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NH Journal: New web campaign questions Shaheen on ‘Obamacare’ employer mandate

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Wednesday, Oct. 22: THE EMPLOYER MANDATE. The conservative issues group Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire says it will begin a “heavy, statewide, online campaign” focusing on the Affordable Care Act employer mandate, which is expected to go into effect next year.


The mandate was delayed by the Obama administration after an outcry from businesses concerned about the requirement to provide insurance to full-time employees.


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, which has been critical of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and other Democratic incumbents throughout the campaign, says Shaheen has been “silent” on the employer mandate issue.


Its new web ad, “Extra Time,” portrays a scenario in which a couple works fewer hours due to an employer cutting hours, and while they have more time for leisure, they have less income and are unable to pay bills, as their cable television and telephone are disconnected..


“Because Sen. Jeanne Shaheen cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, employers may cut work days from eight hours to six to avoid new taxes and penalties, giving you more time to look for that second job.” The ad urges, “Tell Senator Shaheen you can’t afford Obamacare.”


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire spokesman Derek Dufresne said, “While the Obama Administration delayed the employer mandate until 2015, we are now quickly approaching the time when that delay will expire and new action is required to stop the law’s disastrous effects…Remarkably though, Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been silent on how she would address the fact that once the delay expires, many small businesses will still be forced to cut their employees’ work days to avoid new penalties and fees. New Hampshire families simply cannot afford to work less, and many will have to look for additional work, or go without, “ Dufresne said. “It is time for our state’s senior senator to listen to her constituents, recognize her mistake in originally supporting the employer mandate, and finally work towards fully repealing it immediately.”


Click HERE to watch the ad.

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