By Kimberly Morin
Last night NH1 News held a debate between the candidates for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. Despite Democrats and their candidate Carol Shea-Porter trying to keep Independent (progressive) Shawn O’Connnor out of the debate, Republican Frank Guinta pushed for him to be included. The three candidates debated for an hour but what really stood out was that Shea-Porter continued her egregious lies about Obamacare.
Recall that Shea-Porter voted for Obamacare against the wishes of her constituents when she was still in office back in 2008. She not only lied about Obamacare but actually had the nerve to lie that it was passed in a bipartisan fashion, it was not. Only Democrats shoved Obamacare down the throats of unwilling Americans. Shea-Porter was one of its biggest supporters.
Shea-Porter specifically made promises she knew wouldn’t be kept when she voted for Obamacare. From the Nashua Telegraph:
“If you like your coverage, you can keep it. If you have Medicare or TRICARE, you will keep it. If you have insurance through your employer, you will keep it. This legislation will improve coverage and lower costs for people who already have insurance, and it will provide access to affordable coverage for those who don’t,” Shea-Porter wrote in a statement.
Facts prove Shea-Porter lied about Obamacare
Shea-Porter even lied to her constituents that Obamacare was a bi-partisan bill during one of the few town hall meetings she ever held. Obamacare was voted into law by Democrats and Democrats only. It was literally shoved down the throats of the entire country by one party, the Democrat Party.
As most Granite Staters now know, Shea-Porter lied to them about Obamacare. Thousands of New Hampshire residents not only lost their health plans and doctors but they even lost the hospitals they could use for healthcare. On top of that, health care premiums have risen by ridiculous amounts every year as well as out-of-pocket costs and deductibles. Many people now pay more for health insurance than their rent or mortgages. And Shea-Porter forced them to purchase health insurance by voting for Obamacare.
Last week, Townhall reported the insane increases in Obamacare premiums across the country for 2017. Once again, people will be forced to pay increased premiums, along with higher deductibles and out-of-pocket healthcare costs. There is absolutely nothing affordable about the “Affordable Care Act,” as was predicted.
During the debate Shea-Porter claimed the increases for New Hampshire residents under Obamacare this year would only be 5%. That is a lie. According to the report above, Granite Staters will see increases anywhere from 10% to 19%. This is on top of the increases they’ve seen every single year since Obamacare was implemented.
According to another report, when healthcare.gov opened today for consumers to browse for plans, some plans will be increased on AVERAGE by 25% which means some plans will increase far above that percentage. There are also far less choices now because health insurers across the country have pulled out of the exchanges due to losing millions of dollars.
This doesn’t even include the increases that people are going to see in the private sector. Health insurers who are in the private sector as well as the exchanges will push some of that increase onto those who purchase private insurance such as employer provided in order to make up for some of the costs. Obamacare has been hurting the middle class, small business and the economy. Everything that is opposite of what Shea-Porter claimed when she helped shove it through.
Shea-Porter doesn’t belong in D.C.
Shea-Porter doesn’t belong anywhere near Washington D.C. Not only has she not redeemed herself for her lies about Obamacare when she voted for it, she’s doubling down on her lies. Granite Staters are hurting because of Obamacare. Many people are paying more for their health insurance premiums than they are for their rent or mortgages!
Shea-Porter also claimed that a majority of people now have health insurance, another lie. Millions of people are still uninsured and those who have health insurance cannot even afford to get healthcare because they can’t afford the extreme out-of-pocket costs and high deductibles thanks to Shea-Porter’s mandates.
New Hampshire can’t afford another two years of Carol Shea-Porter pretending to represent them in the 1st Congressional District. Not only did Shea-Porter ignore constituents while in office and refuse to hold town halls but she lied to each and every one of them. It was quite clear from the debate that Shea-Porter feels absolutely no sympathy for hurting the people she was supposed to represent but she’s going to continue lying right to their faces. New Hampshire deserves better.