Team Mitch Response To Grimes Reintroducing False Claim In New Ad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information in response to Alison Lundergan Grimes’ latest ad.

"It's a touching family story about a familiar circumstance to many Kentucky families followed by a totally debunked partisan attack on Senator McConnell from an increasingly desperate Alison Grimes.  Anyone who would use their grandfather's stroke to reintroduce an attack that received the triple crown of fact check false ratings has run out of justification for their candidacy," said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

BACKGROUND:

All Fact Checkers Rate Grimes’ Medicare Claims False

Washington Post

Washington Post Fact Checker Gave The Grimes Claim Their Toughest Rating Of Four Pinocchios. “It is derived from an analysis that has been withdrawn of a plan that no longer exists.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)

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)

The CBO Retracted The Projection: “In a September 2013 report, CBO found that the “average-bid” option would actually provide savings for beneficiaries; the same report essentially retracted the 2011 analysis that formed the basis of CBPP’s $6,000 projection. The nonpartisan agency said the 2011 report was a “rough analysis” and that the results are now “substantially different,” in part because of “substantial improvements in CBO’s modeling of the behavior of beneficiaries and insurers.” The earlier report also assumed that health-care spending covered by private plans would be much higher at first and then grow faster than currently estimated — in part because Ryan’s 2011 version did not include traditional Medicare as a bidding option.” (Glenn Kessler, “A Kentucky shootout over stale Medicare claims,” Washington Post, 7/11/14)

Politifact

Politifact Gave Grimes Ad Their “False” Rating. (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)

Factcheck.org Calls Grimes Ad Claim The “Whopper Of The Week. FACTCHECK.ORG WHOPPER OF THE WEEK: This week’s honor goes to Democrats who continue to insist that Republicans would increase annual Medicare costs by $6,000 per beneficiary. The latest example of this bogus claim shows up in a TV ad by Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running against Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. The $6,000 figure is based on a Congressional Budget Office analysis of Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2011 Medicare proposal, which would have phased out traditional Medicare and replaced it with a “premium support” system of government-subsidized private insurance. But it’s now clear that CBO’s $6,000 estimate was wrong. CBO now says its 2011 report was a “rough analysis” based on assumptions that have proven invalid. Also, Ryan’s Medicare plan has substantially changed since he first proposed it in 2011. The fact is, the current Republican proposal is modeled on a plan that would lower seniors’ Medicare premiums and total medical costs by 6 percent, according to the CBO. The full story, “Medicare Ghost Stories”: http://goo.gl/VV8RQt” (Elizabeth Titus, “Morning Score,”Politico, 7/11/14)

Kentucky Media

AP Calls Alison Lundergan Grimes Ad Claim “Shaky”. “Shaky claims about Medicare were common in the 2012 campaign, from President Barack Obama on down. Now they've surfaced in this year's midterm elections, in one of the hottest Senate races in the country. (Adam Beam, Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Grimes Releases First Negative TV Ad,” Associated Press, 7/8/14)

WDRB: Washington Post Fact Checker Has Debunked Similar Claims. “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." But following a speech here in Louisville, Grimes stuck by the ad. (Lawrence Smith, “Grimes launches first attack ad in U.S. Senate race,” WDRB, 7/8/14)

WPSD: “ANCHOR: We're four months from Decision 2014, and Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is going on the attack in her first negative ad. GRIMES AD: I want to know how you could have voted to raise my Medicare costs to $6000? ANCHOR: In the ad Grimes accuses her opponent, Mitch McConnell, of voting to raise a retired coal miner's Medicare costs. But there's a problem here. The plan McConnell voted on back in 2011 would not have raised this miner's costs, or anyone retired or close to retirement. That bill never did pass, failing in the Senate. (WPSD Local 6 News, 7/8/14)

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