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Conservative group airs new ad against Shaheen in N.H. Senate race

Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

A well-monied conservative group today launched its second ad against New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, again focusing on what it says are the Democratic health care law’s negative impacts on some Granite State residents.

“Because ObamaCare limits your choices, some will have to drive more than an hour to see a doctor,” the female narrator says in the new 30-second spot from Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by the billionaires David and Charles Koch.

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“Jeanne Shaheen voted for ObamaCare, putting your hospitals and doctors further out of reach,” the narrator continues in the somber ad.

At present, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire is the only company selling insurance to Granite State residents through the federal online health insurance marketplace. To keep premium costs lower, about 10 of the state’s hospitals are excluded from Anthem’s network in policies bought through the exchange. That’s made getting access to health care a longer journey for some.

Shaheen has defended her vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act, but said she wanted to fix problems with it. Scott Brown, her leading Republican opponent, has repeatedly criticized her vote in favor of the law.

Shaheen’s campaign manager, Mike Vlacich, responded to the ad with a statement mentioning the former Massachusetts US Senator.

“We know the Big Oil Koch Brothers are prepared to spend millions to buy Scott Brown our Senate seat. Here is more proof,” said Vlacich.

Greg Moore, the state director for Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire, said the ad would run for two weeks on New Hampshire broadcast stations as well as cable television. It is backed by $457,000 in spending, he said.

The group previously spent more than $600,000 on an ad attacking Shaheen that aired the first three weeks of January, Moore said at the time.

Brown, who faces a GOP primary, made his bid to unseat Shaheen official earlier this month.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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