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Mar 20, 2017 1:04 PM

Hassan tells NH1 News she 'can't support' GOP efforts to repeal health care law


BEDFORD – When it comes to the battle over health care, Sen. Maggie Hassan is pretty clear: repealing the federal law is a non-starter and not open for negotiations.

New Hampshire’s freshman Democratic U.S. senator tells NH1 News that she “can’t support” the push by congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known to most Americans as Obamacare.

Asked if there’s one thing GOP leadership in Congress can do to make their plan palatable, Hassan answered, “I think it’s really important that we come together in Washington and work on improving the Affordable Care Act. There are certainly things we have to repair in that act but as long the as House keeps talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act, pulling the rug out from millions of Americans who for the first time are getting health, including importantly critical care for substance misuse and behavioral health, I can’t support their actions.”

READ: Hassan targets Trumpcare in maiden US Senate speech

Hassan spoke with NH1 News after addressing and taking questions Monday from the audience at a New England Council breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn.

Hassan’s stance shouldn’t be any surprise. Last year the then-governor ran for the U.S. Senate on a platform that included improving by protecting the federal health care law, and the issue as an important one in her Democratic challenge to incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Hassan ended up narrowly defeating Ayotte by around 1,000 votes out of some 750,000 cast.

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Since she was sworn into the Senate in early January, Hassan has held numerous round table discussions and other events in the Granite State pointing out the negative impact the scrapping of the health care law and the accompanying Medicaid expansion program would have on New Hampshire.

For Hassan and most other Democrats on Capitol Hill, bending on health care is non-negotiable, just as the push to overturn Obamacare is non-negotiable for Republicans, who since the 2010 elections have campaigned on overturning the health care law.

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