To The Daily Sun,
On New Hampshire Public Radio, Carol Shea-Porter, whose only solution to failing government programs is more government, proposed a massive federal takeover of the health care system to fix Obamacare, the president's failing insurance scheme, which she once called a "great joy and a triumph."
Among many other of her broken promises to Granite Staters, Shea-Porter once promised that "reform" would save us money. But on NHPR and also NH-1 recently, she bragged Obamacare plans will increase only five percent next year.
It sounds as if she's jumping for joy that health care costs for middle-class families and small businesses are rising less in New Hampshire. Shea-Porter's excuses obscure the true cost of Obamacare's most common plan.
According to the Department of Health of Human Services, the average 40-year old will pay 25 percent more. In some parts of the country, the figure could exceed 100 percent.
Greater taxpayer subsidies will cover rising costs, says Shea-Porter. So Granite Staters — both the consumer and taxpayer — will take a double hit for these premium spikes. And the administration is urging those who can't afford higher prices to switch plans, another broken promise.
As Democrats rushed ahead with Obamacare, President Obama famously promised, "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan." Initially, 22,000 Granite Staters initially lost their insurance plans. Many lost them when a federally subsidized co-op fled New Hampshire's exchange recently.
Most co-ops have failed already. Major insurers are exiting the centralized system, because customer sign-ups are half as many as government "experts" predicted. Could it be that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber — who called Americans "stupid" for believing his fabrications — isn't as smart as he thinks?
Big Government liberals like Shea-Porter and Shawn O'Connor, a Bernie Sanders enthusiast running as an Independent in the First District, now want us to believe a total federal monopoly — the so-called "single payer" health system — is the cure for what ails Obamacare.
And they're willing to bet house money — your money — on another scheme destined to fail. However, there has always been a better way to help Granite Staters access affordable health care, the reason our Congressman Frank Guinta voted to repeal and replace Obamacare numerous times.
Instead, Guinta, a Republican, supports a patient-centered system with plenty of options, where competition among carriers naturally lowers consumer prices. He voted against insurance company bailouts and helped to prevent Obamacare's 40-percent tax on employee health benefits, as well as a medical device tax that would halt innovation. What kind of health care reform taxes technology that saves lives!
Both reforms passed Congress on a bipartisan basis. There are others to further reduce costs, such as flexible, tax-exempt health savings accounts. Allowing competition across state lines. Eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse to save taxpayers billions of dollars. Tort reform to end frivolous lawsuits, which also raise consumer prices.
Community health centers provide excellent care for uninsured and under-insured Granite Staters at a lower cost to the public. Block grants to states is yet another solution in a long list that Democrats like Shea-Porter, when they passed Obamacare on a party-line vote in 2010, should have considered. O'Connor also supports a total federal health care takeover.
Frank Guinta listens to his constituents. As Manchester's mayor, he worked with local unions to save city employees' health insurance plans and taxpayer money — why two police unions have endorsed his campaign to represent the First District. In the next Congress, he will continue his work to achieve true health care reform, which improves cost and quality for all, and has my vote on Election Day.
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