Even Grimes Adviser John Yarmuth Says She Is Lying On Medicare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

After Getting Repeatedly Called Out By Fact Checkers For Her Mediscare Claims, Grimes Is Now Getting Called Out By Her Friends

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ top adviser, John Yarmuth, calling her out for lying about Medicare.

At A Retirement Complex Event, Grimes Claimed That The Ryan Budget Would “Risk My Grandmother’s Retirement”. “Yarmuth and Grimes blasted McConnell for supporting Social Security and Medicare reforms advocated by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. "What we have now is a senator that says privatizing Social Security is a good thing. I don't want to risk my grandmother's retirement with gambling her wages," Grimes told the crowd.” (Lawrence Smith, “Grimes, Yarmuth say McConnell would be bad for seniors,” WDRB, 10/20/14)

After Grimes Said The Ryan Budget Would Have Affected Her Grandmother, Rep. Yarmuth “Conceded” That The Ryan Budget Would Do No Such Thing. “Yarmuth conceded that Ryan's plan would not affect anyone currently on the programs, including the seniors at the rally. "It would not affect these seniors citizens. It would affect people 55 and younger, that's right," said Yarmuth.” (Lawrence Smith, “Grimes, Yarmuth say McConnell would be bad for seniors,” WDRB, 10/20/14)

Grimes’ “Phony”, “False” and “Laughable” Medicare Claims

Washington Post

Washington Post Fact Checker Gave The Grimes Medicare Claim Their Toughest Rating Of Four Pinocchios. “In any case, there is no excuse for Democrats to keep hauling out this $6,000 figure. It is derived from an analysis that has been withdrawn of a plan that no longer exists. Four Pinocchios”  (Glenn Kessler, “A Kentucky shootout over stale Medicare claims,” Washington Post, 7/11/14)

Washington Post Fact Checker Called The $6000 Figure Grimes Uses In Her Ad “Outdated And Discredited”. “That said, there is a distinction between the two claims. The Democrats’ $6,000 figure is outdated and discredited (note the small type in the ad with citations from 2011).” (Glenn Kessler, “A Kentucky shootout over stale Medicare claims,” Washington Post, 7/11/14)

The Grimes Ad Is As “Phony As A Three Dollar Bill”. “Grimes goes for a folksy approach in her advertising, but that belies a tough message — one that is amplified by having the attack delivered by an ordinary citizen. That gives it an illusion of reality, but it’s as phony as a three-dollar bill.” (Glenn Kessler, “A Kentucky shootout over stale Medicare claims,” Washington Post, 7/11/14)

Politifact

Politifact Gave Grimes Ad A False Rating. “In the Grimes campaign ad, a Kentucky resident claims that McConnell "voted to raise my medicare costs by $6,000." The $6,000 figure cited in multiple studies measures a specific amount: The average out-of-pocket costs a new senior would pay in 2022 if Medicare changed to a more privatized system. People who turned 65 prior to 2022, like the retiree in Grimes’ ad, would remain in the current Medicare system and would not incur those costs… We rate the claim False.” (Steve Contorno, “Did Mitch McConnell vote to raise a senior's Medicare costs by $6,000?,” Politifact, 7/10/14)

Under No Version Of The Ryan Plan Would The Man Featured In Grimes’ Ad Be Affected. “But here’s the catch: these figures looked at what a 65-year-old would pay in 2022. That’s because under the Ryan plan, wholesale changes to the Medicare program would not directly affect anyone 55 or older. We learned from the Grimes campaign that Disney, the retiree in her ad, is 75 years old. So under no version of the Ryan plan would Disney be liable for the $6,000-plus in additional out-of-pocket costs that future beneficiaries would have faced if the proposal had passed. (Steve Contorno, “Did Mitch McConnell vote to raise a senior's Medicare costs by $6,000?,” Politifact, 7/10/14)

Factcheck.org

Factcheck.org Labeled Grimes Claims “False” And Compared Them To A Ghost Story. “Ghost stories are fanciful, frightening tales told to children. But the claim that Republicans would increase Medicare costs by $6,000 per beneficiary is a story Democrats use to scare senior citizens — and it’s just as false. (Brooks Jackson, Robert Farley and Lori Robertson, “Medicare Ghost Stories,”Factcheck.org, 7/9/14)

Grimes Whole Ad Is Centered On A Claim That Has Been “Effectively Retracted”. “It’s also now clear that the CBO’s $6,000 estimate was wrong to begin with, and CBO has effectively retracted it. CBO now says its 2011 report was a “rough analysis” based on assumptions that have proven invalid. (Brooks Jackson, Robert Farley and Lori Robertson, “Medicare Ghost Stories,” Factcheck.org, 7/9/14)

Kentucky Media 

AP: Don Disney Would “Would See No Changes” To His Medicare Benefits. “But elderly people such as Disney — already retired or approaching retirement — would see no changes. "Current Medicare benefits are preserved for those in and near retirement," stated the bill, which failed in the Senate. (Adam Beam, Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Grimes Releases First Negative TV Ad,”Associated Press, 7/8/14)

WHAS Calls The Grimes Ad “Misleading”. “WHAS11's review of the legislation cited in the ad finds that Disney's question is misleading because the Medicare changes proposed in Rep. Paul Ryan's 2011 budget plan would not have applied to current retirees. Disney is 75 years old. The plan would have applied to those under the age of 55.” (Joe Arnold, “Grimes blasts McConnell on Medicare but star of new ad unaffected,” WHAS, 7/8/14)

WDRB: Similar Attacks Have Been Labeled “Laughable” By Fact Checkers. “The ad apparently refers to a procedural vote McConnell made in 2011 on an early version of a budget proposed by House Budget chairman Paul Ryan. But the Washington Post Fact Checker has termed similar claims by other Democratic candidates so out of date as to be "laughable" and called on them to "drop the repeated Medicare references.” (Lawrence Smith, “Grimes launches first attack ad in U.S. Senate race,” WDRB, 7/8/14)

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