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Another ObamaCare Headache For Jeanne Shaheen

RNC Communications - April 21, 2014

Good morning – President Obama may think it’s “time to move on” from ObamaCare but as the Union Leader notes this morning, his health care law is pummeling businesses in New Hampshire, including the state’s billion-dollar ski industry which supports more than 11,000 jobs. None of this is good news for Jeanne Shaheen whose reelection is facing serious headwinds thanks to unhappy voters grappling with the consequences of her ObamaCare vote and her record of rubberstamping President Obama’s agenda 99 percent of the time.

 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s Support Of ObamaCare Could Cost New Hampshire Jobs And Revenue

The Union Leader: “Among ObamaCare's Myriad Negative Effects On Small Businesses Could Be This: Shorter Ski Seasons In New Hampshire.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

  • “Similar Problems Could Hit Summer Resorts.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

Greg Goddard, GM Of Gunstock Ski Resort In New Hampshire, Is Considering Shortening The Ski Season Because Of ObamaCare’s Requirement To Provide Health Coverage To Employees Who Work 120 Days. “At a forum on the Affordable Care Act held last week, Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Ski Resort, said the resort might shorten its season because it cannot afford to offer health insurance to its full-time seasonal employees who work for more than 120 consecutive days, as the law requires.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

  • Goddard: “We May Not Be Able To Open Beyond 120 Days.” “‘We may not be able to open beyond 120 days; it may be Christmas to the middle of March ... the summer season may be the fourth of July until Labor Day,’ he said.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

A Shortened Ski Season Could Cost New Hampshire Jobs And Revenue

According To An Economic Impact Survey By The State’s Ski Association (Ski NH), The Ski Industry Rang Up “$1.15 Billion In Direct And Secondary Sales.”  “New Hampshire's ski industry last year added a record $1.15 billion in direct and secondary sales to the state, according to an economic impact study released Thursday. Ski NH, the statewide association representing 33 downhill and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging properties in New Hampshire, officially released its 2012-13 economic impact study.” (Paula Tracy, “New Hampshire Ski Industry Adds Record Sales To State Tourist Market,” WMUR, 2/22/14)

  • New Hampshire’s Ski Industry Made Up 45.3 Percent Of Total Traveler Spending In The Northern And Western Regions Of The State. “During the five-month winter skiing season, skier spending made up nearly half of total traveler spending in the northern and western travel regions at 45.3 percent.” (Paula Tracy, “New Hampshire Ski Industry Adds Record Sales To State Tourist Market,” WMUR, 2/22/14)

Consumer Spending On Skiing Supported An Average Of 11,067 New Hampshire Jobs. “Direct and secondary spending at and away from ski areas during the period between May 2012 and April 2013 supported an annual average employment of 11,067 jobs.” (Paula Tracy, “New Hampshire Ski Industry Adds Record Sales To State Tourist Market,” WMUR, 2/22/14)

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