Indianapolis, Ind.-- Today, Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate campaign responded to Richard Mourdock’s first general election television ad, citing nonpartisan fact-checkers who called claims in the ad “misleading” and “false”. Mourdock also accuses Donnelly of supporting a $500 Billion Medicare cut despite Mourdock’s support for the Ryan Plan, which not only presumes the same savings but also raises out-of-pocket expenses for seniors by over $6,000.
“In his latest ad, Richard Mourdock lies about his record in order to cover up his support to essentially end Medicare for seniors,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director. “It is disappointing that he would play partisan politics--yet again--with a program currently helping thousands of Hoosier seniors. Not only does Mourdock support cutting Medicare; he has questioned the constitutionality of Medicare. We need a U.S. Senator with Hoosier common sense who is focused on jobs, not partisan politics.”
|“The Supreme Court made one thing clear, Obamacare will raise our taxes.||The ACA provides American families and small businesses with $806 billion in tax credits. An estimated 18 million individuals and families will receive tax credits of about $4,000 each to help them afford health care coverage. [CBO, 3/2012]|
|But President Obama and Congressman Donnelly weren’t honest with us. Obamacare cuts Medicare services to seniors by $500 billion dollars...||Mourdock supports the Ryan Budget, which would have repealed all the benefits of health care reform, but adopted all but "$10 billion of the nearly $500 billion in Medicare savings." "It’s rather rich for Republicans to complain about $500 billion in supposed cuts to Medicare that they themselves would retain." Mourdock’s plan would also raise health care costs for seniors by over $6,000. [Washington Post, 6/14/11; CBPP,4/15/11; Senate Vote 77, 5/25/11; House Vote 277, 4/15/11]
Health care reform does not cut Medicare. This claim has repeatedly been found to be false. The Washington Post called it “misleading,” and found that the health care bill “actually puts Medicare on a more solid financial footing.” Other independent fact checkers agree and stressed that “time and again” they've pointed out exactly how misleading this claim is. [Washington Post, 6/14/11; FactCheck.org, 9/17/10, 8/20/10, 3/19/10, 6/13/12]
|...and causes businesses to drop millions of workers from their health care coverage.||Health care reform provides tax credits to small businesses. The bill provides small businesses nationwide $40 billion worth of voluntary tax credits to help them offer health insurance coverage. [Small Business Majority, 7/2010]|
|We didn’t ask for this. I’m Richard Mourdock, and I approve this message because I’ll vote to repeal the Obamacare tax and Congressman Donnelly won’t.”||Joe Donnelly has a long record of fighting to improve the health care bill, voting to repeal the 1099 requirement and co-sponsoring the repeal of the health care bill’s tax on medical device manufacturers. The Protect Medical Innovation Act passed the House 270-146, in June 2012, with 233 Republicans and 37 Democrats supporting the repeal. [thomas.loc.gov, accessed 7/18/12]|