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  New Hampshire congressmen feel the heat for healthcare reform
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Last EditedScott³  Apr 04, 2010 10:32pm
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News DateMonday, April 5, 2010 04:30:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"New Hampshire’s two congressmen– Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter both of whom voted in favor of the healthcare reform bill– have returned home and are facing the heat [Link] for their healthcare reform votes.

There is one difference in the approach that my congressman, Carol Shea-Porter, is taking this year now that the bill has passed; last year she would not face the voters face to face in town hall meetings, preferring to do telephone town halls in an effort to face the voters without actually standing before them, while this year she is actually holding town hall meetings. I find this change in tactics very telling; last year she decided not to face the voters and defend her position while the debate was in full motion but this year now that the bill has passed and she is facing re-election she is willing to face the voters to defend her vote. This appears to be a desperate act and a political attempt to sell what she did with her healthcare vote to her constituents– most of whom opposed the position that she took. She did not dare to face the voters in person when she knew she was taking a position that her voters opposed, but now that the vote has been taken and there is nothing that we can do she is willing to face the voters in an attempt to stave of almost certain defeat.

She cowardly ducked facing the voters last year while the issue was still in doubt, but now that her re-election could be in peril she feels it necessary to face the voters in person to try to sell them on this legislation.

Much like other Democrats across the country, Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter are hoping that as time passes the opposition to healthcare reform will die down and people will come around to their side on this issue."
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