If You Support Obamacare, You Support A $700 Billion Cut In Medicare


July 10, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372


LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information highlighting Alison Lundergan Grimes’ support for the implementation of Obamacare and the $700 billion in cuts to Medicare that pay for it.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes is proving to Kentuckians why she can’t be trusted to be anything more than a yes vote for the entire Obama agenda.  She supports Obamacare implementation but amazingly tries to accept no responsibility for how it’s paid for, which comes directly out of the Medicare program.  Supporting left-wing policies that have disastrous effects, while taking no responsibility for the problems they cause, is exactly what Kentuckians have come to expect from  Barack Obama and his acolytes like Alison Lundergan Grimes,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.


The Washington Post: Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion.  (Sarah Kliff, “Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion,” The Washington Post, 8/14/12)

Alison Lundergan Grimes Supports The Implementation Of Obamacare

Grimes At Gilbertsville Gaggle In August 2013: “We Need To Be Working To Find Common-Sense Solutions In Moving Forward With The Implementation” Of ObamaCare. REPORTER: “On the Affordable Care Act again, would you like to see Mitch McConnell, do you think he should sign the letter saying that…” GRIMES: “To defund the Affordable Care Act?” REPORTER: “Defund, yeah.” GRIMES: “I would tell you we have had so much heated rhetoric that has literally led this nation to the brink of default and government shutdown from Senator Mitch McConnell and I think Kentuckians are tired of that. We don’t need to go back there again. Instead, we need to be working to find common-sense solutions in moving forward with the implementation and addressing the issues that I just mentioned. There are 640,000 Kentuckians who were previously uninsured who are now going to be able to have coverage. So we don't need to be moving backwards. We need to be moving forward and we need to be finding common-sense solutions to the problems that exist with the Affordable Care Act.” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Press Gaggle, Gilbertsville, KY, 8/3/13) 

Alison Lundergan Grimes’ False ‘Mediscare’ Ad

PolitiFact Headline: “Lie Of The Year 2011: 'Republicans Voted To End Medicare'.” (Bill Adair And Angie Drobnic Holan, “Lie Of The Year 2011: 'Republicans Voted To End Medicare',” PolitiFact, 12/20/11)

PolitiFact Said That Democrats Ignore The Fact That The Ryan Plan Would Not Affect People Currently On Medicare Or People Who Join In The Next Ten Years. “They ignored the fact that the Ryan plan would not affect people currently in Medicare -- or even the people 55 to 65 who would join the program in the next 10 years.” (Bill Adair And Angie Drobnic Holan, “Lie Of The Year 2011: 'Republicans Voted To End Medicare',” PolitiFact, 12/20/11)

CBO Previously Retracted Figure Central To False Grimes Ad, Said It Was Based On “Incorrect” Assumptions. “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.In a report issued Sept. 18, it says the earlier figure was based on assumptionsthat have turned out to be incorrect. (Brooks Jackson, Robert Farley and Lori Robertson, “Fact check: Medicare ghost stories in Ky. Senate ads,” Factcheck.org, 7/9/14)

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)

Don Disney Is Not From Cloverlick, As Grimes Cited In Her Ad, And The Town Doesn’t Exist. “Disney, when reached by phone, said that he did indeed work in an Eastern Kentucky coal mine for 34 years and is a registered Democrat. Disney said his address is actually listed as Cumberland, Ky., not Cloverlick, as the Grimes ad references. Reality Check had been unable to find a town named Cloverlick, Ky. (Theo Keith, “REALITY CHECK: McConnell, Grimes claims about Medicare are false,”WAVE, 7/10/14)

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