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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Republicans have hurt New Hampshire

Letter to the Editor

In one of Scott Brown’s recent TV ads, Sen. Kelly Ayotte claims that “Obamacare is hurting New Hampshire families.” And, by implication, we should vote for Mr. Brown because he will help do away with the Affordable Care Act. Where does the GOP get free license to spout these unsubstantiated claims? Is this a carryover from Fox News, where the mantra is to keep repeating a lie often enough that viewers will believe it’s true? The reality is that the GOP has hurt many New Hampshire families by not supporting the ACA soon enough or fully enough; and Mr. Brown has no alternative to the ACA other than to go back to the old days where insurance companies denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, charged higher premiums for less coverage and so on. That will certainly hurt Granite State families.

Rather than these unsubstantiated claims in TV ads, what we need is truth in advertising. In my ideal world, TV media would only run truthful ads. That’s not going to happen, but I do hope The Telegraph and other print media keep up their “PolitiFact” reporting to ferret out what’s true. ...

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In one of Scott Brown’s recent TV ads, Sen. Kelly Ayotte claims that “Obamacare is hurting New Hampshire families.” And, by implication, we should vote for Mr. Brown because he will help do away with the Affordable Care Act. Where does the GOP get free license to spout these unsubstantiated claims? Is this a carryover from Fox News, where the mantra is to keep repeating a lie often enough that viewers will believe it’s true? The reality is that the GOP has hurt many New Hampshire families by not supporting the ACA soon enough or fully enough; and Mr. Brown has no alternative to the ACA other than to go back to the old days where insurance companies denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, charged higher premiums for less coverage and so on. That will certainly hurt Granite State families.

Rather than these unsubstantiated claims in TV ads, what we need is truth in advertising. In my ideal world, TV media would only run truthful ads. That’s not going to happen, but I do hope The Telegraph and other print media keep up their “PolitiFact” reporting to ferret out what’s true.

Joe O’Neill

Amherst