Marilinda Garcia is a Tea Party favorite who recently won the Republican primary and will run against Democratic incumbent Representative Annie Kuster in New Hampshire’s second congressional district. Garcia is also ardently opposed to Obamacare, basing a large part of her platform on a promise to repeal the president’s signature legislation if elected.
Garcia: “I… that’s my own issue.”
NHPR: “So you don’t want to say?”
Garcia: “No that’s fine, I don’t need to share everything.”
The interviewer noted that the issue will probably come up again, but Garcia was still evasive.
“My constituents talk to me so I am not here running on my own issues” She said. “I am expressing what they come up with.”
After the first interview, a member of her campaign told the station that Garcia does not have insurance obtained through the federal exchange but that she does have coverage and that she did not want to offer anymore information on the subject.
Garcia is the only candidate for federal office in the state who has not divulged his/her health insurance information to the public. All others, Democrat and Republican alike, have divulged where their coverage comes from. The range on the other candidates runs from insurance through the exchanges to military benefits and coverage under a spouse’s family plan.
Her opponent, Congresswoman Kuster, gets her insurance through the exchanges as required of all members of Congress, with certain exceptions for spousal benefits or participation in another government benefit program.
In the state’s Senate race, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen has coverage through Medicare. Her opponent, Republican Scott Brown, has coverage under the military Tricare plan as a retired National Guardsman.
You can hear portions of the audio from her interview here.
h/t: Daily Kos