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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8d070000Race: District 1, U.S. House of RepresentativesParty: RepublicanPolitical Experience: 2010-2012 - U.S. House2006-2009 - Mayor of Manchester2001-2005 - New Hampshire HousePersonal: Married, with two children; lives in ManchesterEducation: Bachelor of Arts, Assumption College; Masters, Franklin Pierce Law CenterCandidate WebsiteIssuesGuinta wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact "market-based reforms" that include allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines."[I]f we could eradicate those state line borders, just start with our region, so every carrier now has the ability to compete not just in New Hampshire but in New England as a region, you will bring more competitive market forces to this area, probably upwards of 30 carriers or more."On immigration, Guinta opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the country. He says the U.S. must hire more border patrol agents and construct a wall in "high traffic areas." The current crisis of immigrants fleeing Central America for the U.S., he says, is the result of President Obama's policy of "prosecutorial discretion" to allow some individuals to remain here: "But the vast majority of those individuals can be returned to their home countries with their families."Guinta says he is "disappointed in a whole host of issues" related to the Obama administration's foreign policy, accusing the president of "disengagement" and lack of leadership. While he does not support "boots on the ground" against the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Guinta says the militant group cannot be allowed to grow. "The president is going to have come up with a strategy that doesn’t just contain, but has to eradicate ISIS because Americans would rather, I think, finish this now than deal with it for years and years and years and allow ISIS to become the next Al Qaeda."

N.H. Congressional Delegation Reacts To Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many lawmakers in Washington for a loop. Now New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is examining how to proceed after the High Court upheld the individual mandate but limited the government’s attempt to expand Medicaid. 

Republicans were optimistic the justices would rule in their favor on the individual mandate but the court deflated their hopes. Five justices ruled the individual mandate is constitutional under Congress’ power of taxation, which First District Congressman Frank Guinta says is what he’s been saying all along.

“The one thing that the court has done is reaffirmed the position that I think we have had is that this is a huge tax on the country. Now there’s 15 separate taxes within this bill.”

The justices also ruled states can reject Congress’ effort to expand Medicaid coverage. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is still studying the details of the ruling, but she says Congress may have to revisit that portion of the law.

“People who really need that health care coverage it’s going to be important for us to take a look and see how we can help make sure they get the healthcare they need.”

The House has already voted thirty times to repeal the health care law. And when House lawmakers get back from their Fourth of July break they’re planning another repeal vote, though it isn’t expected to go anywhere in the U-S Senate.