority to re-write laws, as the IRS attempted to do in this instance with Obamacare," said Lawson Bader, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which is coordinating the King v. Burwell case. > Read more

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Memo To Presidential Campaigns -- Federal Regulation Matters More Than Spending

The federal government’s reach extends well beyond taxes, deficits, and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations affect the economy by hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—annually in addition to the official dollar outlays that dominate the federal policy debate.  > Read more


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Save the Bees: Eliminate Biofuel Mandates

The Obama administration made a lofty promise with the launch of its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators. Over the next five years, the feds will implement an interagency campaign to restore and improve 7 million acres of “pollinator habitat.” That may be a laudable goal. But the strategy fails to address one of the biggest threats to pollinator habitat: federal biofuel mandates. > Read the Huffington Post commentary

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AUFC - So What's Senator Ayotte's Plan If the Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Coverage

Washington DC – Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, tens of thousands of Granite Staters have gained access to quality, affordable health care. But that could all be undone if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, a lawsuit that seeks to do away with premium tax credits that have helped millions of Americans purchase health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace in about three dozen states, including New Hampshire. Despite the fact that the life-saving health coverage of nearly 40,000 New Hampshirites hangs in the balance of the decision, Senator Kelly Ayotte has had little to say on the matter, except to remind voters of her overall opposition to the ACA. Ayotte is currently is a co-sponsor of legislation fully repealing the health law and all its new consumer protections and prescription drug benefits for seniors. On the heels of welcome news this week that over 10 million Americans have enrolled in health plans under the ACA and 9-in-10 Americans now have coverage, Americans United for Change, a pro-healthcare group that has aired numerous ads in support of the ACA, challenged Senator Ayotte to explain to her constituents how exactly she plans to protect the health security of Granite Staters if the Supreme Court strikes down a crucial component to the law’s success. Does Ayotte have a contingency plan for the Granite Staters who will no longer be able to afford health coverage without these critical tax credits and cost-sharing reductions – or for the rest of New Hampshire’s health consumers whose premiums will spike in the process? Does she even care?


Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “While most legal scholars agree that this case against the health law has no merit, the Supreme Court that gave us the disastrous Citizens United decision could again choose to put politics above of the law and strip away health care from nearly 10 million Americans, including 5 million children and 40,000 New Hampshirites. If it unfortunately comes to that and Congress does not act to fix it and fix it fast, the hospital industry has warned of "a widespread and massive disruption … to the entire health care system nationwide."  And it seems Senator Ayotte will be all too happy to sit by and watch the fire burn. But the consequences would extend far beyond just those who would lose their health coverage and become more vulnerable to medical bankruptcy – beyond the estimated 10,000 additional Americans who would die each year because of lost coverage. All consumers of health care will pay a price in the form of higher premiums following a surge in uncompensated emergency room care as millions of Americans suddenly lose health coverage. In fact, studies predict that individual market premiums will skyrocket up to 47 percent.

“Considering Senator Ayotte is actively trying to unravel the entire health law, don’t Granite Staters deserve to know what her detailed replacement plan is in case the Supreme Court introduces chaos and uncertainly into the marketplace in the coming days?  We know Ayotte is a co-sponsor of legislation to make legal again the worst insurance industry practices like dropping people when they get sick or denying coverage to kids born with pre-existing conditions.  Or was going back to the broken system where insurance companies come between patients and doctors her only plan all along?” 



Nearly 40,000 New Hampshirites would lose their insurance. According to the Urban Institute, 37,000 New Hampshirites would be unable to afford their health insurance coverage and would become uninsured if the U.S. Supreme Court repeals the tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act in the federal marketplaces.

Overall, nearly 45,000 New Hampshirites would lose an average of $2,620 in tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. According to the Urban Institute, 44,000 people would lose an average of $2,620 in tax credits and cost-sharing reductions—a total of $116 million—if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs.

Nearly 50,000 New Hampshirites have selected a marketplace plan. As of January 16, 2015, 46,642 New Hampshirites have selected a marketplace plan.



NHDP - ICYMI: Governor Hassan, Senate Democrats Express Concerns About Irresponsible Senate Republican Budget 

Senate Republicans' Unbalanced Budget Will Hurt Small Businesses And Middle Class Families, Take NH’s Economy Backward.

Concord, N.H. – Governor Hassan and Senate Democrats reiterated concerns yesterday about Senate Republicans’ unbalanced budget that will hurt small businesses and middle class families, and take New Hampshire’s economy backward. 
Governor Hassan told WMUR, “Any budget that’s going to pass into law this session needs to be a bipartisan budget that makes real progress for the people and businesses and economy of New Hampshire, and it needs to be balanced. And I’ve expressed to Senate leadership my concerns about the fact that the budget that passed out of committee fails to meet those standards.”
See coverage recap below:
Union Leader’s Budget Coverage
… Democrats held a news conference to say the budget plan is filled with gimmicks and big business giveaways, while failing to continue Medicaid expansion or fund the negotiated state employee pay raise.
“The Senate Republican budget undermines our economic future, sets the state on precarious financial footing, and despite the rhetoric, is neither compassionate nor responsible,” said the Senate’s Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton, at a news conference Tuesday. It not only uses budget gimmicks, he said, it contains “budget-busting-big-business giveaways.”
… Democrats objected to rate reductions for the business profits and business enterprise taxes in the second year of the next biennium. The rate reductions are projected to reduce revenue by $14 million.
They also noted the Senate budget fails to restore state aid for higher education, uses money promised for roads and bridges for agency operating costs, and fails to include money for Medicaid expansion for the last six months of the biennium or $12.2 million for a negotiated pay raise for state employees.
“What kind of message are we sending to our employees?” asked Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester. “Negotiate a contract but we won’t live up to it. That is a bad omen — a bad omen.”
… Gov. Maggie Hassan’s press secretary William Hinkle said the contract was a priority for the governor, noting she said the money would be included in her budget plan before other details were released. And he said Hassan is willing to meet with Forrester, but has not had a request to do so.
… Woodburn charged some last-minute proposals were done as favors to Republican friends, such as a business tax change and moving oversight of public risk pools from the Secretary of State’s Office to the Insurance Commission.
He said while Republicans were taking care of their friends, the budget cuts mental health services, substance abuse treatment, public safety and higher education — all of which undermines efforts to build a stronger economic future.
Democrats also said the plan would not continue Medicaid expansion beyond Dec. 31, 2016, when the federal government stops paying 100 percent of the cost.
“That means 40,000 people will lose coverage and businesses will be forced to pay the hidden tax that results from cost-shifting of uncompensated care,” Woodburn said. [Full story]
NHPR’s Budget Coverage
… Democratic Senate leaders say the two-year spending plan is not in the best interest of New Hampshire residents, claiming that it is riddled with “budget gimmicks” such as double counting and unspecified budget cuts to key social services.
Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn also criticizes the plan, claiming it gives business tax breaks to “special friends” such as Planet Fitness.  
“Despite the rhetoric the Senate Republican budget is neither compassionate nor responsible,” Woodburn said at a press conference at the State House.
… Governor Maggie Hassan says she has “serious concerns” with the proposal -- especially the elimination of state employee pay raises and Medicaid expansion.
The full Senate is set to vote on the budget Thursday. A final version must be signed into law by June 30. [Full story]



NHDP - American Congress of OB-GYNs Opposes Kelly Ayotte’s Sham Birth Control Bill 

Salon Calls Bill “A Giant Fraud”

Concord, N.H. – Today, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined the growing chorus of doctors and women’s health advocates opposing Kelly Ayotte’s sham birth control bill.
Salon called the bill “a giant fraud.” Adding, Ayotte “wants to sell women a bill of goods. They're not buying, and neither are doctors.”
The Huffington Post reported that ACOG President Mark S. DeFrancesco, M.D., issued the following statement on behalf of the non-profit organization of women's health doctors:
“The Affordable Care Act removed many barriers to preventive care that keeps women healthy. By making contraceptives available to women without a co-pay, it has truly increased access to contraception, thereby decreasing unintended pregnancies, and allowing women to better plan their futures. Unfortunately, instead of improving access, this bill would actually make more women have to pay for their birth control, and for some women, the cost would be prohibitive."
“As women’s health care providers, we welcome robust and productive dialogue about the indisputable role that contraceptives play in the health, well-being, and productivity of American women. We would welcome any legislation that would do what this proposal purports to do – help women. As it stands, however, we cannot support a plan that creates one route to access at the expense of another, more helpful route.”
Planned Parenthood On Republican Birth Control Bill: “Insult To Women.” “Planned Parenthood noted that birth control pills can cost women up to $600 a year, which is now covered under the Affordable Care Act, and that the bill would take away insurance coverage for birth control that’s made available over-the-counter. The bill doesn’t expand the availability or protect the affordability of IUDs and other highly effective methods of birth control.” [Planned Parenthood, 5/21/15]
Ayotte Voted To Bar Use Of Funds For Planned Parenthood. In April 2011, Ayotte voted in favor of: “adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” The concurrent resolution was rejected 42-58. [H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 60, 4/14/11]
Ayotte Voted For And Was An Original Cosponsor Of The Blunt Amendment. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed employers to deny women coverage for birth control and for other important preventive health services. The American Cancer Society opposed the amendment because it would allow employers deny coverage to life-saving preventive services like mammograms. [S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813, Vote 24, 3/1/12; New York Times, 3/2/12]
Following Hobby Lobby Decision, Ayotte Issued Statement Supportive Of The Decision To Deny Some Women Contraception Coverage. “U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision on religious liberty in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: ‘Americans shouldn’t be forced to comply with government mandates that violate core principles of their faith. This case is fundamentally a matter of religious freedom, and this ruling affirms Americans’ religious liberties as protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.’” [Office of Sen. Ayotte, Press Release, 6/30/14]
Ayotte Has Voted to Repeal the ACA; More Than 150k Women In New Hampshire Gained Access To Expanded Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 382,000 in New Hampshire. And women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need.  Of the 76 million Americans with expanded access to free preventive services, 29.7 million are women, including 152,000 in New Hampshire receiving expanded preventive services without cost-sharing.” [Department of Health & Human Services, 8/1/13]


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