Mediscare: Democratic robocalls say West, Hasner would ‘end Medicare’by George Bennett | August 14th, 2012
Undeterred by independent fact checkers who called the claim the “Lie of the Year” for 2011, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today announced it is targeting five Florida Republican House members and candidate Adam Hasner with automated phone calls that accuse them of voting to “end Medicare.”
The ads tell recipients that “Your congressman…voted for a budget that would end Medicare and now the budget’s architect, Paul Ryan, is the Republican candidate for Vice President.”
The Ryan plan would dramatically change Medicare for people 54 and younger. But Republicans dispute the “end Medicare” characterization, and nonpartisan PolitiFact.com rated the claim its “Lie of the Year” for 2011, while FactCheck.org called it a “whopper.”
Hasner is running for a Palm Beach-Broward seat against the winner of today’s Lois Frankel-Kristin Jacobs Democratic primary. Five other Republican incumbents are also being targeted, including Rep. Allen West of Palm Beach Gardens and Reps. Steve Southerland, Dan Webster, Bill Young and Vern Buchanan.
Read the complete script after the jump….
Sample of a DCCC automated phone call:
Hi. This is Julie calling from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to alert you to a new development about Medicare.
Your Congressman, Steve Southerland, voted for a budget that would end Medicare and now the budget’s architect, Paul Ryan, is the Republican candidate for Vice President.
A nonpartisan analysis showed that Ryan’s budget would raise health care costs for seniors by $6,400. The Tax Policy Center also said the Ryan budget would give people making over $1 million a year an average tax break of $265,000. And Congressman Southerland supported all of it.
That’s just wrong.
Call Congressman Steve Southerland at (850) 785-0812 and tell him to stop protecting millionaires at the expense of Medicare and the middle class.