Akin factor: Dems blast Hasner’s support for Ryan budget as anti-woman; Hasner rips ‘scare tactics’by George Bennett | August 21st, 2012
Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin‘s remarks about “legitimate rape” have revived Democratic talk of a “war on women” by the GOP.
Democrats have long blasted Paul Ryan‘s budget plan as a threat to seniors, but today the Florida Democratic Party reframed it as a threat to women. The Democrats accused Republican congressional candidate Adam Hasner of supporting a plan that “would turn Medicare into a voucher program, raising the cost of healthcare for women in south Florida by thousands of dollars every year.”
Hasner. who faces Democrat Lois Frankel in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22, accused Democrats of “scare tactics” and said the Ryan plan will save Medicare for future retirees.
Pulling a page from Ryan’s and Sen. Marco Rubio‘s campaign playbooks, Hasner also noted that his own mother is a Medicare beneficiary and he wants to preserve the program for her.
The Florida Dems also highlighted former state House majority leader Hasner’s support in Tallahassee for legislation requiring a woman seeking an abortion to first view an ultrasound and other votes that included cutting money for women’s health programs.
“It’s no surprise that Adam Hasner supports Paul Ryan’s budget: just like Ryan and the Republicans in Washington, Hasner has shown time and again a complete disregard for the needs of Florida’s seniors and women,” said a statement by Florida Democratic Party spokeswoman Brannon Jordan.
“Ryan’s plan to raise health care costs for Florida’s women by turning Medicare into a voucher program are perfectly in line with Hasner’s own long record of voting to slash healthcare funding for women in Tallahassee, and restrict women’s access to the lifesaving health care they need. Republicans like Hasner continue to show Floridians, through both their words and actions, that they simply aren’t on the side of our mothers, sisters and daughters.”
Hasner’s response: “The constant scare tactics and name calling won’t help solve the fiscal fact that Medicare is going broke. My mother relies on Medicare and I would never do anything that would hurt her, or reduce the benefits of anyone currently enrolled in Medicare or close to retirement.
“The bipartisan Wyden-Ryan plan doesn’t make any changes to the Medicare that Americans 55 and older expect. It will save Medicare for seniors who depend on it today, and strengthen it for future generations. Lois Frankel supports raiding $700 billion from Medicare in order to pay for the Washington healthcare takeover that will limit healthcare choices and she owes South Florida seniors an explanation for her plan that speeds up the insolvency of Medicare.”