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Friday
Aug222014

NHDP - FACTCHECK: Brown Would Force New Hampshire Seniors to Pay More 

While Brown Wages False Attacks, He Plans to Endanger Medicare, Reopen Donut Hole, Reverse $40 Million in Drug Savings for Seniors
 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would hurt New Hampshire seniors benefitting from the closing of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole, and the $40 million in overall drug savings for seniors. By voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Brown also would also reverse the progress made to increase the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund for an additional 1​3 years.


Meanwhile, Scott Brown and the NHGOP are launching attacks that have been repeatedly fact checked as being completely false, proving Brown is not to be trusted by Granite State seniors.

 
“This much is clear: Scott Brown would force New Hampshire seniors to pay more so the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies could increase profits,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.  “Scott Brown would endanger the Medicare Trust Fund, reopen the donut hole, and ​leave New Hampshire seniors, with higher bills. Granite State seniors can’t afford to pay more for their prescriptions, and they can’t afford Scott Brown."
 
Since 2010, seniors have saved more than $40 million on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In just the first six months of 2014, the average savings per Medicare beneficiary in the donut hole ​was $800. The ACA also is also closing the Medicare Part D “donut hole” by increasing coverage gradually and saving seniors more money each year until the gap in coverage is completely closed in 2020.
 
“Scott Brown is on the side of big insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies. He votes for their interests and they give him hundreds of thousands of dollars — nearly half a million dollars from the drug companies alone — to pay for his campaigns. New Hampshire seniors need a Senator who’s going to protect their interests, not the big corporations,” said McClain. 

 

Fact: Brown’s Claim That Shaheen Voted To Cut Medicare Is Simply False

 
PolitFact: Health Care Did Not “Cut A Dollar Amount From The Medicare Program’s Budget.” “First things first: Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program.” [PolitiFact8/12/12]
 
Factcheck.org: Healthcare Law “Stipulates That Guaranteed Medicare Benefits Won't Be Reduced, And It Adds Some New Benefits.” In June 2012, Factcheck.org wrote that the health care law “stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” They continued: ‘As we have written many times, the law does not slash the current Medicare budget by $500 billion. Rather, that's a $500 billion reduction in the future growth of Medicare over 10 years, or about a 7 percent reduction in growth over the decade. In other words, Medicare spending would continue to rise, just not as much. The law stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” [Factcheck.org, 6/28/12]
 


Fact: Scott Brown Voted For Republican Spending Plan Opposed By AARP Because It Would Force Steep Cuts To Medicare & Social Security

 
July 2011: Brown Voted For Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Bill That Would Force Deep Cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  [Vote 116, 7/22/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]
 
·       Boston Herald:  Cut, Cap and Balance “Would Have Required Cuts Into Programs Such as Medicare and Social Security.” [The Boston Herald, 7/23/11]
 
·       AARP Opposed Cut, Cap and Balance Because It Did Not Shield Social Security and Medicare From “Arbitrary Reductions.”  [AARP Letter, 7/21/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would End the Medicare Guarantee and Slash Services While Giving a Tax Break for the Wealthy. “The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H. J. Res. 1) recently approved by the Judiciary Committee is a masquerade designed to foster the policy choices of the Republican budget: to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and slash vital services while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.  This balanced budget amendment would have dire consequences on the economy, on Medicare and other government guarantees to our citizens, and on Congress’s ability to respond to changing needs.” [Democratic House Committee on the Budget, 6/27/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would Require More Extreme Cuts Than Ryan Budget Plan; Any Budget Passed Under Reagan Would Violate its Structures. “The constitutional balanced budget amendment that the House Judiciary Committee began considering June 2 and is expected to pass next week, is a highly ideological measure that would force Congress to enact the Republican Study Committee’s extreme budget plan or something similar to it. Even the House-passed budget plan of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would not pass muster under the proposal; the more draconian Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget or a close equivalent would be required.” According to the Washington Post, “The 18 percent cap on spending is so severe that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s economic plan would violate its strictures.  So would any budget passed under President Ronald Reagan.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/6/11]

 

Fact: The ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years & New Hampshire Seniors Are Saving On Prescription Drugs & Gained Access To Free Preventive Care Because Of The Law

 
ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years, Through 2030. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/4/14]
 
Seniors In New Hampshire Have Saved $40,381,080 On Prescription Drugs Since 2010. [Department of Health & Human Services, 7/29/14
 
·       15,535 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved Over $13M On Prescription Drugs In 2013 Because Of The ACA, Average Savings Was $843.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
ACA Would Continue To Close Donut Hole Until It Is Completely Closed, Saving Seniors Even More Money. [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
More That 150k Granite State Medicare Enrollees Received Free Preventive Health Services. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

 

Fact: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Is At An All Time High & Premiums Are Down Nearly 10% Since The ACA Became Law

 
Since The Affordable Care Act Became Law, Enrollment In Medicare Advantage Has Increased More Than 30% And Premiums Have Decreased 9.8%. CBO projects that Medicare Advantage enrollment will continue to grow for the next decade. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]
 
·       More Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Than Ever Before. Enrollment increased by nearly 10% from 2012 to 2013, as the program added more than 1 million seniors. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]

  While Brown Wages False Attacks, He Plans to Endanger Medicare, Reopen Donut Hole, Reverse $40 Million in Drug Savings for Seniors
 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would hurt New Hampshire seniors benefitting from the closing of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole, and the $40 million in overall drug savings for seniors. By voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Brown also would also reverse the progress made to increase the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund for an additional 1​3 years.


Meanwhile, Scott Brown and the NHGOP are launching attacks that have been repeatedly fact checked as being completely false, proving Brown is not to be trusted by Granite State seniors.

 
“This much is clear: Scott Brown would force New Hampshire seniors to pay more so the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies could increase profits,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.  “Scott Brown would endanger the Medicare Trust Fund, reopen the donut hole, and ​leave New Hampshire seniors, with higher bills. Granite State seniors can’t afford to pay more for their prescriptions, and they can’t afford Scott Brown."
 
Since 2010, seniors have saved more than $40 million on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In just the first six months of 2014, the average savings per Medicare beneficiary in the donut hole ​was $800. The ACA also is also closing the Medicare Part D “donut hole” by increasing coverage gradually and saving seniors more money each year until the gap in coverage is completely closed in 2020.
 
“Scott Brown is on the side of big insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies. He votes for their interests and they give him hundreds of thousands of dollars — nearly half a million dollars from the drug companies alone — to pay for his campaigns. New Hampshire seniors need a Senator who’s going to protect their interests, not the big corporations,” said McClain. 

 

Fact: Brown’s Claim That Shaheen Voted To Cut Medicare Is Simply False

 
PolitFact: Health Care Did Not “Cut A Dollar Amount From The Medicare Program’s Budget.” “First things first: Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program.” [PolitiFact8/12/12]
 
Factcheck.org: Healthcare Law “Stipulates That Guaranteed Medicare Benefits Won't Be Reduced, And It Adds Some New Benefits.” In June 2012, Factcheck.org wrote that the health care law “stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” They continued: ‘As we have written many times, the law does not slash the current Medicare budget by $500 billion. Rather, that's a $500 billion reduction in the future growth of Medicare over 10 years, or about a 7 percent reduction in growth over the decade. In other words, Medicare spending would continue to rise, just not as much. The law stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” [Factcheck.org, 6/28/12]
 


Fact: Scott Brown Voted For Republican Spending Plan Opposed By AARP Because It Would Force Steep Cuts To Medicare & Social Security

 
July 2011: Brown Voted For Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Bill That Would Force Deep Cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  [Vote 116, 7/22/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]
 
·       Boston Herald:  Cut, Cap and Balance “Would Have Required Cuts Into Programs Such as Medicare and Social Security.” [The Boston Herald, 7/23/11]
 
·       AARP Opposed Cut, Cap and Balance Because It Did Not Shield Social Security and Medicare From “Arbitrary Reductions.”  [AARP Letter, 7/21/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would End the Medicare Guarantee and Slash Services While Giving a Tax Break for the Wealthy. “The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H. J. Res. 1) recently approved by the Judiciary Committee is a masquerade designed to foster the policy choices of the Republican budget: to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and slash vital services while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.  This balanced budget amendment would have dire consequences on the economy, on Medicare and other government guarantees to our citizens, and on Congress’s ability to respond to changing needs.” [Democratic House Committee on the Budget, 6/27/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would Require More Extreme Cuts Than Ryan Budget Plan; Any Budget Passed Under Reagan Would Violate its Structures. “The constitutional balanced budget amendment that the House Judiciary Committee began considering June 2 and is expected to pass next week, is a highly ideological measure that would force Congress to enact the Republican Study Committee’s extreme budget plan or something similar to it. Even the House-passed budget plan of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would not pass muster under the proposal; the more draconian Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget or a close equivalent would be required.” According to the Washington Post, “The 18 percent cap on spending is so severe that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s economic plan would violate its strictures.  So would any budget passed under President Ronald Reagan.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/6/11]

 

Fact: The ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years & New Hampshire Seniors Are Saving On Prescription Drugs & Gained Access To Free Preventive Care Because Of The Law

 
ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years, Through 2030. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/4/14]
 
Seniors In New Hampshire Have Saved $40,381,080 On Prescription Drugs Since 2010. [Department of Health & Human Services, 7/29/14
 
·       15,535 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved Over $13M On Prescription Drugs In 2013 Because Of The ACA, Average Savings Was $843.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
ACA Would Continue To Close Donut Hole Until It Is Completely Closed, Saving Seniors Even More Money. [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
More That 150k Granite State Medicare Enrollees Received Free Preventive Health Services. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

 

Fact: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Is At An All Time High & Premiums Are Down Nearly 10% Since The ACA Became Law

 
Since The Affordable Care Act Became Law, Enrollment In Medicare Advantage Has Increased More Than 30% And Premiums Have Decreased 9.8%. CBO projects that Medicare Advantage enrollment will continue to grow for the next decade. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]
 
·       More Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Than Ever Before. Enrollment increased by nearly 10% from 2012 to 2013, as the program added more than 1 million seniors. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]

 

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 - VIDEO: Scott Brown Tries To Hide Opposition To Increase In Minimum Wage

Brown Employs D.C. Double-Talk to Avoid Answering New Hampshire Voter
 

Franklin, NH—Scott Brown tried to hide his opposition to increasing the minimum wage - not once but twice - at an event in Franklin yesterday.  Brown was confronted twice by a New Hampshire voter who asked if he would support increasing the minimum wage and giving a much deserved raise to more than 110,000 Granite Staters. Both times he tried to hide his opposition by not giving a simple yes or no answer.

“Scott Brown is ducking New Hampshire voters, refusing to answer questions, and hiding his opposition to a responsible increase in the minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown has been cashing in on his Senate candidacy and lining his own pockets with Wall Street cash he collected from speaking to a hedge fund conference. But when it comes to answering New Hampshire's families' questions on the minimum wage, he runs and hides. That makes him wrong for New Hampshire."

The former Massachusetts Senator has a pattern of cashing in on his reputation and Senate candidacy and avoiding straightforward questions.  In May, Brown collected $20,000 for flying to a Wall Street hedge fund conference in Las Vegas. Just a few weeks later, he was forced to resign from the board of a scandal plagued beauty supply company turned weapons manufacturer.  The sketchy penny stock company had used Brown’s stature as a former U.S. Senator to woo investors and its executives had previously been sued for securities fraud.

Last month, when asked about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision by a reporter, he opted to run and hide in a restaurant bathroom rather than talk about his belief that employers should be able to deny women coverage for basic health services.


“New Hampshire can't trust Scott Brown.  Scott Brown is running for Scott Brown and the Big Oil and Wall Street special interests that fund his campaigns,” added McClain.
 

TRANSCRIPT:
 

"AUDIENCE MEMBER: Speaking of struggling working Americans what's your position on increasing the federal minimum wage after all these years?  BROWN: Something I've-- In a prior existence, I supported an increase, that being said - what's the key to an increase in the minimum wage? Well you can't have the Federal government mandating and dictating all the time.  What you need to have is everybody at the table.  You need to have the job creators the people who are actually signing the front of the check at the table.  Now is this something that should be periodically reviewed, absolutely.  I've said that publicly and have felt that.  And as a result of those discussions where everybody was at the table, I actually voted to increase the minimum wage because it was agreed upon by everybody - they worked, they sat, they figured it out.  By mandating and not including our job creators it's not something that is effective.  We need to have not only the employees but the job creators at the table to make determination and if in fact something comes up I hope to be at the table to have that opportunity to be part of that conversation and then we can make the determination as to what's an appropriate amount."  VIDEO
 
"AUDIENCE MEMBER: Can I just follow up, when I asked you about minimum wage you talked about job creators, but we have job creators that have existed for many, many years and the minimum wage hasn't been raised and I'm not, maybe I didn't understand you.  I understood that you that you voted for increasing it in the past but I don't understand what your position is now.  You kind of talked around job creators but you didn't talk about your position on minimum wage.  BROWN: Yeah I did actually.  AUDIENCE MEMBER: Okay I didn't understand it, I'm sorry.  BROWN: Let me say it again.  I actually said that we need job creators and employees at the table to make those decisions so everything's on the table because when you look at the issue of minimum wage what are the challenges right now facing people who actually are hired.  You have right now the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, we have a state profit tax here in our state, you have Obamacare and the tentacles of that and the amazing challenges that are coming in after the election with the business mandate.  And then you throw in the high cost of energy." VIDEO
Thursday
Aug212014

Brown For US Senate - EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR CHRIS SUNUNU ENDORSES SCOTT BROWN

MANCHESTER - Executive Councilor Chris Sununu released the following statement endorsing Scott Brown:

“Senator Shaheen has failed the people of New Hampshire time and again.  From her involvement in the IRS scandal to her prioritizing Obama’s policies over the needs of her own constituents, she continues a pattern of mistrust and abuse that must be stopped. Scott Brown will give New Hampshire its own voice in Washington. Scott Brown has already demonstrated his passion to fight for families and solve problems at the federal level.  I see him at Town Hall meetings engaging voters on a one-to-one basis, and I watch him really connect with people who are just meeting him for the first time.  I would ask all Granite Staters to reach out, talk with him, and support Scott this fall as we begin to put New Hampshire back on the right track.”

Chris Sununu lives in Newfields and is serving his second term on the Executive Council for the third district. He is also the CEO and General Manager of Waterville Valley resort.