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NH Republicans Attack ObamaCare

Americans for Prosperity “Wrong for New Hampshire” picnic lets potential future candidates focus their campaign messaging.

William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, speaks at an anti-ObamaCare picnic on Aug. 1, 2013. Credit: Tony Schinella
William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, speaks at an anti-ObamaCare picnic on Aug. 1, 2013. Credit: Tony Schinella

CONCORD, NH -- Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire held a picnic at the Statehouse on Aug. 1, targeting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare and potential Republican 2014 candidates got the chance to test out their messaging when it comes to attacking the federal health care program.

In fact, if you didn’t know it was Aug. 1, 2013, you might have thought it was a year later.

George Lambert, a possible gubernatorial contender, and William O’Brien, a 2nd Congressional District prospect, along with State Rep. Pam Tucker, R-Greenland, and State Rep. Jane Cormier, R-Alton, all gave fiery speeches attacking the program. Lambert joked unlike some advocates of ObamaCare – ones that were working on political campaigns in New Hampshire, voted here, and then bolted – most people who paid property taxes were worried about the future costs the program would incur. O’Brien laid out a litany of broken promises that advocates said would happen if the law were approved, including people keeping their own doctors and taxes not being raised. He noted that there were 20 new taxes with the law, raising hundreds of billions of dollars and costing the country at least $1.3 trillion in future debt.

“It’s a law as destructive to personal freedom and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850,” O’Brien said, “that allowed slave owners to come to New Hampshire and seize African-Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to slave states.”

Greg Moore, of AFP-NH, said that everyone in New Hampshire understood that healthcare, before ObamaCare, “was not perfect,” and his organization was involved in offering reforms. But now with implementation, the law, including tax increases that come with it, higher health care costs, and higher costs passed onto employers, would hurt small businesses, he said. Moore called the law “nothing more than a series of broken promises.”

Tucker slammed the plan, including exemptions like the one Maine was getting. She said the federal funding of the plan was “too good to be true.” Tucker said relying on Medicaid would provide “more people, in a family system, with worse services” than they were currently receiving.

“We’re told we can get out of the exchange at any time,” she said. “Have you heard of a government program that’s been discontinued? And once the money is gone, New Hampshire is once again on the hook for paying that program … out of the taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ pockets.”

A handful of universal health care advocates were watching the picnic but the usual signs and counter-protesting was missing from their presence at the event. Later in the day, Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins, sent out a statement saying that AFP was part of “a national conservative campaign to actively discourage people from accessing quality, affordable health care, and they will particularly be targeting young adult men to encourage them to skip health coverage.” She called the activity by AFP “shameful political shenanigans” that will hurt New Hampshire families.

“For years Granite Staters donned ‘I’m a Health Care Voter’ stickers and called on candidates to fix our country’s broken health care system,” Hawkins noted. “President Obama delivered on that promise. Meanwhile Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity and politicians like Bill O’Brien have failed to offer any meaningful ideas and instead continue their partisan path of obstruction.”

Keith F Thompson August 01, 2013 at 07:26 PM
The hyperbole of former Speaker O'Brien is bad enough, but Mr Lamberts comments set me off. They rely on the people of NH forgetting what the 2008 campaign was all about. Every candidate heard from people whose lives had been devestated by catastrophic health crisis' and the financial destruction that brought on. All citizens of NH benefit from the Affordable Care Act already, and Mr Lambert's false allusion to out of state activists and some sort of negative impact to taxpayers is asking people to ignore the truth. Ms Tucker's comment are equally ridiculous. When using government programs to predict how the Affordable Care Act might work, she conveniently fails to cite Medicare or Medicaid, both of which are very successful, and both of which are more efficient than private prigrams.
NH Labor News August 02, 2013 at 06:22 AM
You have a typo. In the quote from Zandra it should be AFP not AFT.
John Edward Royal August 02, 2013 at 07:17 AM
If I can influence their failure I will I am so sick and tired of their obstructionism their lies and misinformation they have cause so much hardship and misery with their policies and determination to disenfranchise the poor and disabled. Knowingly putting them at medical risk that has and will cost New Hampshire citizens their very lives. These men should never hold any position in government or the private sector that has any influence over anyone's lives. They are trying to harm human beings for profit.
John Rowe August 02, 2013 at 09:12 AM
These people need to start their own "colony" somewhere in northern Canada........................
Tony Schinella (Editor) August 02, 2013 at 10:53 AM
TY NHLN :-)
Jozek Niegorol August 02, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Future candidates for what? The annual Twit of the Year Award?
ForThePeople August 31, 2013 at 01:11 PM
So long as the official Republican platform: http://www.gop.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012GOPPlatform.pdf ...endorses bigotry only 10 pages into the document, you can't be a registered Republican without being a registered bigot. Yes, being a Republican makes you an ignorant person by definition.

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