New Hampshire unhappy with Democrat health care
George Brown, 50, the owner of Arthur’s barber shop on the Oval in this picturesqueThere is more.
New Englandtown, said he “breathed a sigh of relief” when Scott Brownwas elected to the Senate last week in neighboring Massachusetts.
To Mr. Brown, who is not related to the new senator, the election meant the welcome death of the Democratic health care legislation in Washington.
“If this health care bill had gone into effect, we would all be paying 75 percent of our paychecks in
taxes,” Mr. Brown said, sitting in the barber chair and listening to Fox News on the radio.
“It was all about the government taking over,” said Mr. Brown, a Republican who voted for Senator
John McCainfor president in 2008.
The anger that boiled over in Massachusetts last week is bubbling up here. It is rooted in a combination of factors, including fear over the proposed health care legislation,
anxietyabout the flailing economy and distrust of an overreaching government. ...
Tammy Landry, 50, the manager of the Fish Bowl pet supply store here, is an independent who voted for Mr. Obama. She has health insurance through her husband’s employer, but she said she was afraid that Washington would change her coverage for the worse and increase the premiums.
“Massachusetts was about a lot of disgruntled people trying to show they’re upset with the way things are,” Ms. Landry said, standing in the glow of a bank of gurgling fish tanks. “I’ve heard people use the word ‘revolution,’ and I do feel that way.”
If there were a revolution, Irving Cable, 55, the lone customer at the nearby River House Cafe just before lunchtime, said he would march on the front lines. He loathes everything about the health care bills, he said, especially the requirement that everyone buy health insurance.
“I won’t pay it!” he declared. “And I’ll shoot the first person that tries to make me go to jail because I will not buy health insurance.”
Charles Burke, 55, the manager of the cafe, which his wife has owned for 38 years, also rejected the idea of forced
insurancecoverage. He said he paid out of pocket for his trips to the doctor.
Mr. Burke also said he could not afford to provide insurance for his six part-time employees. “It’s never been like this,” he said, gesturing to the empty tables. “The only value of this business right now is in the scrap metal value of the equipment.”
Rachel Cedras, 18, a waitress at the cafe, said she was saving her tips for college, not health insurance. Ms. Cedras said she had been put off by watching politicians piece together the legislation.
“If you have to bribe people to vote for it,” she said, “it can’t be good.”
This confirms the polling that the Democrat health care proposal is deeply unpopular. I think these people would be even angrier if the Democrats passed something. With Obama and Pelosi saying they are going to try to come up with an acceptable package they are just keeping the anger alive. There are just more people who don't want it than do. That is not surprising when surveys show that 80 percent or more of the people are happy with their health care coverage.