In an ad attacking Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce takes a 2010 quote by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) out of context in order to suggest that Democrats hid the law’s contents from the American people. In fact, Pelosi said she was eager for Americans to learn more about the Affordable Care Act “away from the fog of the controversy” created in large part by Republican misinformation – such as the other false claims in the ad about Medicare “cuts” and “lost jobs.”Read more after the jump.
Issues: Health Care
An ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticizes Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, listing a series of negative things “we know about Obamacare.” Those bits of supposed knowledge, however, are badly misinformed. Despite the ad’s allegations, the health care law does not “kill jobs,” does not “cut” Medicare benefits, and lowers deficits by more than $200 billion over a decade. Unfortunately, such dishonest attacks have become standard for the Chamber, which took mountains of money from health insurers to fight against reform.Read more after the jump.
In an ad attacking Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his support of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleges that “Obamacare will cost taxpayers nearly $2 trillion, kill jobs, and could disrupt coverage for millions.” Those claims significantly distort the facts, and repealing the law, as the Chamber advocates, would cause millions of Americans to lose coverage. The Chamber’s dishonesty is predictable, however, given that the group has received massive donations from the insurance industry to fight against reform.Read more after the jump.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) with vintage distortions of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on seniors. The ad portrays the law as “a nightmare for Florida seniors” by misleadingly suggesting it will knock 20 million people off their current health care coverage and claiming it is paid for with “$500 billion in Medicare cuts.” No matter how many times that old claim is recited, there’s still no cut to Medicare benefits in the bill – and the spending provisions the ad refers to were included in the GOP’s budget.Read more after the jump.
In an ad attacking former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) for supporting the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce resorts to the dishonest claim that the law will knock 20 million people off their current health care coverage. The Chamber ad also cited Florida U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling against the law, which legal scholars considered problematic even before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in June.Read more after the jump.
President Obama’s opponents have spent more than three years blaming him for the economic mess the Bush administration left behind, but an ad from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is particularly disingenuous. Taking aim at the Obama campaign’s slogan “Forward,” Crossroads cherry-picks several statistics to claim the country has moved “backward” under the president. However, the economic picture they paint only reflects the magnitude of the recession that started in late 2007, almost a year before Obama was elected. In addition to whitewashing the dismal Bush record, Crossroads conveniently ignores significant evidence of progress, such as the 4.5 million private-sector jobs added over 29 consecutive months of growth.Read more after the jump.
Crossroads GPS links Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) to President Obama, alleging that Democratic policies that both supported are responsible for “trillion-dollar deficits.” However, the projected deficit was already over $1 trillion at Obama’s inauguration as a result of Bush administration policies, including expensive tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. The only example of a “budget-busting” policy cited in the ad is the Affordable Care Act, which actually reduces deficits over time.Read more after the jump.
Crossroads GPS’ attacks Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for supporting the “failed stimulus,” citing “19,000 jobs lost in Missouri since 2009.” However, a previous 2010 ad decrying “almost 100,000 Missouri jobs lost” undermines Crossroads’ case that Democratic policies are destroying jobs. In fact, the Recovery Act is responsible for millions of jobs nationwide, and Missouri’s unemployment rate has fallen by over 2 percentage points since the recession officially ended in June 2009. The ad’s other claims about “costly Obamacare,” prescription drug expenses, and federal deficits are similarly misleading.Read more after the jump.
An ad from Crossroads GPS attacks Rep. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) over her support for the Affordable Care Act, but gets nearly everything wrong in the process. Rather than costing money, as Crossroads claims, the health care reform law will reduce deficits over time, and it doesn’t cut Medicare benefits. Those “unelected bureaucrats” – the Independent Payment Advisor Board – must be confirmed by the Senate, and they can’t ration care.Read more after the jump.
The 60 Plus Association, which describes itself as a “conservative alternative to the AARP,” released an ad targeting several Democratic senators for their support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the ads rely on debunked claims designed to scare seniors. In reality, the ACA reduces future spending without ‘cutting’ current Medicare benefits, the Senate-confirmed Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not have the power to “ration care,” and the law actually improves Medicare’s finances. Additionally, the health care law benefits seniors by closing the prescription drug donut hole and expanding providing free preventive services.Read more after the jump.