Both the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) launched attacks at New Hampshire Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen during the past week, indicating that the 2014 campaign is beginning to heat up.
On Thursday, the NRSC released data on the number of Granite State women who are facing dropped policies and rising premiums:
[N]ot only will healthy women see their premiums skyrocket increasing by 169 percent or about $127 per month, but as many as 61,000 women across the state in the individual insurance market stand to lose their health insurance.
The NRSC highlighted a quote from a 2009 Shaheen press release, in which the Senator said, “The health care plan we are working on in Congress will let people keep their doctor and their insurance plan if they like it, expand coverage options for people that need it, and stabilize costs for families, businesses and our economy.”
Also hitting Shaheen on Obamacare was the RNC, launching robocalls on Monday targeting eleven Democratic Senators, including Shaheen, who voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
“We now know the President’s repeated promise that Americans could keep their insurance plans if they liked them was a blatant lie,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “In 2010 President Obama and the Democrats were warned about this very issue and deliberately chose to make it more difficult for Americans to keep their insurance. Americans should call their representatives and ask why they supported the ObamaCare lie.”
Republican sources indicate that Obamacare’s “disastrous” rollout and resulting unpopularity could put Democratic incumbents like Shaheen that were previously considered tough to beat into a more vulnerable position heading into the 2014 midterm elections.