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October 24, 2015 Fact Check

FACT CHECK: Kelly Ayotte’s Record of Siding With Her Party To Undermine Access to Health Care

GOFFSTOWN – Since going to Washington, Kelly Ayotte has sided with her party leaders and the corporate special interests that bankroll her campaign over enhancing access to quality, affordable health care for Granite Staters.

FACT: In Washington, Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly voted to repeal New Hampshire’s bipartisan, business backed Medicaid expansion plan, which provides health coverage to over 50,000 Granite Staters.

  • Experts in the recovery community have called Medicaid expansion the “most important tool” New Hampshire has in its fight to combat substance misuse. Medicaid expansion has also boosted New Hampshire’s community health centers across the state.

FACT: Senator Ayotte claims to have voted to extend Medicaid expansion, but only in Washington would taking away someone’s health care coverage in one-year be called an extension. The truth is, as recently as 2015, Ayotte voted to repeal Medicaid expansion in its entirety, right away.

FACT: Ayotte has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If Kelly Ayotte gets her way, insurance will go back to a time where being a woman was a pre-existing condition. Under Ayotte’s plan, 285,949 New Hampshire women will lose the guarantee that their insurance will cover preventative services like mammograms with no out of pocket costs.

FACT: Kelly Ayotte voted six times to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood despite other health centers indicating they do not have the capacity to take on Planned Parenthood’s patients. Planned Parenthood serves nearly 13,000 patients across the Granite State each year. The federal funds that they receive cover family planning counseling, cancer and STI screenings, and other life-saving preventative care measures.

FACT: At the urging of the Koch Brothers’ political arm, Kelly Ayotte voted to slash $1.3 billion from community health centers nationwide. This same bill would have also eliminated 750 community health center jobs in just New Hampshire.

FACT: Ayotte has voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program, after the Koch Brothers urged Senators to do so. AARP noted that the plan would “increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage—a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.

FACT: Ayotte has taken almost $200,000 from the pharmaceutical industry, more pharmaceutical money than any other elected official in New Hampshire.

FACT: Ayotte has voted to re-open the Medicare Part D donut hole for prescription drugs, which would force seniors to pay more for their medications.

FACT: Ayotte has voted against against letting Americans get access to safe, inexpensive prescription drugs from Canada, which would help lower drug costs.

FACT: Ayotte voted against bringing generic drugs to the market sooner.

FACT: Ayotte cosponsored a bill that was opposed by AARP because it would have cut $1.3 trillion from Social Security and $859 billion from Medicare, slashing Social Security benefits by nearly 20% and increasing out of pocket costs for those on Medicare.