In NH, conservatives seek to score political points on health care
June 5th, 2013
06:34 AM ET
1 year ago

In NH, conservatives seek to score political points on health care

Washington (CNN) – The battle over Obamacare will hit the New Hampshire airwaves Wednesday by way of a new television ad accusing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of supporting a health care law that will financially hurt American families.

Heading into 2014, Republicans are expected to increase their criticism of the health care law - which GOP strategists think will be a winning political issue in the midterm elections.

An official with Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire tells CNN that it will spend $110,000 to run the 30 second commercial on WMUR and cable channels in the state. The conservative group, which describes itself as a proponent of ideas to “create jobs, limit government, lower taxes, and improve the economy,” is classified as a 501(c)4 by the Internal Revenue Service, which allows it to engage in political activity.

“With Skyrocketing healthcare premiums, New Hampshire is already feeling the pain from Senator Shaheen’s deciding vote for Obamacare,” said Mike Biundo, a consultant for the organization. “Unfortunately for Granite Staters, the worst may be yet to come. Because of mandates in Obamacare that could force small businesses to cut their employees’ hours from 40 to 29, harder times for many New Hampshire families could be on the horizon.”

In referencing the “deciding vote” Biundo is pointing to December of 2009 when Shaheen joined all of her Democratic colleagues and the Senate’s two independents to support a procedural vote that allowed the health care bill to move forward in the chamber.

The ad features a family of four dividing one dinner into quarters, because of the costs of implementing the health care law.

Shaheen, who has a 59 percent favorable rating and about $1.5 million in her campaign war chest, has no serious opposition and, as of now, is favored to win another six year term.

Heading into 2014, Republicans are expected to increase their criticism of the health care law – which GOP strategists think will be a winning political issue in the midterm elections.

Critics of health care reform have outspent supporters by a ratio of more than 5:1 since Obama signed the law, according to Kantar Media CMAG, a group that tracks ad spending.

CMAG notes that public opinion has changed relatively little. While more Americans still oppose the law than support it, the spots "may have helped stymie positive sentiment" about Obamacare, according to analysis from CMAG in an email it sent Wednesday morning.

Justin Barasky, a spokesman, for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, argued the GOP's advertising efforts against health care last year "proved to be a failed strategy."

"These blatantly false attacks have already been discredited and rejected by New Hampshire voters. What matters most to voters is Senator Jeanne Shaheen's strong record of fighting for New Hampshire's middle class and small businesses," he said. "Republicans have been unable to recruit a serious challenger so now they've resorted to desperate, worn out attacks."


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Warren

    "Conservatives seek to score political points on health care". Why is this group tax exempt? Looks like the IRS was not doing it's job....

    June 5, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican recessions, republican unnecessary wars, republican unfunded drug programs, huge republican job loss, republicans refusal to back any job programs, republican tax cuts for the wealthy, etc., have really hurt Americans.

    June 5, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  3. quinLee

    "Heading into 2014, Republicans are expected to increase their criticism of the health care law – which GOP strategists think will be a winning political issue in the midterm elections."

    A winning strategy for whom? Poll after poll shows that only about 34% of people are against ACA because they think its bad–mostly due to misinformation. The rest that are against it feel that it doesn't go far enough.

    So who wins? The opposition offers zero alternatives, only misinformation. Why is that?

    June 5, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  4. Minnie Mouse

    Doesn't New Hamshire believe in taking responsibility? Ask yourself this one question for just for the state of New Hampshire, "How many people have pre-existing conditions in your state"? This is a needed law because every has to take care of his or her own health, you have to take of your car by having insurance, take care of you home by having home owners or renters insurance. Yes, everyone hates the costs but the costs are even greater if you don't have these necessities in life. The millions of Americans in all states with pre-existing conditions cannot get the medical help needed without this law and we also do not want caps put on our insurance coverages either, which would apply to everyone. The law is only financially hurting the families in the middle class, because the low income gets assistance and the wealthy already can afford healthcare without it it being a burden upon them. You can't say it's all Americans effected financially because it's not! No one can tell the future, so it's better to be prepared than unprepared by just having health insurance.

    June 5, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA aka Take Back the House aka No Redemption Votes

    The conservative group, which describes itself as a proponent of ideas to “create jobs, limit government, lower taxes, and improve the economy,” is classified as a 501(c)4 by the Internal Revenue Service, which allows it to engage in political activity.
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    501(c)4 is a peversion of the tax code. That being said, Obamacare may be what helped conservatives take the House in 2010, but it won't work this time around. I've got a die hard Teatard with a special needs child who comes to my clinic who was opposed to Obamacare until she realized it helped her child who was being denied from Anthem BCBS because of her pre-existing condition. Now she's all for Obamacare. Go figure. Teatard conservatives hate government so much and then hold up signs at rallies saying "Keep your hands off of my Medicare."

    June 5, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Heading into 2014, Republicans are expected to increase their criticism of the health care law – which GOP strategists think will be a winning political issue in the midterm elections.
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    go ahead and keep at it. This tripe will go over with the sheep in Alabama and Texas but not in a state like NH. The people there actually think independently. Thankfully in 3 or 4 election cycles, Texas will be electing democrats and fossils and fanatics that currently rule will be out

    June 5, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  7. king

    another repub insinuation, when will ONE of their their insinuations come through. all they've been doing for the past 5 years is insinuating insinuating insinuating, and when they start beleiving their insinuations and gut feelings as facts, that where the american people and the media should shut them down, they are pushing thousands of insinuations and not one came to past. repub you've got a horrible record of insinuation, why should the American people believe in another insinuation, after all our country still exist, their is no Armageddon, no catastrophe, and the 1.3 trillion dollars deficit your repub president left us is now down to 700 billion and falling. you guys have said the obamacare will ruin our country, but since healthcare law is 6 percent of our entire economy and our deficit is falling like a rock, i just dont believe that repubs.

    June 5, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |