Obamacare Cuts Medicare By $716B But Grimes Supports The Law

October 13, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Grimes Hurls Discredited Attack At McConnell

LEXINGTON – Team Mitch today released the following background information in response to Alison Lundergan Grimes Medicare attacks.

Obamacare Cuts Medicare By $716 Billion But Grimes Supports Law 

Affordable Care Act Cuts Medicare By $716 Billion. “As to how the Affordable Care Act actually gets to $716 billion in Medicare savings, that's a bit more complicated. John McDonough did the best job explaining it in his 2011 book, "Inside National Health Reform." There, he looked at all the various Medicare cuts Democrats made to pay for the Affordable Care Act. The majority of the cuts, as you can see in this chart below, come from reductions in how much Medicare reimburses hospitals and private health insurance companies. (Sarah Kliff, “Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion. Here’s how.,” Washington Post, 8/14/12)

Grimes “Essentially Endorsed” Obamacare At The Farm Bureau Forum. “Grimes essentially endorsed the law… She called for changes to streamline the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to "make sure there aren't overburdensome regulations," but she largely weighed in in favor of the law.” (Joe Gerth, “Grimes, McConnell trade volleys at farm forum,” Courier-Journal, 8/20/14)

Medicare Cuts Reduce Seniors Access To Health Care Providers. “The second bunch of money that gets cut from Medicare under Obamacare comes from providers. Hospitals, home health agencies and others will see Medicare payments grow more slowly than they have in the past…Providers who get paid less from Medicare in the future may be less inclined to accept Medicare patients, thereby reducing access.” (Kate Pickert, “Fact Check: Obamacare’s Medicare Cuts,” Time, 8/16/12)

Grimes Medicare Claims Called ‘Phony,’ ‘False,’ and ‘Misleading’

Washington Post Fact Checker Gave The Grimes 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 It is derived from an analysis that has been withdrawn of a plan that no longer exists.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) 

Grimes Ad Claim “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 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)

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)



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