Scott Brown leans in to New Hampshire Senate run

December 3, 2013
 In this Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., waves to supporters from his bus after a campaign rally at Faneuil Hall in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
In this Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., waves to supporters. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown (R), who is considering a Senate run in New Hampshire in 2014, is out with a new op-ed that suggests he's getting closer to running in the Granite State.

In the FoxNews.com op-ed, Brown focuses on the effects of the federal health-care law in New Hampshire -- not Massachusetts, notably -- and appears to take a shot at his would-be opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

"Many other Americans are experiencing fewer medical options as insurers restrict their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low," Brown writes, adding: "For example, in New Hampshire, only 16 of the state’s 26 hospitals are available on the federal exchange, meaning patients must either pay more to keep their current doctor or seek inferior care elsewhere."

Brown then mentions New Hampshire a second time: "New Hampshire is not alone. Across the country, some of the best hospitals are not available on plans on the exchange, leaving patients with difficult choices and unwanted sometimes, life threatening decisions."

Brown doesn't name Shaheen, but he does allude to Democrats who have been offering changes to the health-care law. Shaheen has been out-front in pushing for an extended open enrollment period.

"Obamacare became the law of the land because every single Democratic senator fell in line with their party bosses and voted for it," Brown said. "For any sitting member of the Senate to somehow now suggest that they are fighting to protect their constituents from this 'trainwreck' is completely hypocritical.

"Not only is President Obama to blame here, so too are every single one of the Democratic senators who forced this fiasco on the American people."

Brown would join a GOP field that includes a number of lesser-known politicians and former senator Bob Smith (R-N.H.), who formerly occupied Shaheen's seat but has lived in and run for Senate in Florida in recent years.

Update 10:41 a.m.: WMUR-TV's James Pindell reports that Brown will headline the New Hampshire Republican Party's holiday reception later this month.

 

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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