FACT CHECK: Mourdock Lies about Medicare “Cuts,” Suggests Cutting Cancer Coverage

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REALITY: MOURDOCK’S CLAIM THAT HEALTH CARE REFORM CUTS MEDICARE HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY DEBUNKED:

Health care reform does not cut Medicare.
The claim that reform cuts Medicare has been repeatedly debunked and Mourdock still repeats it. 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, like Factcheck.org, 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]

REALITY: MOURDOCK CLAIMED EMPLOYERS COULD REFUSE TO PROVIDE CANCER COVERAGE:

Mourdock: Employers Can Refuse To Cover Cancer.
“Of particular interest to the candidate is a mandate that requires an employer to pay for certain services they may be morally opposed to — such as birth control — which Mourdock said he opposes.

But is that fair to the consumer, who may want their birth control covered?

Mourdock’s example was an employer who decided to cover everything but cancer.

‘Does that employer have the right to do it? I would say yes they do if they want to keep their health care costs down but it also means it’s less likely you’re going to want to work here. If that employer wants to get the best employees coming in the door he’s going to offer the best insurance possible.’” [News and Tribune, 6/13/12]

REALITY: HEALTH CARE REFORM IS NOT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE:

Independent fact checkers have dubbed this the "Lie of the Year."
The government is not taking over medicine, taking over hospitals, or controlling doctors. Americans can stay on their employer-provided health care.  They can keep their doctors.  The ACA does not have any government-run insurance plan.  [PolitiFact, 12/16/10]

REALITY: HOW CAN STRUGGLING HOOSIERS TAKE RICHARD MOURDOCK SERIOUSLY WHEN...

Mourdock Believes Only A Small Percentage Of Americans Are Uninsured.
“Mourdock said the problem with the 2010 health care law championed by Obama is that it tries to be everything to everybody. But in so doing, Obama is shooting a cannon at a fly, he said, because only a small percentage of Americans are uninsured, with many of those facing only temporary hardships. He said the result is compromised health care. ‘If someone develops the methodology to help that narrow group of people, I’d certainly look at it,’ he said. ‘But let’s not cloud the real issue.’” [The Republic, 6/13/12]

  • Indiana has 864,400 uninsured, 14% of the population. Among the US population: 16.3% uninsured. [Kaiser]


REALITY: STUDY HAS FOUND THAT MOURDOCK’S HEALTH CARE PLAN WOULD LEAVE 72 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH CARE:

Mourdock’s plan to repeal and replace health care reform would leave 72 million Americans uninsured by 2022.
According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, Mourdock’s plan to repeal and replace health care reform would undo the popular market reforms that would expand coverage such as eliminating restrictions for preexisting conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ plans through age 26, and convert Medicaid into a block grant. These steps would swell the numbers of uninsured Americans. [TPM, 10/2/12]

REALITY: MOURDOCK’S CLAIM THAT A 15-MEMBER PANEL CAN DENY HOOSIERS CARE IS FALSE:

The Independent Payment Advisory Board is designed to reduce Medicare spending.
The IPAB would prepare and submit legislative proposals to reduce the rate that Medicare spending is growing. It cannot deny or determine anyone’s care or treatment. If Medicare spending doesn’t exceed certain targets, the Board makes no recommendations. It’s a cost cutting measure, designed to reduce the influence of special interests in Medicare, and will have no impact on seniors’ care. [Kaiser Health News, 3/22/12]

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