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We'll have Shea-Porter & Shaheen to thank for higher premiums

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To the editor,
We have Rep. Shea-Porter and Senator Shaheen to thank for higher health care premiums. Both Shea-Porter and Shaheen voted to implement Obamacare. I am assuming they read the law before they voted. So, my question is why did they vote for the Medical Device Tax? This tax is on heart valves, insulin pumps, and thousands of other products. It is estimated that there are over 50 medical device manufacturers in New Hampshire that will be taxed on their sales not their profit.
The tax could affect animal care. Senator Shaheen wanted to have President Obama to delay the implementation of the tax until after the 2014 elections. Naturally, both Senator Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter are up for reelection in 2014. In a vote on the budget, the Senate agreed to repeal the medical device tax. However, this vote is a non-binding amendment that means nothing.
Recently, it was revealed that there is an Obamacare fee (tax) of $63 per person to begin in 2014. This tax is to cover the cost of people with pre-existing conditions. This tax has significant consequences for large employers. Once again, why did they vote for this tax?
Recent actuarial studies have indicated that premium for health care could increase on average by 32 percent.
We have an opportunity to vote out Senator Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter in 2014.
Jim Mayotte