Scott Brown letting NH voters know his Obamacare stance

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April 22, 2014, 6:32 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Scott Brown and his wife Gail Huff got a tour of Gamma Medica, a Salem, N.H. company that produces molecular imaging devices to detect early stage cancer.

Employees told Brown how hampered they are by the 2.3 percent medical device tax - a key funding source for the Affordable Care Act - that
they say makes a big difference in a small company like theirs.

"It's going to cost us about $150,000, which roughly translates into two people we can't afford to hire this year because we have to pay the tax," President Jim Calandra said.

Gamma Medica is strongly pushing for repeal of the Medical Device Tax. What's less clear is its position on the Affordable Care Act which Brown is promoting. Asked if he was on board with repealing the Affordable Care Act, as Brown would do, Calandra said, "I prefer not to discuss my personal political views on any of these issues .. As I understand it, Jeanne Shaheen is also opposed to the medical device tax and there's quite broad support across party lines."

Meanwhile, New Hampshire Democrats used Earth Day to craft their message that Brown has opposed efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the clean air act adding: "Brown is for protecting his buddies in the oil and gas industry, even when it directly hurts families and children in the Granite State."

Brown shot back, "Senator Shaheen wanted, apparently still wants, gas prices to go up to $6, $7, $8 a gallon. I don't."

Brown says Shaheen has no way to defend her Obamacare vote so she has, quote, "put all her eggs in the basket of the ultra liberal extreme environmentalists that have bank rolled her campaign."

Does Brown think he can win on Obamacare alone?

"As we go around the state, it's the number one issue without even blinking - it's off the charts. People are just so upset that, number one, she didn't read the bill, number two, she was the deciding vote on it and number three, she didn't bother to protect their interests," he said.

Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, says, "It's easier to get voters to the polls who are angy and I think that's what he's trying to do is capitalize on the fact that there's some polling here in New Hampshire that shows that 53 percent of people oppose what's likely called Obamacare."

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Tags: new hampshire, Scott Brown, Salem, Alison King, Jeanne Shaheen, Affordable Care Act, NH Senate race, Gamma Medica
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