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NHDP - Fox's Special On Obamacare In NH Is Tailor-Made For Former Employee Scott Brown 

Special Will Feature The Obamacare Opponent And NH Senate Candidate 

An upcoming Fox News special report promises to expose Obamacare problems in New Hampshire, where the network's former contributor Scott Brown is running for U.S. Senate. The special will feature an interview with Brown, who has declared that "Obamacare isn't working" and called the law a "monstrosity." 

Airing the night of August 8, "Live Free or Die: Obamacare in New Hampshire" promises to chronicle the effect of the Affordable Care Act on New Hampshire residents, such as a doctor who retired rather than deal with health care reform and a "lesbian [who] opts out of Obamacare, questioning why she should pay for reproductive care she doesn't want or need."

Why the focus on New Hampshire? According to the network, in part because the state is "where this year's election will be key to determining which party controls the Senate." This appears to be the first time Fox has run a special focused on a single state since at least 2012.  

Brown himself will participate in the special and promoted it earlier today, tweeting:

Fox is intimately involved with the New Hampshire Senate race, as its former contributor is seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown began teasing his candidacy while still receiving a paycheck from Fox, and recently credited his role on the network with inspiring his campaign for Senate.  

From the start, Brown has focused his campaign on his opposition to Obamacare. His website states that the "people of New Hampshire take pride in individual liberty and freedom. Obamacare demolishes both." He went on an "Obamacare isn't Working" tour and has repeatedly criticized his opponent for voting in favor of the law, which he deemed a "monstrosity" in need of repeal. 

Yet, when it comes to specifics, Brown has endorsed the extension of coverage to people lacking it or with pre-existing conditions, a paradox many, like Washington Post's Greg Sargent, have criticized as "unsustainable." He's refused to give his opinion on New Hampshire's recent decision to expand Medicaid, a move which grants health coverage to at least 50,000 low-income residents. And when asked for his vision of state-based health care reform to replace the ACA, he's offered solutions that sound an awful lot like the ACA (unsurprisingly, as Brown previously supported Romneycare in Massachusetts).

The approach Fox will take with its report on New Hampshire and Obamacare remains to be seen. But the network has invested a lot in Brown's candidacy, and the special's timing and focus suggest a desperate attempt to save Brown from himself.


Shaheen For US Senate - We've Made History!

Friends - I just wanted to make sure you saw this note I sent last week about the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law.

49 years later, the threat to Medicare is very, very real. The Koch Brothers and corporate special interests are fighting every day to turn Medicare into a voucher program. We cannot let that happen.

That's why I'm asking you to add your name and help us get 150,000 grassroots supporters standing up for Medicare.

Thank you,




Begin forwarded message:

From: Jeanne Shaheen
Subject: Medicare at risk
Date: Tues, July 29, 2014

Dear Friends,

Medicare was signed into law 49 years ago this week. Because of that, 49 million Americans are able to afford their prescriptions, see a doctor and get access to life-saving medical care.

But after 49 years, extremists in Congress want to end Medicare as we know it.

That's why we need your help to get 150,000 grassroots supporters standing with me to defend Medicare.

Click here now to join me and my colleagues today in defending Medicare as we know it.

Granite Staters depend on Medicare. If the Koch Brothers and their corporate special interests get their way and turn Medicare into a voucher program, future seniors would be handed a coupon for critical care. And that coupon may not even cover all their needs. That’s simply unacceptable.

That's why I'm asking you to help join this fight to protect Medicare. After 49 years of helping our seniors afford the care they need, this risk to Medicare is very real. This is why we need all hands on deck to this fight.

Add your name TODAY and help us reach our goal of 150,000 supporters fighting to protect Medicare.

I need you in this fight. Future seniors need you in this fight. It's just too important to sit this one out.

Thank you,


ALG's Daily Grind - Everything at stake in Obamacare court fight 


Aug. 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

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NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Says Cashing In on ACA Despite Pledging to Deny Benefits to Granite Staters is About Profits

In Nashua Telegraph Interview, Havenstein “Could Not Recall an Instance” Where He Put Principles Before Profits at SAIC

Manchester, NH – As failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s disastrous tenure at SAIC came under renewed fire this week, Havenstein was pressed to explain how he could reconcile that “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 tohelp make the new health care law a success” (WMUR, Jul 30, 2014).
While offering a tortured defense of his ACA double standard to the Nashua Telegraph, Havenstein “could not recall an instance when either his personal views or those of SAIC’s board of directors affected decisions the company made regarding profitable government contracts” (Nashua Telegraph, July 31, 2014).

“When pressed on how he could pledge to the Koch Brothers that he’d deny the benefits of the ACA to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters after cashing in on the law as CEO of SAIC, Walt Havenstein told us what we already knew: that he puts self-interest and profits before principles,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “But despite Walt Havenstein’s single-minded focus on maximizing SAIC’s profits, the company lost millions of dollars and thousands of jobs as its stock value plummeted by 32% during his disastrous tenure. Now, Walt not only wants to bring his failed leadership to New Hampshire, but wants to deny workers the very benefits he was profiting off of. Granite State voters won't let Walt's greedy mismanagement take the state backwards."
This latest headache for Havenstein comes as Governor Chris Christie made his second trip in six weeks to the Granite State to try to save his handpicked candidate’s sinking campaign. In the wake of revelations that Havenstein profited off the health law he now opposes, Christie abruptly cancelled the only planned media availability during his visit.
Christie’s most recent trip also highlighted the deep tensions within the Republican Party over their dead-heat gubernatorial primary. One Republican consultant told CNN, “Christie's endorsement of Walt Havenstein, our establishment candidate for Governor, could come back to haunt him with conservatives here, many of whom were already a bit skeptical of his record and potential candidacy” (CNN, July 31, 2014). 

“Walt Havenstein’s continued embrace of failed Governor Christie is not only going to hurt him in his dead-heat Republican primary, but it also reinforces to Granite Staters that, like Christie, he would be an economic disaster as Governor,” added Lesswing.

NHDP - Granite State Forward Hosts Senior-to-Senior Phone Banks Across Granite State on Medicare Anniversary 

As Medicare Turns 49, Volunteers Contacted Voters To Remind Them That Democrats Across The State Are Fighting To Protect Medicare and Social Security

Manchester, NH – Yesterday, the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, Granite State Forward, hosted several successful senior-to-senior phone bank events across the state in honor of the 49th anniversary of Medicare.
The phone banks featured New Hampshire seniors calling up other seniors to discuss what is at stake in the upcoming election, like preserving Social Security and Medicare and keeping health care and prescription drug costs down. Participants also generated support for Democratic candidates, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter and the rest of the Democratic ticket.

“I want to help to ensure that we elect leaders with a proven record of protecting Medicare and Social Security so our seniors can retire with dignity and security,” said Barbara J. Jones, Enfield, 68. “That’s why I’m here today calling up my friends and neighbors and telling them why we should re-elect Senator Shaheen, because she and others are standing up for New Hampshire seniors and are committed to preserving Social Security and Medicare.”
Please click here for photos of the recent phone bank events: