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PORTSMOUTH HERALD/SEACOAST ONLINE: Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

October 19, 2012

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121019-OPINION-210190319

For Congress, in New Hampshire District 1, Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald endorse Carol Shea-Porter.

 

At our editorial board meeting, at debates and at events across the state, Shea-Porter has been passionate about helping middle-class Americans, and she's ready and able to fight.

 

Voters who want someone to protect Social Security and Medicare now, and for future generations, can feel secure with Shea-Porter.

 

Voters who believe it's time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan can rely on Shea-Porter.

 

Voters who feel we owe a deep debt to our veterans and must do everything we can have confidence in Shea-Porter. She fought and won battles to get New Hampshire veterans medical care closer to home.

 

Voters who value bipartisanship will remember Shea-Porter's outstanding work with her Republican colleagues from Maine and New Hampshire to safeguard funding for the new Memorial Bridge and much needed upgrades at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

 

If you believe business functions best when workers, management and owners respectfully collaborate to achieve shared goals, vote for Shea-Porter.

 

Shea-Porter doesn't hesitate to point out the failures of Frank Guinta and the 112th Congress, which has done even less than the "Do-Nothing Congress" of the Harry Truman era. But this is fair game. Guinta's Congress achieved a historic low approval rating of just 10 percent. Only 1 in 10 people in this country approves of the work this Congress is doing. Why?

 

Guinta's 112th Congress brought us the debt ceiling debacle that led to a lowering of our national credit rating. Its failed supercommittee now has us facing a "fiscal cliff" of devastating tax increases coupled with unparalleled cuts in military spending. It is paralyzed by an ideology that wouldn't increase $1 in taxes to cut $10 in spending.

 

What did the 112th Congress do? It voted to repeal Obamacare 33 times.

 

Shea-Porter voted for Obamacare at a time when she knew it could very well cost her the election. She did it because she believes millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans deserve better.

 

Shea-Porter believes Americans shouldn't be denied medical insurance because they're sick; that they shouldn't be bounced off their plans when they are diagnosed with a major illness; or have their coverage capped when they need it most. She acknowledges that Obamacare can be improved. Of course it can. But as she notes on the campaign trail, Republicans have stopped saying "repeal and replace" and now simply say "repeal" because they've got nothing to put in its place. If you see the improvements Obamacare is already creating in our health care system and would like them to continue, vote for Shea-Porter.

 

In 2006 and 2008, the people of the First Congressional District sent Shea-Porter to Congress, and she was our advocate and ally. Our interests were her interests. She was swept out during the Republican tidal wave of 2010, but we firmly believe that the tide has turned and that the First District is once again ready for more reasonable and productive representation in Congress.

 

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121019-OPINION-210190319

 

 



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