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Americans for Prosperity Disappointed as U.S. Reps. Shea-Porter and Kuster Fail to Vote to Repeal ObamaCare

May 16, 2013

MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) is expressing their disappointment in U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster for failing to support legislation in the U.S. House that would have repealed ObamaCare.  H.R. 45, a bill that would repeal ObamaCare, was passed by the House tonight 229 to 195.  Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) voted to pass ObamaCare in 2010, while Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02) had not voted on the issue previously.  Both Shea-Porter and Kuster voted against H.R. 45 tonight.

“Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster had the opportunity to vote to repeal ObamaCare by supporting H.R. 45.  Sadly, for the hard working families and businesses of New Hampshire, they chose not to do so.  Instead, they chose to keep what the author of ObamaCare called a ‘train wreck’ in place,” said Greg Moore AFP-NH State Director.  “ObamaCare will lead to increased taxes, higher insurance premiums and more unelected bureaucrats involved in our personal health care decisions.”

When the law was first proposed, advocates insisted that it would “only” cost $1 trillion over the next decade.  According to recent CBO estimates, the gross cost of the law is now up to $1.68 trillion. In addition, the law includes a number of tax hikes that could prove damaging to the economy, including the 3.8 percent surtax on investment income for high earners and the 2.3 percent tax on gross sales of medical devices. The law also imposes new burdens on employers, such as requiring businesses with more than 50 full-time workers to provide affordable health insurance or pay a penalty, as well as a new tax on those who do not have a health insurance plan that meets the mandates of the federal government.

“The more we learn about ObamaCare, the more expensive and onerous it becomes.  More federal dollars spent, more taxes put on the backs of hard-working families and businesses, more unelected bureaucrats in charge of and monitoring our health care choices,” added Moore. “It is disappointing that Reps. Shea-Porter and Kuster would vote to allow these burdens to be placed upon the working families and businesses in our state all for the cause of bigger government.”

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