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Did Carol Shea-Porter and Jeanne Shaheen know 22,000 Granite Staters would lose their health insurance, but mislead them anyways?

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On Monday, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released a video we uncovered from 2010 where Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) said: "It's our job to say, if you have insurance, and your employer covers you, it's not going to change."
- Rep. Shea-Porter, 2010    


Video of Rep. Shea-Porter's comments can be found here in our web video.


In August 2009, according to the Union Leader, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said during a telephone town hall: "But under every scenario that I've seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it." The Union Leader also reported on other instances where she made similar statements.

Also according to the Union Leader, last evening, "Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield NH informed 22,000 of its 30,000 individual health insurance holders their current policies will be discontinued at the end of the year because they will not comply with Affordable Care Act requirements beginning Jan. 1."  

On Sunday, the Union Leader reported on the anticipated release of our video we released Monday on Rep. Shea-Porter. The reporter "asked Shea-Porter's office for a comment on [our] charge Friday, but did not receive one." 

The Union Leader has also reported that Sen. Shaheen had "no immediate comment when asked what she based her 2009 comments on."

Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"With new information from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield NH affirming that 22,000 Granite Staters will be losing their current healthcare plans as a direct result of Obamacare, we are once again asking Rep. Carol Shea-Porter whether she deliberately mislead New Hampshire residents in 2010 about her vote for the failing law. We are also asking Sen. Shaheen why she won't apologize for what we now know were false statements in 2009.

"Granite Staters deserve to know: In 2010, did Rep. Shea-Porter specifically say those covered by their 'employer' would not lose their insurance because she knew the fate of these 22,000 Granite Staters who would be having their plans canceled? Did Sen. Shaheen, like President Obama, tell false truths about Americans being able to keep their current insurance plans under Obamacare? At least 22,000 Granite Staters deserve answers - and Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter's refusal to comment on their previous statements is not the New Hampshire way."

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