New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte slammed her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, for supporting Obamacare in a state where health insurance costs have risen dramatically in recent years in an ad released Tuesday.
The advertisement, titled, “Unaffordable,” features residents of the Granite State talking about the hardships they’ve faced since the Affordable Care Act’s implementation — including higher premiums and the loss of insurance options.
“Our costs have gone up by 47 percent,” one New Hampshirite says, followed by another saying that “it’s [Obamacare] left her uninsured and unable to afford insurance.”
The video goes on to blast Hassan for her praise of the legislation when even former President Bill Clinton, the husband of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, said it’s a “crazy” system.
In the wake of Maine-based insurance company Community Health Options’ announcement that it’s pulling out of New Hampshire’s exchange in September, 11,000 people in the state have been left to find new insurance plans.
Hassan argues that there are things which need to be fixed in the president’s landmark health care legislation, but disagrees with the idea of repealing and replacing the law.
The 30-second television spot comes just one day after the White House confirmed premiums will rise by double digits in 2017.
Ayotte and Hassan are in one of the closest Senate races in the country, with the latest UMass/Amherst/WBZ poll showing the candidates within the margin of error.
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