State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Health Care


Colin Van Ostern: Worked to expand Medicaid

[Delivering his victory speech]: "Together, we will take this next step forward for New Hampshire by bringing and keeping more young people, young families, new businesses and start-ups in our state," Van Ostern said in prepared remarks. "We'll build an economy that works for everyone."

"I want to congratulate Colin Van Ostern on a great victory tonight," said the New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair. "Colin has a record of accomplishment and the vision to keep New Hampshire moving forward. His work to restore funding for Planned Parenthood, to expand Medicaid, to invest in renewable energy projects and to deliver debt-free college make him an exceptional and strong candidate."

Source: Union-Leader on 2016 New Hampshire Gubernatorial debate Sep 13, 2016

Colin Van Ostern: Medicaid Expansion brought coverage to 44,000 N.H. citizens

On the state Executive Council, Colin cast the deciding vote to bring health care coverage to nearly 44,000 New Hampshire citizens -- including addiction treatment services to thousands --by implementing the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Plan (sometimes called Medicaid Expansion).
Source: 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial website VanOstern.com Jul 20, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Other countries cover everyone; why can't we?

Q: Secretary Clinton, you said of Senator Sanders that "It's very hard to see how any of his proposals could ever be achievable."

CLINTON: Senator Sanders and I share big progressive goals. I've been fighting for universal healthcare for many years, and we're now on the path to achieving it. I don't want us to start over again. I want to build on the progress we've made; got from 90 percent coverage to 100 percent coverage. I don't want to rip away the security that people finally have; 18 million people now have healthcare; pre-existing conditions are no longer a barrier.

SANDERS: Let's deal with the comments that Secretary Clinton made. Every major country has managed to provide healthcare to all people and they are spending significantly less per capita than we are. I do not accept that the US can't do that. I do not accept that the US can't stand up to the rip-offs of the pharmaceutical industry which charge us the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Health care for 29 million more uninsured

CLINTON: The Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, I want to improve it. Senator Sanders wants us to start all over again. This was a major achievement of President Obama. It is helping people right now. I am not going to have us plunge back into a contentious national debate that has very little chance of succeeding. Let's make the Affordable Care Act work for everybody.

SANDERS: I am on the Health Education Labor Committee. That committee wrote the Affordable Care Act. The idea I would dismantle health care while we're waiting to pass a Medicare-for-all is not accurate. The Affordable Care Act has clearly, as Secretary Clinton said, done a lot of good things, but, what it has not done is dealt with the fact we have 29 million people today who have zero health insurance, we have even more who are underinsured with large deductibles and co-payments and prescription drug prices are off the wall. So I do believe that in the future, we should have health care for all.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Go from 90% coverage under ObamaCare to 100% coverage

Q: Secretary Clinton, you said of Senator Sanders that "It's very hard to see how any of his proposals could ever be achievable."

CLINTON: Senator Sanders and I share big progressive goals. I've been fighting for universal healthcare for many years, and we're now on the path to achieving it. I don't want us to start over again. I want to build on the progress we've made; got from 90 percent coverage to 100 percent coverage. I don't want to rip away the security that people finally have; 18 million people now have healthcare; pre-existing conditions are no longer a barrier.

SANDERS: Let's deal with the comments that Secretary Clinton made. Every major country has managed to provide healthcare to all people and they are spending significantly less per capita than we are. I do not accept that the US can't do that. I do not accept that the US can't stand up to the rip-offs of the pharmaceutical industry which charge us the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Chris Sununu: Voted against funding Planned Parenthood state contracts

Sununu said he will not change his position against funding two Planned Parenthood state contracts. Sununu cast the deciding vote against two contracts for women's health services in August, amidst a controversy surrounding the posting of a secret video recording of Planned Parenthood officials allegedly discussing the illegal sale of fetal tissue. When voting against the $639,000 in funding, he suggested he was looking to "just take a pause," to gather more information.
Source: Portsmouth-Herald on 2016 New Hampshire governor race Jan 29, 2016

Carol Shea-Porter: Negotiate prices for prescription drugs with manufacturers

Shea-Porter said she continues to be frustrated by gridlock on Capitol Hill. "We need to work with each other," Shea-Porter said.

She cited a stalemate on prescription drugs as a "classic example" of Washington gridlock. She has long supported allowing the federal government to negotiate prices for prescription drugs with manufacturers. "But we weren't able to get that done, and now, the cost of drugs is skyrocketing," she said.

"It is really about reconnecting with the people," she said. "The people of the district do know me and know I've been an advocate. So I don't have to re-introduce myself, but what I do need to do and will do is work as hard as I can and take nothing for granted."

Source: WMUR on 2016 New Hampshire Senate race Sep 23, 2015

Jeanne Shaheen: Ebola: No fear-mongering; maybe a travel ban

The latest efforts to contain and prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States also became a hot topic as Brown said he wants a travel ban to West Africa, while Shaheen said reiterated an earlier comment that she would consider one if it would make a difference. She accused her rival of fear mongering on the Ebola virus, border security and the threat of terrorism posed by ISIS.
Source: NECN-sponsored 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Oct 21, 2014

Scott Brown: Ebola: travel ban to West Africa

The latest efforts to contain and prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States also became a hot topic as Brown said he wants a travel ban to West Africa, while Shaheen said reiterated an earlier comment that she would consider one if it would make a difference. She accused her rival of fear mongering on the Ebola virus, border security and the threat of terrorism posed by ISIS.
Source: NECN-sponsored 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Oct 21, 2014

Bob Smith: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Smith: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Smith: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Scott Brown: ObamaCare's mandate means higher costs and fewer jobs

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown released a new ad highlighting his ties to New Hampshire. His ad attacks Shaheen on ObamaCare's employer mandate.

Brown's ad actually targets ObamaCare, but he spends the first quarter of the new radio ad outlining his connections to the state. "I was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard," he said. "My mom was a waitress at Hampton Beach. My dad, an airman at Pease. I've been a homeowner and taxpayer in Rye for over 20 years. I care about New Hampshire."

He's also made opposition to ObamaCare a central line of attack, and the new ad targets the mandate that businesses of a certain size must provide health care for their employees or pay a penalty. The ad declares the mandate "means higher costs and fewer jobs."

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race May 28, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen: AdWatch: Falsely promised all people could keep insurance

A new Americans for Prosperity 30-second television spot targeting Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for voting for the Affordable Care Act begins airing on WMUR-TV on Jan. 2. The ad buy is around $200,000, and offers similar themes and quotes from news stories that an ad from Ending Spending raised last month.

The narration in the ad points to Shaheen saying, from the Senate floor, that people would be able to keep their insurance if the law was approved, a statement that was deemed the "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact.com. The narration also quotes from new stories noting that many N.H. residents will have to drive long distances for care due to the only out-of-group insurance carrier in the state, Anthem, eliminating coverage from half the hospitals in the state.

Shaheen's campaign launched a fundraising effort, asking supporters to help her "respond right away" to the ad buy: "The Tea Party billionaires spent over $8 million attacking N.H. in 2012 and could spend even more this time."

Source: Concord Patch AdWatch on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Jan 1, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen: No apologies for helping people get affordable insurance

[At a N.H. GOP gathering] Brown tried to focus on Sen. Shaheen and linked her to what he said were fundamental problems with President Obama's health care plan. "Up until it blew up, she was still one of the No. 1 supporters," he said.

"She makes no apologies for trying to help people get affordable health insurance," Shaheen's husband said. And she has called for the White House to extend the enrollment period, saying citizens should not be penalized for the government's botched sign-up process.

Mr. Shaheen also noted that Brown might face questions about health care himself. As a state senator in 2006, he supported Gov. Mitt Romney's health care overhaul in Massachusetts, which was the model for the Obama plan. Brown later argued that the two plans were very different, but enough similarities exist that New Hampshire's conservative voters could question whether he shares their values.

Source: New York Times on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Dec 11, 2013

Scott Brown: Supported RomneyCare in 2006; it's different than ObamaCare

[At a N.H. GOP gathering] Brown tried to focus on Sen. Shaheen and linked her to what he said were fundamental problems with President Obama's health care plan. "What's really at issue is that she really needs to start explaining to people why she was the deciding vote to pass ObamaCare," he said.

"Up until it blew up, she was still one of the No. 1 supporters," he said.

"She makes no apologies for trying to help people get affordable health insurance," Shaheen's husband said. Mr. Shaheen also noted that Mr. Brown might face questions about health care himself. As a state senator in 2006, he supported Gov. Mitt Romney's health care overhaul in Massachusetts, which was the model for the Obama plan. Mr. Brown later argued that the two plans were very different, but enough similarities exist that New Hampshire's conservative voters could question whether he shares their values.

Source: New York Times on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Dec 11, 2013

Karen Testerman: ObamaCare is unaffordable and unworkable

Karen Testerman expressed great disappointment in the president's illegal, partisan, deceptive delay in the enforcement of ObamaCare until after the 2014 elections to protect representatives like Jeanne Shaheen.

"We have already seen that the consequences of this law are dreadful, and Pres. Obama is delaying the damage of ObamaCare until after the 2014 elections."

"The president wants people to vote before they are blindsided by the price of ObamaCare plans, the lack of choice of doctors and hospitals, and the higher deductibles and co-pays-- before they fully realize the unaffordability and unworkability of ObamaCare.

Source: Press release on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Nov 22, 2013

Jeanne Shaheen: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is among 11 Democrats targeted by the Republican National Committee for their support of ObamaCare. The RNC is using robocalls and posting on Facebook to urge people to call their representatives and ask "why they supported President Obama's lie that people could keep their healthcare plans under ObamaCare."

The targets besides Shaheen are Reps. Gary Peters (MI) and Bruce Braley (IA), Sens. Mark Warner (VA), Mark Begich (AK), Dick Durbin (IL), Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), Jeff Merkley (OR), Mark Pryor (AR), and Mark Udall (CO). The robocall script reads:

"President Obama and the Democrats said you could keep your healthcare plan under ObamaCare. Now we know [SENATOR] actually VOTED to make it more difficult. Call [SENATOR] at (XXX)-XXX-XXX & ask why [he/she] lied."

The robocalls are a response to Democrats launching the "GOP Shutdown Watch" campaign, highlighting Republican senate candidates who supported the partial federal government shutdown.

Source: MI Daily Tribune PacWatch: 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Nov 5, 2013

Rick Santorum: Give Medicare same options and opt-out as Congress

Q: Rep. Paul Ryan had a plan where he'd like to move seniors off Medicare, give them a voucher or premium support, and then they would take care of their health care from there. You said seniors should be affected right now, 55 plus, have them affected right now?

SANTORUM: I hear this all the time: "We should have the same kind of health care the members of Congress have." Well, that's pretty much what Paul Ryan's plan is. The members of Congress have a premium support model. So does every other federal employee. The federal government has a whole bunch of different options available. If you want a more expensive plan, you pay more of a co-insurance. If you want a less expensive plan, you don't. But fundamental difference between Barack Obama's: it's whether you believe people can be free to make choices or whether you have to make decisions for them. And I believe seniors, just like every other American, should be free to make the choices in their healthcare plan that's best for them.

Source: Meet the Press 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate Jan 8, 2012

Rick Santorum: Promote Health Savings Accounts as market-based solution

Q: When you voted for a new prescription drug benefit that did not have a funding mechanism, were you advancing socialism?

SANTORUM: Well, I've said repeatedly that we should have had a funding mechanism. In that bill, we had health savings accounts, something I'd been fighting for, for 15 years. We also had Medicare Advantage to transform the entire Medicare system into Medicare Advantage is basically a premium support type model.

Q: Were you advancing socialism, though?

SANTORUM: Medical health savings accounts is an anti-socialistic idea to try to build a bottom-up, consumer-based economy in health care. The same way with Medicare Advantage. And we also structured the Medicare Part D benefit to be a premium support model as a way of trying to transition Medicare. So there were a lot of good things in that bill. There was one really bad thing. We didn't pay for it, we should have paid for it and that was a mistake.

Source: Meet the Press 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate Jan 8, 2012

Ray Metcalfe: Supports universal health care

Source: 2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial website Metcalfe4Senate.com Nov 1, 2008

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