NRCC radio ad targets Rep. Shea-Porter over Obamacare; she calls attack false
Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter represents one of the nation’s swingiest swing districts, and the National Republican Congressional Committee is trying to soften her up even as Frank Guinta and Dan Innis gear up for a contested GOP primary in the 1st District.
The NRCC today began airing a 60-second radio ad featuring a woman who says the health plan used by her and her sick husband was dropped by their insurer, and replaced with a new plan that doesn’t include their local hospital.
“Over a third of New Hampshire’s hospitals are not covered through Obamacare,” a male voice intones. “That’s not what the president and Carol Shea-Porter promised.”
The Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield plans available through the new insurance marketplace use a “narrow network” that doesn’t include 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals.
Shea-Porter cried foul, noting that Anthem’s individual-plan customers in New Hampshire can renew their current plans for 2014.
“This ad is false,” spokesman Ben Wakana said in a statement. “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.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hit back, too.
“This new attack is just more proof that Republicans including 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,” said DCCC spokesman Marc Brumer in a statement. “It only underlines how Republicans, Guinta and Innis have made it their top priority to take New Hampshire back to a time when insurance companies had unrestricted authority to hike costs, deny care, and drop coverage.”
The $21,000 ad buy was split between the Manchester and Portland, Maine, markets, and it will air until Dec. 18, according to NRCC spokesman Ian Prior.
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