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My Turn: Republicans’s war on women is a Democratic myth

Republican candidates running for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, including former radio talk show host Jennifer Horn of Nashua, take part in a Nashua forum in Nashua, N.H., Thursday, August 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Republican candidates running for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, including former radio talk show host Jennifer Horn of Nashua, take part in a Nashua forum in Nashua, N.H., Thursday, August 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

In 2012, President Obama won re-election in part by driving a false narrative that Republicans are waging a war on women. It seems that not much has changed in the Democrats’ political playbooks in these last two years, because Democrats nationwide and especially right here in New Hampshire are once again claiming that Republicans are at odds with women.

No one can blame Democrats for trying to repeat past success. But here’s the problem – 2014 is not 2012. Democrats have broken their promises time and time again, and this year Granite State residents are ready to make a change and vote Republicans into office.

One stark contrast between 2012 and 2014? Obamacare. In 2012, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was still promising New Hampshire residents that if they liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor. But in 2014, we know that’s not the case. Obamacare is now a disastrous reality for the Granite State, due largely to Shaheen’s deciding vote for the law.

Because of Shaheen, many New Hampshire residents have lost access to their family doctor, the person who they have trusted to take care of their family for years. Because of Shaheen, many New Hampshire residents have seen their hours reduced at work because their employer can no longer afford to keep them on staff full time due to the regulations required of employers by Obamacare. Because of Shaheen, 22,000 Granite State families have received health insurance cancellation letters because their plans no longer fit the requirements of Obamacare, and their employers can no longer afford to provide the kind of insurance plans that meet Obamacare mandates. Plans that in many cases have coverage requirements that many people simply don’t need or want.

Shaheen alone is not responsible for the failures and burdens of Obamacare. While she was the deciding vote for the legislation in 2009, her colleagues in the House of Representatives, Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster also share the blame. We all want affordable, accessible health care coverage, but New Hampshire families simply cannot afford the cost of this failed policy and Reps. Shea-Porter and Kuster have turned a deaf ear to the people they are supposed to represent, refusing to even hold town halls to answer the questions of families who have lost their coverage altogether.

Granite State families are, unfortunately, facing many economic difficulties today in addition to the burdensome cost of Obamacare. Economic stagnation leaves us with 38,000 unemployed neighbors, a gallon of milk at $3.65, gas at over $3.50 a gallon and the only answer offered by our governor is more government spending, which always leads to the same outcome: higher taxes for all.

Recently Gov. Maggie Hassan led the charge in passing an increase in the gas tax and will sign it into law. This law means one thing for all of us – less money in our pockets.

Under the leadership of Hassan our state’s Rainy Day Fund has dwindled to perilously low levels and our credit rating has been lowered from “stable” to “negative.” The answer is not more taxes and more spending, it is reduced government spending, tax cuts, balanced budgets and sensible contributions to our Rainy Day Fund.

In a country where women start more small businesses than men, and women make the majority of consumer purchase decisions and the majority of health care decisions for their families, it is hard to make the argument that a party that fights for limited, efficient government, lower taxes and free- market health insurance reform is somehow against women. These are the principles that, when translated into policy, lift up the entire community and protect the America of unlimited opportunity that we all hold so dear.

It’s easy to understand how and why New Hampshire Democrats are pursing this narrative – many of the elected officials we are working to replace this year are indeed women. But here’s the truth: We are fighting to elect Republicans to office who will bring about real change that will make the lives to New Hampshire residents better. That Shaheen, Shea-Porter, Kuster and Hassan are women is a non sequitur. They could just as easily be men – our argument would be the same. They aren’t working for New Hampshire, and it’s time for them to go.

(Jennifer Horn is chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.)

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One more thought. Personally, I think the term "Republican war on women" may be a bit hyberbolic, kind of like the alleged "Democratic war on Christmas." I do strongly believe, however, that among a certain sector of conservatives there's a great deal of ignorance, fear, and lack of empathy toward anything that is not white, male, and Christian. These are the folks who get on TV and make stupid statements about things like "legitimate rape" or not wanting to pay for someone else's "fun time." Then they quietly pass laws that limit reproductive rights and health care access, and fail to pass laws that protect women's economic rights.


Men or women who think spending BILLION$$$$ on IRS agents and bureaucrats will improve healthcare haven't the knowledge necessary to succeed in life. The simple fact that Obamacare claims to lower health costs by adding 40 million people to the insurance rolls while increasing not one doctor, only shows how insane Democrats are, whether man or woman.

Seems to me the market will adjust. For example, not everyone needs to see a doctor for every complaint. I think the number of doctors will increase in response to the number of patients, but I think there will be a bigger increase in the numbers of other medical professionals - nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, advanced nurses, etc.

I have a NP, some are good, some will not do certain physical exam tests. Yes, you know what I am talking about. Doctors are more cautious, however, reluctant to prescribe medications. NP's are much more free with the prescription pad.

That was a confusing mess. Trying to use the "failure" of the ACA as proof that there is no war on women was perhaps a doomed thesis from the beginning. I kept waiting for the moment where it all came together and made sense. Never happened.

Just for good measure, she threw the gas tax in there, and we all know that only affects women.

I'm a registered Independent, and one not averse to voting Republican, where merited by candidate/issue, which I've done many times. However, I would not be encouraged to cast a vote for Jennifer Horn based on this cotton candy fluff piece. What an embarrassment.

Again we have the typical load of garden growth enhancer meant to appeal to the non thinkers out there. This letter is filled with the now over used buzz words and catch phrases. The GOP has nothing to be proud of, with years of infighting is it the Tea Party or the GOP. There has been an orchestrated agenda to stymie the President at every turn, since he was first elected. The my way or the highway approach to governing has not gone unnoticed, at last look Congress's approval rating was hovering at 14%. The last thing we need in Washington are more party politics - we need people willing to work for the people, all of the people. In Concord the same rings true, we all stood by with shame as Billy boy put his mark on our legislature. The real issues with the GOP are their history with women's issues, failure to work to fix Obamacare. The GOP needs to focus on real issues instead of making up what they think will sell. We need leadership not word games.

Apparently Ms. Horn isn't aware that her party lost that battle a long time ago. As more and more people sign onto "Obamacare" and get coverage they realize that it isn't the evil "takeover" the republicans have led us to believe. . . or tried to. They had every opportunity to do something about the abuse within the health care industry but failed to address it. Ms. Horn wants to return us to the days of insurance companies refusing to pay for services they were paid to cover. Why they have such a hard time dealing with the fact that now everyone can have access to health care is beyond me.

Why is there a Marland cartoon with this....just for ridicule???

Ms, Horn, methinks thou doth protest too much.

Ms. Horn, I'm confused - what do early problems with the Affordable Care Act have to do with Senator Shaheen helping to get the ACA passed, and what does this have to do with the "Republican war on women"? I'd like to see equal pay for women, which Republican seem to oppose based on their voting records. I'd also like to see our schools do better than they do, but that would take more revenue. I'd also like to see our roads not be quite so lousy, but that too would take more revenue - less than it will cost me to repair the suspension on my car, but more than 'no more taxes.' Your simplistic "less spending" mantra is unrealistic, repetitive, and thoughtless. We do need to think carefully about the money we spend, but spending money is frequently necessary. I like roads that aren't lousy, and so do tourists, who pay taxes so I don't have to. I like schools that can teach effectively, and we won't keep good teachers if we don't pay them well enough to stay and give them the resources they need to reach their students - all of them, special education students included. In short, I don't see anything new in your arguments. I do see something in Democratic planning - thoughtful responses to the needs of citizens. Isn't that the purpose of government?

Or form of Govt is not for it to provide cradle to grave entitlements. Once you learn that you can lead a productive life

Yup, you got it. Safe, well maintained roads are a cradle to grave entitlement; and so are good schools. Talk about soft targets!

umm if you're referring to Social Security as an entitlement for seniors, remember - they paid into that system. It's not and entitlement, it's their money. The government should stop using SS for other than what it was designed for.

Ummm, Ms. Horn, the ACA IS free-market health insurance reform. I guess you didn't notice.

NObamaKare completely voids the economic theory of risk and insurance. If a reader does not know why they may be a LIDV

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