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N.H. House Delegates Defend Vote On Republican-Backed "Keep Your Health Plan Act"

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New Hampshire's delegation at an award ceremony in Concord Friday night.

New Hampshire’s two Democratic congresswomen are defending their vote on a Republican-backed bill that critics say undercuts a core provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Both Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster were staunch supporters of the Affordable Care Act and they insist their support for a bill that would allow any consumer to buy insurance policies deemed noncompliant is in the public interest.

Here’s Ann McLane Kuster.

“I want to fix it. I want to make sure that we bring down the cost of healthcare, and provide access for every Granite State family.”

Critics say such a law, which has no chance for passing the Democratically-controlled Senate, could undermine protections for consumers and drive up costs. Carol Shea-Porter says she thinks that concern was overstated.

 “I voted for a bill that helps consumers in New Hampshire and those around the country to make sure they have the insurance that they want.”

Even so, Shea-Porter added that the plans in the new healthcare Marketplaces will provide better coverage than those noncompliant plans she voted to extend.

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