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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."

Another ACA Repeal Passes the House

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Wednesday, a House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act has passed 244 to 185.

Both New Hampshire Congressmen voted to repeal the nation’s healthcare law.

Many have called this vote symbolic. Charlie Bass says this new vote was triggered by the Supreme Court decision to uphold the law. But, he says, he considers it a kickoff to congressional races for re-election.

“I think it’s appropriate for the Congress to have a vote on this issue to reaffirm its position in opposition to it. Obviously, the bill won’t be taken up in the Senate but it will make it very clear to the voters where the candidates stand.”

Bass says he supports keeping people up to 26 years old on their parent’s health plan and guaranteeing insurance for people with preexisting conditions but, he says, the law does nothing to address costs.

“There are other ways of doing this and having the same result but not having the government and the state take over the whole system which will, in my view, guarantee bureaucracy, higher cost and possibly not significantly better access.”

The House of Representatives has voted about thirty times to repeal all or part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Every such measure that passed thus far has died in the Democratically controlled Senate.

In a statement released by Congressman Frank Guinta, he says he believes that repealing this law will “prevent a massive tax hike” and, he says, keep Washington out of New Hampshire families’ medical decision making.

Both Congressmen are up for re-election in the fall.

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