To The Daily Sun,
I recently attended the debate in Meredith between the candidates for the open Executive Council seat. It is a credit to both candidates that they agreed to meet and discuss their views on issues. The event was very well attended and they both presented themselves well.
However, one of Joe Kenney's responses to a question deserves further explanation.
There has been much discussion about the Executive Council's role in the funding of Planned Parenthood's contract. What Joe Kenney said at the Candidate Forum is factually wrong. Mr. Kenney stated that New Hampshire doesn't need to fund the Planned Parenthood contract because the Affordable Care Act already does so, and New Hampshire's funding would constitute "double dipping." That statement could not be farther from the truth.
The Affordable Care Act's funding to Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire is simply a recognition that New Hampshire refused federal funding for a website to access the Affordable Care Act benefits. Without that state-sanctioned access, the federal government agreed that Planned Parenthood of New England could provide the access point for individuals seeking to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and signed a contract for that purpose alone.
Joe Kenney is simply against the Affordable Care Act even though it has already afforded many of us in the Granite State access to invaluable health insurance benefits. He is also against Planned Parenthood which makes cancer screenings and access to birth control affordable for countless New Hampshire women. Joe Kenney is misleading the public on this issue.
We cannot elect an Executive Councilor who would mislead his constituents.
Please vote for Mike Cryans for Executive Councilor on March 11.