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Despite casting the deciding vote for it, Senator Shaheen admits parts of Obamacare "aren't working"

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Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire caught up with New Hampshire's Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Vermont this weekend where we asked her about the negative effects Obamacare will have on small businesses and their employees. In December of 2009, Senator Shaheen cast the deciding vote for Obamacare.[1]

Senator Shaheen was specifically asked about the concern many small business owners have with regards to the requirements Obamacare puts on employers to pay for health insurance for their employees.  If they don't, they are forced to pay a penalty and could result in fewer hours and less wages for employees[2]


Senator Shaheen responded to the question with "I think we will continue to look at what's working in the law and make changes where it's not working."




Kristin Beaulieu, Director of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"From increased premiums to small business owners who are now faced with the concern of having to cut employee hours by 25% to afford to stay in business, Senator Shaheen knows Obamacare isn't working. Because Senator Shaheen cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, hardworking New Hampshire families could now be faced with having their hours cut - and fewer hours, means less money to provide for their families."


"Granite Staters deserve answers. Call Senator Shaheen at 603-647-7400 and ask her if she knew there were problems in Obamacare, then why did she cast the deciding vote for it?"

[1] HR 3590 Vote 385 12/21/09, HR 3590 Vote 296 12/24/09

[2] Union Leader 10/17/12

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