Fact Check: Mourdock Ad Repeats Claims Rated False By Nonpartisan Fact-checkers

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Indianapolis, Ind.-- Today, Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate campaign responded to Richard Mourdock’s latest inaccurate television ad, citing nonpartisan fact-checkers who called claims in the ad “misleading” and “false.”  Mourdock also accuses Donnelly of supporting a $716 billion Medicare cut despite Mourdock’s budget not only presuming the same savings but also raising out-of-pocket expenses for seniors by over $6,000 per year.

"Richard Mourdock is continuing his 'my way or the highway' behavior, including not letting facts get in the way of a partisan attack,” said Elizabeth Shappell, Donnelly’s communications director.  “The truth is, Richard Mourdock questioned the constitutionality of Medicare and Social Security.  Mourdock's budget would end the Medicare guarantee and raise out-of-pocket costs for seniors by more than $6,000.  And who calls him Obama Joe, anyway?"



VO: Stop these lies and distortions.

Richard Mourdock is committed to
protecting and preserving Social Security
and Medicare.

It’s personal for Mourdock.

His parents, veterans of World War Two,
rely on these important programs.
Mourdock Challenged The Constitutionality Of Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid. Reported the Evansville Courier & Press, “‘I challenge you in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where those so-called enumerated powers are listed. I challenge you to find words that talk about Medicare or Medicaid or, yes, even Social Security,’ he [Mourdock] said then.  He does not specifically refer to the programs as unconstitutional, and does not call for their repeal. He does, though, say: ‘Nowhere is the word entitlement present in the enumerated powers.’”  The newspaper continues, “‘It [A MaorityPAC Ad] also says Mourdock claimed "a plan that essentially ends Medicare’ — a reference to the proposal by Republican Mitt Romney's running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, to instead hand seniors a voucher to purchase private insurance — does not go far enough.  He has praised Ryan's plan, but said in a meeting with Purdue University's College Republicans chapter that he doesn't think it ‘goes far enough, fast enough to start to roll back the scope of government.’” [Evansville Courier & Press, 8/23/12]

Mourdock supports the Ryan Budget, which would have repealed all the benefits of health care reform, but adopted all but "$10 billion of the nearly $500 [now $716B] billion in Medicare savings."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]
It’s Joe Donnelly who already voted twice
for ObamaCare,

Cutting seven hundred billion dollars
from Medicare,

Denying services for seniors,

Cutting Medicare Advantage.
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]

Economists characterized calls to repeal the savings “puzzling and bogus” and said it would raise out-of-pocket costs for seniors.  Reported the New York Times, “While Republicans have raised legitimate questions about the long-term feasibility of the reimbursement cuts, analysts say, to restore them in the short term would immediately add hundreds of dollars a year to out-of-pocket Medicare expenses for beneficiaries....For those reasons, Henry J. Aaron, an economist and a longtime health policy analyst at the Brookings Institution and the Institute of Medicine, called Mr. Romney’s vow to repeal the savings “both puzzling and bogus at the same time.”  Marilyn Moon, vice president and director of the health program at the American Institutes for Research, calculated that restoring the $716 billion in Medicare savings would increase premiums and co-payments for beneficiaries by $342 a year on average over the next decade; in 2022, the average increase would be $577.” [New York Times, 8/21/12]
No wonder they call Donnelly, “Obama
Joe Donnelly opposed the President more than 30% of the time, and broke with his party more than all but six Democrats.  [CQ Custom Member Profile, 2/2012; National Journal Vote Rankings 2011]

And seriously, who calls him that?



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