Senator Shaheen refuses to address concerns that Obamacare-related premiums are likely to double in New Hampshire
(March 20, 2014) - Yesterday, The Hill released an article titled O-Care premiums to skyrocket where the news source reports that health industry officials are saying, "Obamacare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country." These expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months.
The article continued by stating, "areas of the country with older, sicker or smaller populations are likely to be hit hardest." New Hampshire is obviously one of the smallest states in the nation, but data also shows that our state is ranked at the very top of the list when it comes to aging populations.
These concerns from highly regarded health industry officials should be a top issue for our legislators, particularly Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster who voted for and continue to support Obamacare. However, none of the three aforementioned representatives said anything about it yesterday.
Considering how important this issue will be for Granite Staters, and since she refuses to hold Town Hall meetings to discuss it with them, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire tried on multiple occasions throughout the day to ask Senator Jeanne Shaheen her thoughts on yesterday's article in The Hill. However, when asked about it, she refused to comment every time.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"Yesterday's report on likely Obamacare-related premium hikes paints a grim picture for countless Granite State families. As a result of our state's size and aging population, New Hampshire residents, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet, are most likely to feel the brunt of even more problems related with this failing law.
"Considering Senator Shaheen cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, she owes New Hampshire residents an explanation on why she continues to stand by it and how she will work to protect her constituents from premiums that could actually double in cost. We are extremely disappointed that our state's senior senator doesn't have, or refuses to give, an answer to these questions. We call on her to address them immediately."