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Democratic Weekly Address | Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Washington, D.C. ‚Äď Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire delivered the Weekly Democratic Address.

 

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HELLO, I AM JEANNE¬†SHAHEEN,¬†SENATOR FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.¬†I HAVE WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE¬†TO¬†GET THINGS DONE FOR EVERYDAY¬†AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.¬†PEOPLE HAVE NO¬†HIGHER¬†PRIORITY THAN SECURING¬†ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE.¬†THAT IS A¬†BIG REASON WHY THE DEMOCRATS¬†IN¬†CONGRESS THOUGHT TO PASS THE¬†AFFORDABLE CARE¬†ACT.¬†NEARLY 23 MILLION AMERICANS¬†HAVE GAINED HEALTH COVERAGE¬†TAKES TO¬†THIS¬†LAW, AND¬†WE HAVE¬†CUT TO THE UNINSURED¬†PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION¬†BY ALMOST HALF.PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING¬†CONDITIONS CAN NO LONGER BE DENIED¬†COVERAGE OR¬†CAUSED — CHARGED SKY HIGH¬†PREMIUMS.THE¬†LAW IS A CRITICAL TOOL¬†IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC.¬†MILLIONS¬†OF PEOPLE WITH¬†SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS IN NEW¬†HAMPSHIRE AND OTHER STATES HIT HARD¬†BY THIS CRISIS HAVE BEEN ABLE¬†TO GET LIFESAVING TREATMENT FORTHE¬†FIRST TIME.¬†BUT ALL¬†OF THESE¬†GAMES ARE NOW AT¬†RISK. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS¬†HAVE TRIED¬†REPEATEDLY TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.¬†THEY FAILED, BUT¬†THEY FOUND OTHER WAYS TO WEAKEN¬†IT AND SABOTAGE THE LAW.¬†PRESIDENT TRUMP¬†HAS REPEATEDLY¬†FOUND¬†CONFUSION —¬†SOWED CONFUSION,¬†PLANNING TO LET OBAMA CARE¬†FAILED.¬†HE¬†REFUSES TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS TO KEEP¬†HEALTH¬†INSURANCE AFFORDABLE. HE HAS¬†ALLOWED INSURANCE TO SELL JUNK HEALTH¬†PLANS WITH SKIMPY¬†COVERAGE,¬†DRIVING UP RATES FOR EVERYONE.¬†THESE JUNK PLANS ONCE AGAIN¬†ALLOW INSURERS¬†TO DENY COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING¬†CONDITIONS.¬†THIS IS ESPECIALLY SHAMEFUL, THE WAY THE¬†TRUMP¬†ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO KEEP AMERICANS¬†IN THE DARK I¬†CUTTING¬†ADVERTISING TO INFORM CONSUMERS¬†ABOUT THE OBAMACARE¬†ENROLLMENT PERIOD.¬†THESE ACTIONS HAVE TAKEN TO¬†DESTABILIZE THE MARKET.¬†HEALTH INSURERS HAVE NO CHOICE¬†IN¬†THE WEEKS AHEAD¬†OF TO SHARPLY¬†INCREASE PREMIUMS.¬†THIS WILL¬†HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT¬†ON CONSUMERS IN THE INDIVIDUAL¬†MARKET PLACE, A SPECIALLY¬†MIDDLE INCOME¬†AMERICANS¬†AND THOSE YOU ARE SELF-EMPLOYED¬†IN WHAT IS KNOWN AS¬†THE¬†GIG ECONOMY.MILLIONS¬†WILL EXPERIENCE STICKER¬†SHOCK.¬†MANY WILL HAVE¬†NO CHOICE, PUTTING¬†FAMILIES BACK WERE THEY WERE¬†BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE¬†ACT,¬†WITHOUT COVERAGE,¬†UNABLE TO AFFORD DOCTOR VISITS,¬†ONE MEDICAL EMERGENCY AWAY¬†FROM FINANCIAL RUIN.¬†THE¬†PROGRESS WE HAVE¬†MADE IN RECENT YEARS IS TOO¬†IMPORTANT. WE CAN’T¬†GO¬†BACKWARD. I RECENTLY HEARD FROM¬†A NEW HAMPSHIRE DOCTOR WHO SAID,¬†BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT,¬†I¬†WAS SEEING¬†MORE PATIENTS¬†WORKING FULL¬†TIME, BUT NOT HAVING ADEQUATE¬†CARE.¬†PARENTS¬†WOULD LOOK DOWN IN SHAME WHEN¬†I ASKED¬†WHY THEIR CHILD HAD NOT BEEN TO¬†SEE ME¬†IN¬†2, 3,¬†OR MORE¬†YEARS. THEY¬†WERE ASHAMED BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T¬†AFFORD INSURANCE.¬†SINCE¬†THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT,¬†I HAVE¬†RARELY¬†SEEN THIS TYPE OF INTERACTION.¬†THIS¬†DR.¬†AND HER PATIENTS DON’T WANT TO¬†GO BACK¬†TO THE BAD OLD¬†DAYS,¬†AND NEITHER¬†DO¬†I.¬†SOME REPUBLICANS IN WASHINGTON SEEM¬†TO THINK¬†SABOTAGING THE AFFORDABLE CARE¬†ACT IS¬†GOOD POLITICS. FOUR PEOPLE¬†IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND¬†ACROSS¬†AMERICA, KEEPING THEIR ACCESS¬†TO COVERAGE IS A MATTER OF LIFE¬†OR¬†DEATH,¬†ABOUT BEING ABLE TO TAKE A SICK¬†FAMILY MEMBER TO¬†THE¬†DOCTOR,¬†AND KNOWING A SERIOUS ILLNESS¬†WON’T LEAVE¬†A MOUNTAIN OF DEBT. THE SHARP RISE¬†IN¬†HEALTH CARE¬†PREMIUMS¬†IS A CRISIS THAT WAS MANUFACTURED IN WASHINGTON,¬†AND WASHINGTON CAN FIX IT.THE SOLEMN MAJORITY OF AMERICANS¬†SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE CARE¬†ACT.¬†WHILE MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT THELAW, WE ALL REALIZE IT CAN BE IMPROVED.¬†WITH PREMIUMS ABOUT TO RISE¬†SHARPLY, THE STAKES¬†COULD¬†NOT BE HIGHER FORTHE HEALTH AND FINANCIAL SECURITY¬†OF OUR FAMILIES.¬†INSTEAD OF¬†REPUBLICANS TO DATE HEALTH¬†CARE AWAY FROM PEOPLE AND MAKING¬†IT¬†MORE EXPENSIVE, LET’S DO THE¬†RIGHT THING.¬†IT IS TIME FOR BIPARTISAN ACTION.¬†REPUBLICANS¬†AND DEMOCRATS,WORKING¬†TOGETHER TO ENSURE QUALITY,¬†AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY

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