By Kimberly Morin
Yesterday, Senator Jeanne Shaheen posted a homemade video of herself talking to “constituents” in New Hampshire about the failure of the senate to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. After ignoring her constituents for the past eight years, Shaheen suddenly wants them to believe she’s working for them.
In her video, she thanked the three Republican Senators who actually caused the bill’s defeat – John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). This is a bit ironic since the New Hampshire Democrat Party issued a statement in which Chairman Ray Buckley credited Shaheen and Senator Hassan for defeating the bill. Of course, it’s simply not true.
Suddenly Shaheen cares what constituents think?
Shaheen claims she’s suddenly listening to the stories of Granite Staters when it comes to their healthcare:
Thank you to all of you, for the thousands of you who sent letters, who made calls, who talked to your social networks. Who said, this is not the right direction for America. Your willingness to tell your stories. Your willingness to reach out, made all the difference in defeating this awful healthcare proposal.
Shaheen goes on to claim she wants to work together to fix the Obamacare disaster that she voted for and finally admits there are issues with it:
Now the challenge is we’ve got to work together, we’ve got to address what needs to be fixed about the Affordable Care Act and keep what’s working so that we can provide healthcare to all of the people who need it. And so, we can address costs that are presenting a real problem.
The senate, including Shaheen, voted to pass Obamacare on Christmas Eve night in 2009 while families around the state were celebrating. This was after months of a majority of her constituents made it know they were completely against the passage of the legislation. Their emails and calls, thousands of them, didn’t seem to matter back then.
Shaheen lied and ignored constituents
After Obamacare was implemented and it was discovered that Obama, Democrats and Shaheen had lied about savings for families; keeping the health plans they liked; keeping their doctors and even keeping their hospitals, Shaheen didn’t apologize to her constituents, she shut them down.
Shaheen refused to hold town halls to hear the stories of Granite Staters who could no longer afford healthcare thanks to her vote for Obamacare. She completely disregarded the lies she told her own constituents and wanted nothing to do with the abject failure of Obamacare.
Shaheen did nothing to fix Obamacare
Over the past 7 years since Obamacare was passed, while people have been suffering with unaffordable premiums; less choices; outrageously high deductibles and the inability to actually afford healthcare, neither Shaheen nor Democrats did anything to fix the problems. She did absolutely nothing to resolve the many issues with Obamacare that were hurting her very own constituents. Why? Because Obama was still in office. Obamacare is his failed legacy.
Shaheen has been fighting against the Republican’s repeal of Obamacare through obstruction yet suddenly yesterday she decides she wants to work to fix the dumpster fire she created? She hasn’t offered any ideas to fix her mess for years and she still refuses to listen to constituents that have been hurt under Obamacare.
Is it because she doesn’t want to be seen as the true partisan that she really is? Or because she doesn’t want Granite Staters to know that she really doesn’t care about issues that affect them unless her party bosses give her the green light? New Hampshire Democrats are in trouble because they have nothing to offer voters, Shaheen continues to prove why.