Shea-Porter labels as 'false' new GOP radio ad hitting her on ACA support
"Washington Republicans should take down their misleading attack ads and stop frightening Granite Staters who hold individual policies from Anthem, because they can indeed renew their policies and keep their current doctors and hospitals," said Shea-Porter spokesman Ben Wakana.
The 60-second ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which began airing on Tuesday, depicts a woman whose husband has lost his insurance policy because Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the lone New Hampshire ACA network provider, includes only a portion of the state's hospitals. The ads says Shea-Porter, like President Barack Obama, broke a promise that under the ACA, those who like their existing health insurance plans could keep them. (See earlier story below.)
The Shea-Porter spokesman said she "worked this out" with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield last month: "New Hampshire residents who hold individual policies from Anthem have until Dec. 16 to renew their current policies and keep their hospitals and doctors in 2014.
"In fact, under the Affordable Care Act, families in a situation like the one depicted in this ad no longer face lifetime limits on coverage, they won't suffer from bankruptcy due to overwhelming medical bills, and they can't be kicked off their insurance or kept from getting insurance because of illness," Wakana said.
"Washington Republicans should stop trying to take people's insurance away and start working to improve the Affordable Care Act."
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Marc Brumer said, "This new attack is just more proof that Republicans, including (1st District U.S. House seat candidates) Frank Guinta and Dan Innis are on a vicious mission to repeal the Affordable Care Act and go back to a broken system that was leading hardworking Granite Staters into bankruptcy."
MANCHESTER — The National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday will begin airing a radio ad accusing Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of breaking a promise on the Affordable Care Act.
In the 60-second NRCC ad, a woman says her sick husband's health insurance plan no longer exists "because of Obamacare" and his new policy "doesn't cover the hospital where my husband is being treated."
The NRCC says that Shea-Porter, like President Barack Obama, promised that under the ACA, those who liked their current health insurance plans and doctors could keep them.
The NRCC ad buy is $21,000 and is part of a larger $50,000 buy also targeted at two other Democratic incumbent House members, Scott Peters of California and Nick Rahall in West Virginia, according to GOP sources.
The new ad is the second by the NRCC focused on Shea-Porter and the ACA. The first was in October and also focused on 2nd District Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster.