National Republicans, viewing New Hampshire senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen as increasingly vulnerable in light of Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, are targeting a Democrat-backed proposal to exempt labor union healthcare plans from a tax that is supposed to be universal under the new law.
From a National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) release:
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) promised middle-class Granite Staters that ObamaCare is a good deal, yet individual health insurance costs could increase nearly 37% and thousands are losing healthcare plans they like.
But a Wall Street Journal story makes clear that Shaheen did keep her promise to some: The unions who’ve donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign.
While Granite Staters’ wallets are hit with the threat of a “fee per head [of] $63” thanks to another hidden ObamaCare cost, Democrats have “suggested..[granting] a waiver for some insurance plans [on this] tax”, specifically union plans.
Isn’t that nice! Jeanne Shaheen has managed to fill her campaign coffers with $795,850 in union contributions, while supporting an Administration that protects those union buddies from an ObamaCare tax. The Wall Street Journal makes clear, “there’s no conceivable rationale—other than politics—for releasing union-only plans from a tax that is defined as universal in the Affordable Care Act statute.”
“Jeanne Shaheen sold out middle-class Granite Staters with her deciding vote on ObamaCare, but Democrats are working overtime to protect their union buddies from the disastrous law,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “Granite Staters need someone who will put their interests before special interests and Jeanne Shaheen has shown once again that she can’t be trusted to do so.”
Recent polling shows that Shaheen ahead by low single digits in some hypothetical head-to-head match-ups, including against former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.