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Misleading TV ad goes after Bill Nelson on Medicare

13

March

The 60 Plus Association, which portrays itself as a conservative answer to AARP, this week began TV ads in Florida against Sen. Bill Nelson, hoping to stir concerns among older voters about cuts to Medicare and rationing. It's part of a $3.5 million ad buy that includes four other senators.

The ad is almost identical to an earlier one against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a spot PolitiFact rated "Pants on Fire." The ad repeats the GOP attack line that the health care law "cuts" $500 billion from Medicare. The law slows Medicare growth by that much but spending still increases. It also asserts that a board of "15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats" would act like "a Medicare IRS with the power to cut Medicare even more." The panel, in fact, would make only recommendations that could be overruled by Congress.

The 60 Plus Association ads also target Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Jon Tester (D-MT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

- TRANSCRIPT -

PAT BOONE:
Hi friend, I’m Pat Boone.  Last year, a lot of promises were made regarding health care reform, but America’s seniors knew forcing a bill through Congress when Americans overwhelmingly opposed it would be disastrous.  And we were right.

NARRATOR:
President Obama’s health care law cuts $500 billion from Medicare to pay for a new government program.  And it creates a board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.  It’s like a Medicare IRS with the power to cut Medicare even more.

PAT BOONE:
This IPAB board can ration care and deny certain Medicare treatments so Washington can fund more wasteful spending.  Your choices could be limited and you may not be able to keep your own doctor.

Medicare will be bankrupt in nine years, but Washington politicians, like Bill Nelson, are ignoring the problem, putting their own re-elections first.

Call Senator Nelson.  Urge him to support real Medicare reform and protect our seniors.  Tell him unaccountable bureaucrats should never have the power to deny you the care you deserve.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 4:53pm]

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