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August 12. 2014 9:46PM

Brown, in Nashua, blasts Obamacare

NASHUA — Senate Republican hopeful Scott Brown said the Affordable Care Act, which he wants to repeal, will result in heavy burdens for businesses over the next year.

“The business mandate is coming into effect after the election,” Brown said Tuesday at a town hall-style meeting in Nashua focusing on “Obamacare.”

Brown called it one of the largest pieces of legislation in his lifetime that was “rammed through on a partisan basis” and that had to be repealed.

Not everyone in the audience of about 45 people agreed.

Britt Hatch of Nashua said the Affordable Care Act served her family well. She asked Brown why Congress would want to repeal or gut Obamacare, when it could be reformed instead.

Brown, a former Massachusetts senator now living in Rye, has said public opposition to “Obamacare” inspired him to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. Employers, he said, are worried about keeping their work forces at levels to lessen the impact of the law.

Brown, as other Republicans vying for their party nomination for Senate have, criticizes the narrow insurance network in New Hampshire for creating fewer health care options.

In Nashua, he compared the law to the bureaucratic disfunction of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“When I look at the VA, I see Obamacare in a couple of years,” he said.

Hatch, who says she will likely support U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she came to the meeting to question Brown on the act and raise a point about Republicans who have worked to stymy the law.

“So much energy was spent trying to repeal it over and over,” she said after the meeting.

dtuohy@unionleader.com


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