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The Big Republican Medicare Lie Rears Its Ugly Head in Growing Number of Senate, House Races


Republicans Revive False Claim that Health Reform Cut Medicare Benefits in Desperate Effort to Distract Voters From Their Own Plan to Turn Medicare into Voucher Care
 

Fact Is, Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Is More Solvent and Seniors are Enjoying More Benefits Than Ever 

Washington DC – It’s déjà vu all over again. During the 2010 and 2012 campaign seasons, Republican candidates and their shadowy Super PAC friends spend millions of dollars trying to deceive seniors, claiming the Affordable Care Act stole their Medicare benefits. And while independent fact checkers thoroughly examined and debunked the charge again and again – calling it ‘dubious’, ‘misleading’, the “opposite [of] true” – the big Republican Medicare lie is rearing its ugly head again in a wave of new attack ads in key Senate races like Arkansas, North Carolina, Colorado, Louisiana, Iowa, and Kentucky; and Congressional races like Arizona’s 1st District, Arizona’s 2nd, Florida’s 2nd, Florida’s 26th, New York’s 24th, Ohio’s 14th, West Virginia’s 3rd, Georgia’s 12th, and California’s 7th. It’s no wonder why: Republicans are trying to distract voters from their own extreme budget plan that would replace the guarantee of Medicare with a private voucher system that by design won’t keep pace with health costs and would stick seniors with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Get the Facts Below.


Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “A growing number of Republican campaigns and their Big Insurance backers are going back to their old Medi-scare playbook, but their attacks ring more hollow than ever. Funny, not one senior enrolled in traditional Medicare has stepped forward in all this time to complain about losing benefits since the Affordable Car Act became law. That’s because no one has. It’s another GOP myth that’s met the ‘death panel’. The reality is that thanks to the health law, Medicare is more solvent and seniors are enjoying more benefits than ever, like free preventative checkups and greater prescription drug coverage. The reality is, if Republicans had their way and the Ryan plan became law, there would be no Medicare guarantee – just private insurance vouchers guaranteed to dwindle in value. The fact is, Republicans voted dozens of times trying to reopen the Medicare ‘donut hole’ coverage gap and bring back the dark days of seniors choosing between food and medicine. Republicans even shut down the government trying to take seniors’ new Rx drug benefits away and shave years from Medicare’s life, and now they say they’re the ones to be trusted to protect the program? Now that’s rich.  Republicans have a message for the 8 million Medicare beneficiaries who have so far saved over $10 billion on prescription drugs thanks to the health law: ‘Give it back.’  The contrast in records between the two parties could not be clearer: Democrats created Social Security and Medicare and have fought every day since to strengthen senior’s retirement and health security.  Meanwhile, Republicans from Day One have tried to undermine Social Security and Medicare with benefit cuts and privatization schemes that would benefit their big insurance and Wall Street friends at great expense to seniors. To call Republican attacks on Democrats on Medicare ‘hypocritical’ would be an insult to hypocrites.”


FACT:  AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DID NOT TOUCH ONE DIME OF MEDICARE BENEFITS

 

 

 

 

 

FACT: MEDICARE RECIPIENTS HAVE ACCESS TO MORE BENEFITS THAN EVER THANKS TO THE HEALTH LAW

FACT: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BOOSTED MEDICARE’S SOLVENCY

FACT: HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD END THE GUARENTEE OF MEDICARE

FACT: The Affordable Care Act curtails waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, ends billions of dollars needless subsidies that were given to private insurance companies to poorly reinvent the Medicare wheel under so-called Medicare Advantage -- a more expensive and less efficient program than traditional Medicare that ended up raising premiums on all Medicare beneficiaries.

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