Team Mitch Response To Alison Lundergan Grimes ‘Mediscare’ Ad


July 8, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information in response to Alison Lundergan Grimes resorting to false Medicare attacks four months from the election.

"It says a lot about the candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes that she's a full four months away from the election and she already hit the panic button by resorting to the oldest, most cynical attack in the Obama playbook to scare Kentucky seniors. The simple reality is that Senator McConnell has fought to protect Medicare, while Alison Lundergan Grimes and her political benefactors have raided it by $700 billion to pay for Obamacare,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.  


Washington Post Fact Checker Calls The Claim “Laughable”. “It’s really time for Democrats to drop these repeated “Mediscare” references to a supposed $6,000 increase in premiums. It is so out of date as to be laughable. (Glenn Kessler, “Four Pinocchios for yet another Democrat ‘Mediscare’ ad,” Washington Post, 6/20/14)

Grimes Supports ObamaCare Which Cuts $700 Billion From Medicare

Grimes 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)

ObamaCare Cuts “An Estimated $700 Billion From Medicare” But Grimes Still Supports It. WHAS 11’s JOE ARNOLD: “Because the Affordable Care Act changes Medicare payment formulas, cutting an estimated $700 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years, Republicans argue ObamaCare will hurt senior citizens. So I asked Grimes does she agrees, and if so whether the health care expansion should be delayed?” GRIMES: “I’m troubled with certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act. But we're here at the State Fair and if there's three reasons why Kentuckians, especially our seniors need access to affordable health care coverage, you just have to look over to the right where you see the donut burger, the chili cheesesteak and the covered French fries that are here. There are 640,000 Kentuckians who previously did not have access to insurance and as Senator McConnell himself has acknowledged, there are some good things but we don’t need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.” (WHAS11, 8/20/13)

Grimes, Nuclear Option And Medicare

Grimes On “Nuclear Option”: “It Is Worth Us Taking Action To Make Sure That We Move Senate Procedure Along.” “When asked by a reporter if she would support the same move if Republicans controlled the Senate, Grimes said ‘there is blame on both sides of the aisle.’ ‘In terms of the vote that happened yesterday, I think there is blame on both sides of the aisle,’ Grimes said. ‘It is worth us taking action to make sure that we move Senate procedure along.’” (Sam Youngman, “Alison Lundergan Grimes Talks With Farmers About Government Regulation, Gay Marriage,” Lexington Herald Leader, 11/22/13)

·      At First, Grimes Demurred When Asked About Harry Reid Invoking The “Nuclear Option.” “Grimes was asked after the roundtable about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoking the so-called ‘nuclear option’ Thursday that allows most presidential appointments to pass the Senate with 51 votes, instead of a 60-vote supermajority. Grimes said as she talks to Kentuckians, ‘they don't view it as a procedural problem as we talk about how to get Kentuckians back to work.’ ‘They view it as a Mitch McConnell problem,’ Grimes said. ‘And the answer to that we will be able to solve a year from now with this election and our first female United States senator.’” (Sam Youngman, “Alison Lundergan Grimes Talks With Farmers About Government Regulation, Gay Marriage,” Lexington Herald Leader, 11/22/13)

Grimes’ Openness To Changing The Rules On Filibuster Will Make It Easier For Obama To Fill ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) With Appointees. “The Senate's decision to go ‘nuclear’ breathes new life into a dormant but extremely controversial part of Obamacare. The Senate's rules change will likely make it much easier for President Obama to fill the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB—a 15-member panel tasked with slowing the growth in Medicare spending.” (Sam Baker, “'Nuclear Option' Revives A Big, Controversial Part Of Obamacare,” National Journal, 11/21/13)

·      With A 51-Vote Threshold For Appointments, Obama Will Be Able to Fill IPAB And Move Ahead With “One Of The Most Significant Cost-Control Measures” Of ObamaCare. “But now that the Senate has moved to a 51-vote threshold for executive appointments, Obama will likely be able to fill the board and move ahead with one of the most significant cost-control measures in his signature health care law—if he wants to.” (Sam Baker, “'Nuclear Option' Revives A Big, Controversial Part Of Obamacare,” National Journal, 11/21/13)

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