TV Ads Scold 4 House Republicans for Their Latest Votes to End Medicare as We Know It

Local Ads Make Examples of U.S. Reps. Ryan, Duffy, Cravaack and Benishek for Roles in Passing the Radical Ryan-Romney Budget That is The Roadmap to Middle-Class Extinction

DATE: April 2, 2012            

Contact:  Lauren Weiner, Americans United, 202.470.5870
Chris Fleming, AFSCME, 202.631.0929

Ads Come As Paul Ryan Campaigns with Mitt Romney at an Oil Company in Wisconsin Today, As If Voters Needed to be Reminded the Two Are More Concerned About Protecting Oil Subsidies than Medicare for Seniors




Washington D.C. – Americans United for Change and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have teamed up to air TV ads in the districts of U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI-1),  Sean Duffy (R-WI-7), Chip Cravaack (R-MN-8), Dan Benishek (R-MI-1) , featuring a senior scolding the Republican lawmakers for voting for the job-killing Ryan-Romney budget plan that aims to eliminate the Medicare guarantee and decimate Medicaid for seniors in nursing homes in order to pay for trillions of dollars in new tax breaks for millionaires, oil companies, and corporations that offshore American jobs. In addition to the TV ads, AUFC is also launching promoted tweets directed at constituents in the members’ districts.

See script below for “Born Yesterday” and see Fact Sheet here: “The Unpopular Ryan-Romney Budget Puts Millionaires before Medicare/Medicaid Beneficiaries, Corporations before Kids, Oil Subsidies before Students and Wall Street Banks before Milddle-Class Jobs.”     Mitt Romney enthusiastically embraced Ryan’s budget and Ryan quickly returned the favor by endorsing the GOP presidential frontrunner; the two are palling around together today at an oil company in Wisconsin, as if voters needed any more reminder that the two are more concerned about protecting subsidies for oil companies than Medicare for seniors.

AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee: “Medicare has opened doors to necessary care for generations for seniors and individuals with permanent disabilities.  The Ryan budget, adopted by the House of Representatives would end five decades of Medicare’s guaranteed access to modern medicine and give millionaires a staggering $265,000 apiece in a new tax cut.  The health of seniors should be a higher priority than tax breaks for the wealthiest individuals and corporations–but not according to the Ryan budget.”

Tom McMahon, executive director, Americans United for Change: “The Republican members of Congress who lined up to vote for Ryan-Romney budget are calling themselves “courageous” – they’re admiring each other for the “tough,” “serious,” “bold,” “fiscally responsible” decisions they’ve made for the “good of the country.”   But can anyone tell me what is “courageous” about forcing seniors in nursing homes on Medicaid to find somewhere else to go or taking away health care from sick kids, but continuing to hand over $40 billion worth of subsidies to the big oil companies?   Can someone explain how awarding a $3 trillion tax break to millionaires and corporations guilty of shipping thousands of American jobs overseas is “fiscally responsible”?  What exactly is “bold” about making Medicare beneficiaries pay more and more out of pocket for fewer services and making college less affordable for millions and shortchanging veterans on the services they deserve?  And how do these Republican lawmakers expect us to take them “serious” claiming that this budget gets America’s fiscal house in order when in fact it would explode the deficit and cost over a million middle-class Americans their jobs?  That doesn’t sound like the “path to prosperity” to me. That sounds like the roadmap to middle-class extinction.” 




“Born Yesterday”

Americans United For Change

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A box being checked next to “Paul Ryan’s Medicare-ending Budget”

Wall Street Journal, 4.4
.11“plan would essentially end Medicare”

Last year, Congressman Duffy voted to end Medicare.




Protest footage

Back home, WE gave that young man an earful

You’d think he’d have learned his lesson. Think again.

Ryan-Duffy Budget =


 “increased costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage” --  AARP, Mar 21, 2012

Duffy just voted again to replace Medicare’s guaranteed benefits with private vouchers that won’t even cover the cost of care. 


Ryan-Duffy Plan “would retain a decade’s worth of oil tax breaks worth $40 billion for companies such as Exxon”: [Center for American Progress, March 20, 2012]

“Ryan’s Budget Includes $3 Trillion Giveaway To Corporations, The Rich” [Think Progress, March 20, 2012]

 Can you imagine! He voted to cut Medicare benefits to give millionaires and big oil companies another tax break!

[Disappointed senior]

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Congressman Duffy pretends his vote against Medicare is different this time. But really: “Does he think we were born yesterday?”