Portsmouth Herald: Anti-'Obamacare' rally coming to New Castle
By Joey Cresta
NEW CASTLE — A conservative group concerned with protecting economic freedom will be holding a rally in town as part of its “Wrong for New Hampshire” campaign against the Affordable Care Act.
The rally will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Great Island Common at 301 Wentworth Road (Route 1B). It is one of a series of events Americans for Prosperity — New Hampshire is hosting to bring attention to what it says are flaws in the implementation of the national health care overhaul.
Greg Moore, the state director of AFP — N.H., said the group is hosting the events “to ensure that more New Hampshire residents understand how this poorly designed and poorly executed law will impact their lives and their health care.”
“The implementation of ‘Obamacare’ has been a disaster. We plan to continue our efforts to ensure that the public knows the consequences of this seriously flawed law,” he said.
Moore and the AFP have criticized the Affordable Care Act, saying it is resulting in everything from cuts in services to higher premiums and doctor shortages.
The Affordable Care Act passed into federal law in 2010. Its main purpose is to expand access to health insurance, although Moore argues it will not increase anyone’s access to health care.
As of November 2012, some parts of the law are already in effect. Health insurers must allow dependents under the age of 26 to be covered on their parents’ policies; insurers may not deny or cancel coverage to children under age 19 based on their medical condition; and preventive care, such as physicals and mammograms, must be fully covered with no out-of-pocket cost to the insured, among other provisions already in effect.
Most of the rest of the law is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. At that time, everyone who is determined able to afford health insurance must buy a plan or pay a tax penalty.