Protecting health care

Make no mistake, this Nov. 6, protecting Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions is squarely on the ballot. From children with asthma, to folks with diabetes or heart conditions, if you have any chronic illness in your background, your health care is at stake. With the Trump Administration’s continued goal of getting rid of federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and a U.S. Supreme Court that could hear a case on whether protections for pre-existing conditions will still exist at the federal level, it is now more important than ever for us to act to protect the health care of Granite Staters, right here in New Hampshire. Standing up for Granite Staters, and to the federal government, is simply the New Hampshire way.

If entrusted with a state Senate majority, Senate Democrats will shore up New Hampshire consumer protections on short-term, insufficient insurance plans, and will close state-level loopholes to make sure that ALL Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions are protected. While our Republican colleagues may say they are open to protecting people with pre-existing conditions, actions speak louder than words. The simple fact is, the current Senate Republican majority, including Sen. Kevin Avard and Sen. Gary Daniels, voted No on efforts to help shore up our protections for Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions. That was on House Bill 469. It’s time to finally protect Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions. If you want to make sure pre-existing conditions protection gets done, it’s time for a change in state Senate leadership.

When you head in to vote on Nov. 6, you ought to know what your elected officials plan to do, especially on your health care. As a part of our Granite State Opportunity Plan, a Democratic majority in the state Senate is committed to protecting the health care of Granite Staters by shoring up state-level protections for pre-existing conditions. That’s something the current Senate Republican majority has shown they simply won’t do. Health care is fundamental to security; Granite Staters deserve to know that they won’t be financially devastated because of an illness, and everyone should have the peace of mind that they and their family are protected. That’s what you will get with a Senate Democratic majority. We respectfully ask for your vote, and, if honored to receive it, we will make sure you and your family’s health care is protected.

Shannon Chandley is running for state Senate in District 11, which includes Amherst, Merrimack, Milford and Wilton. Melanie Levesque is running for State Senate in District 12, which includes Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge, and Wards 1, 2, and 5 in the city of Nashua. Cindy Rosenwald is running for state Senate in District 13, which includes Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the city of Nashua. Dan Feltes is running for state Senate in District 15, which includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker, Warner and Penacook.