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Saturday
Sep052009

DNC - NEW DNC TELEVISION AD CALLS REPUBLICANS OUT ON THEIR DECADES LONG EFFORT TO KILL MEDICARE 

ADS TO RUN NATIONALLY AND IN10 REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BLAST REPUBLICANS FOR VOTING TO KILL MEDICARE

 

 

WATCH “REPUBLICANS WANT TO END MEDICARE”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59qMNRHupNI  

 

WATCH TARGETED VERSION OF "REPUBLICANS WANT TO END MEDICARE": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wqxr18PjG0  

 

For YouTube Links to Additional Targets Email Megan Jacobs at jacobsm@dnc.org  

 

Washington, D.C. – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) today released a new television ad set to run on national and District of Columbia cable stations, andin ten Republican congressional districts,blasting the Republican Party for voting earlier this year to abolish Medicare and for it's decades long hostility towards the health care program for our nation's seniors. As the ad, “Republicans Want to End Medicare" argues, the Republican Party has sought for decades to gut Medicare funding and tried multiple times to kill the program entirely. Justthis year, 137 Republicans votedin the House for a budget proposal offered by the Republican leadership which would have ended Medicare for future generations of seniors. "No Friendto Seniors" is running in the districts of U.S. Reps. EricCantor (VA), John Boehner (OH), Lee Terry (NE), Patrick Tiberi (OH), Mary Bono Mack (CA), Don Young (AK), Paul Ryan (WI), Michele Bachmann (MN), Jean Schmidt (OH), and Erik Paulsen (MN).

 

DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement:

 

“You know that Republican attempts to lie and mislead the public have reached the height of absurdity when the GOP – a party which has worked for decades to kill a program that provides health care to 40million seniors – tries to portray itself as an ally to this country’s senior citizens. The truth is that while Republicans have opposed Medicare since its inception, Democrats have worked for more than 40 years to strengthen the program. The President’s proposed health insurance reforms would strengthen Medicare by cutting waste, ending special interest subsidies that are undermining the program and closing the prescrtiption drug program's donut hole. While the President's plan wouldn't cut one dime from the benefits seniors are receiving from Medicare, Republicans in the House voted earlier this year to abolish a program that has been vital to seniors, their health and their quality of life for over forty years. The Republican Party has opposed Medicare, tried to dismantle Social Security just four years ago and is now opposing plans to strengthen Medicare for generations to come. Republicans are no friends of seniors."

 

 

“Republicans Want to End Medicare” National AD

9-4-09

 

SCRIPT

BACKUP

Republicans want to end Medicare. You heard right, Republicans actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations - one of the most important programs for seniors.






 

 

 

THE PROPOSED REPUBLICAN BUDGET GUTTED MEDICARE

AP: The Republican Budget Would "End Medicare As It Is Presently Known." "For their part, House Republicans are offering an alternative that eventually would end Medicare as it is presently known." [AP, 4/1/09]

4/5 Of House Republicans Voted For The Republican Budget Substitute. 137 Republicans voted for the Rep. Ryan budgetsubstitute amendment. [H Con Res 85, Vote 191, 4/2/09 ]

National Journal's Ron Brownstein: Steele's Pledge To "Protect Medicare"MightHave Been "More Convincing Had It Not Come Five Months After Nearly Four-Fifths Of House Republicans Voted To Literally End The Program As We Know It For All Americans Younger Than 55." "Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's pledge this week to 'protect Medicare' might have been more convincing had it not come five months after nearly four-fifths of House Republicans voted to literally end the program as we know it for all Americans younger than 55. They cast that vote on April 2 in support of a GOP alternative budget plan that would have converted Medicare from an open-ended entitlement that guarantees seniors virtually unlimited access to care into a voucher system that provides future retirees only a fixed sum of money to purchase private health insurance." [Ron Brownstein, National Journal, 8/28/09 ]

The GOP Budget Would Gut Medicare And Replace The Benefit With A Reduced Health Care Subsidy. According to the AP, "On Medicare, workers under the age of 55 would enroll in private plans and receive premium subsidies equal to the average Medicare benefit when they retire. Benefits would not be changed for people in the program or people 55 or older." According to Rep. Paul Ryan, "We preserve the existing Medicare program for all those 55 or older; and then, to make the program sustainable and dependable, those 54 and younger will enter a Medicare program reformed to work like the health plan members of Congress and federal employees now enjoy. Starting in 2021, seniors would receive a premium support payment equal to 100% of the Medicare benefit on average. This would be income related, so low-income seniors receive extra support, and high-income seniors receive support relative to their incomes -- along the same lines as the president's Medicare Part D proposal." [AP, 4/1/09; Rep. Paul Ryan op-ed, WSJ, 4/1/09]

The GOP Budget "Contemplates Major Cuts To Medicare." "But the Republican alternative budget doesn't drastically cut spending for most programs, rather freezing it in place through 2014. It rescinds some of the stimulus spending and contemplates major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. 'What they're proposing [with regard to Medicare and Medicaid] far exceeds anything that's ever been accomplished before and would require deep eviscerating cuts, maybe even voucherizing the Medicare program,' said Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina, the lead author of the Democratic budget." [Huffington Post, 4/1/09 ]

America's seniors have relied on Medicare for over forty years - and Democrats are working to strengthen Medicare.


HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM ELIMINATES WASTE AND ROOTS OUT FRAUD AND ABUSE IN MEDICARE WHILE DOING NOTING TO TAKE AWAY CHOICES FOR SENIORS – IT WILL EVEN EXPAND BENEFITS FOR SENIORS BY CLOSING THE “DONUT HOLE” IN THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT

 

Obama Said That Health Insurance Reform Would Not Cut Medicare Benefits. Obama: "It's not going to reduce Medicare benefits. What it's going to do is to change how those benefits are delivered so that they're more efficient." [New York Times, 7/22/09 ]

 

The Health Care Bill Would Achieve Key Efficiencies And Eliminates Fraud And Waste In Medicare Without Making Any Cuts That Hurt Seniors. “The House bill requires hospitals, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies to achieve key efficiencies and eliminate waste in Medicare (including eliminating overpayments that are driving up profits for Medicare Advantage plans) and toughens our ability to root out fraud and abuse – but does not make cuts that hurt seniors. It also does nothing to take away choices for seniors.” [Office of the Speaker, 7/22/09 ]

 

The Health Care Bill Would Improve Provisions To Improve Medicare For Seniors, Including Filling The “Donut Hole” In The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. “On the contrary, the bill includes several key provisions that improve Medicare benefits for seniors, including the following: Phases in completely filling in the ‘donut hole’ in the Medicare prescription drug benefit (where drug costs are not reimbursed at certain levels), potentially savings seniors thousands of dollars a year; Eliminates co-payments and deductibles for preventive services under Medicare; Limits cost-sharing requirements in Medicare Advantage plans to the amount charged for the same services in traditional Medicare coverage; and Improves the low-income subsidy programs in Medicare, such as by increasing asset limits for programs that help Medicare beneficiaries pay premiums and cost-sharing.” [Office of the Speaker, 7/22/09 ]

But the plain truth is, Republicans have opposed Medicare from the start. Their leaders have called for cutting Medicare - and now for killing it.


REPUBLICANS OPPOSED IT FROM ITS CREATION

 

George H.W. Bush: Described Medicare in 1964 as “socialized medicine.” [1964 ]

 

Barry Goldwater: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.” [1964]

 

Bob Dole: In 1996, while running for the Presidency, Dole openly bragged that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965. “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.” [1965 ]

 

REPUBLICAN LEADERS PRAISED BUSH’S PROPOSED MEDICARE CUTS

 

Rep. Ryan Praised President Bush’s Budget That Proposed Cuts To Medicare. “The President's budget achieves the important goal of balancing the budget in the near term – without raising taxes – through fiscal policies that promote economic growth, and limit federal spending to realistic levels. The President's budget also recognizes that our nation's challenges go well beyond the next few years. This budget takes a significant, critical step toward addressing the greatest threat to our nation's future strength and prosperity -- the unsustainable growth of our largest entitlement programs. While acknowledging it doesn't 'fix' the entitlement problem in one fell swoop, this budget proposes reforms that would reduce Medicare's long-term unfunded liability by nearly one third.” According to the New York Times, Bush’s budget called “for large cuts in the growth of Medicare, far exceeding what he proposed last year, and he will again seek major savings in Medicaid, according to administration officials and budget documents.” [Rep. Paul Ryan release , 2/4/08; New York Times , 1/31/08]

 

Rep. Boehner Called Bush’s Budget That Proposed Cuts In Medicare An “Important First Step” For Reining In Medicare Spending. Boehner: “As our nation faces increasing economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever to stay on track toward balancing the budget without raising taxes on families and small businesses.... Finally, I invite the Majority to join Republicans in committing to long-term, fundamental entitlement reform. Last fall, the first Baby Boomer received a Social Security check, reminding us all of the fiscal tsunami our nation will face if we do not act to prevent a catastrophic collision between entitlement programs and bankruptcy. For the good of current and future generations, this challenge must be addressed. It is the height of irresponsibility to simply ignore this issue, as Democrats did in their budget last year, and have done for many years. It is time to work together and make the difficult choices necessary to preserve these programs so their exploding costs do not threaten future generations. The President’s budget is an important starting point for this conversation – one that I hope will continue in the weeks and months to come.” According to the New York Times, Bush’s budget called “for large cuts in the growth of Medicare, far exceeding what he proposed last year, and he will again seek major savings in Medicaid, according to administration officials and budget documents.” [Rep. Boehner release , 2/4/08; New York Times , 1/31/08]

 

Bush Called For Hundred Of Billions In Cuts To Medicare And Medicare. “Depending on whom you ask, the budget that President Bush proposed last week will save or sink Medicare and Medicaid, two popular programs that, along with Social Security, threaten to swamp the federal budget as the baby-boom generation retires. Bush, citing the need for fiscal responsibility, proposed reducing by $101 billion over five years the spending growth of the two health programs, which serve 93 million people and will cost the government $564 billion this year. One of his most controversial ideas is to charge wealthier seniors higher Medicare premiums for the second time in the program's 41-year history.” [Washington Post, 2/11/07 ]

 

REPUBLICANLEADERS TRIED TO DESTROY MEDICARE IN THE 1990s

 

Newt Gingrich In 1995: Even Though We’d Like To, We Can’t Get Rid Of Medicare “In Round One Because We Don’t Think That That’s Politically Smart...But We Believe It’s Going To Wither On The Vine.” Newt Gingrich said to a Blue Cross/Blue Shield conference in 1995, “[n]ow let me talk a little bit about Medicare...So what we’re trying to do, first of all, is say, O.K., here is a government monopoly plan. We’re designing a free-market plan. Now, they’re very different models. You know, we tell Boris Yeltsin, ‘Get rid of centralized command bureaucracies. Go to the marketplace.’ O.K., what do you think the Health Care Financing Administration is? It’s a centralized command bureaucracy. It’s everything we’re telling Boris Yeltsin to get rid of. Now, we don’t get rid of it in round one because we don’t think that that’s politically smart, and we don’t think that’s the right way to go through a transition. But we believe it’s going to wither on the vine because we think people are voluntarily going to leave it –voluntarily.” [New York Times , 7/20/96]

 

Republicans Sought To Cut 14% From Medicare Over Only Seven Years In 1995, Planned To “Sharply Raise Medicare Premiums For Affluent Elderly People, Reduce Payments To Doctors And Hospitals And Let Beneficiaries Switch From Medicare To Private Health Plans.” In an article with the headline, “G.O.P’s Plan to Cut Medicare Faces a Veto, Clinton Promises,” the New York Times reported that, “President Clinton said today that he would veto the Republicans' legislative package for Medicare and Medicaid. He said that their proposals for large savings in the Government health plans for the elderly and the poor would have ‘Draconian consequences’ and would ‘dismantle Medicare as we know it.’... The Republicans seek to cut $270 billion, or 14 percent, from projected Medicare spending during the next seven years... The Republicans would sharply raise Medicare premiums for affluent elderly people, reduce payments to doctors and hospitals and let beneficiaries switch from Medicare to private health plans.” [New York Times , 9/16/95]

 

The Republican Party - No Friend of Seniors.

 

The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising

 

 

 

 

National Spot "Republicans Want to End Medicare"

 

Republicans want to end Medicare. You heard right, Republicans actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations - one of the most important programs for seniors.

America's seniors have relied on Medicare for over forty years - and Democrats are working to strengthen Medicare.

 

But the plain truth is, Republicans have opposed Medicare from the start. Their leaders have called for cutting Medicare - and now for killing it.

The Republican Party - No Friend of Seniors.

The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.


TARGETED SPOT TEMPLATE:

 

Republicans want to end Medicare. You heard right, NAME [actually] voted to abolish Medicare for future generations - one of the most important programs for seniors.

America's seniors have relied on Medicare for over forty years - and Democrats are working to strengthen Medicare.

 

But the plain truth is, Republicans have opposed Medicare from the start. Their leaders have called for cutting Medicare - and now for killing it.

NAME - No Friend of Seniors.

The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.


CUSTOMIZED LINES FOR TARGETED HITS:

 

You heard right, Lee Terry actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Patrick Tiberi voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Mary Bono Mack voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Don Young actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Paul Ryan actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Michele Bachmann voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Jean Schmidt actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Erik Paulsen actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, John Boehner actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations

 

You heard right, Eric Cantor actuall voted to abolish Medicare for future generations


CLOSING LINE

Lee Terry - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Patrick Tiberi - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Mary Bono Mack - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Don Young - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Paul Ryan - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Michele Bachmann - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Jean Schmidt - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Erik Paulsen - No Friend of Seniors.

 

John Boehner - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Eric Cantor - No Friend of Seniors.

 

Saturday
Sep052009

SEIA MEMBER GIVES CHU, SCHWARZENEGGER TOUR OF CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY 

Department of Energy loan guarantee will help solar panel manufacturer Solyndra create thousands of jobs

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement on today’s visit by Energy Secretary Steven Chu and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the headquarters of SEIA member company, Solyndra Inc. in Fremont California:

 

“Today, Solyndra showed Secretary Chu and Governor Schwarzenegger why a policy investment in the solar industry is one of the best values for creating American jobs. The Department of Energy loan guarantee will allow Solyndra to build a manufacturing plant that will create 3,000 construction jobs and 1,000 long-term jobs. The loan guarantee will go a long way to replacing jobs lost from the upcoming closure of the local Toyota auto plant.

 

“This is another example of how the solar industry is emerging as an economic engine and stepping up to the plate to fill the job void left by traditional manufacturing sectors. This is the first of what we expect to be many projects from solar companies nationwide as DOE and other federal agencies make funding announcements for programs put in place by Congress in the previous energy bill and Recovery Act.”

 

Friday
Sep042009

Statement from Lt. Barry of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Regarding Security Measures at Congresswoman Shea-Porter's Health Care Town Hall Events 

Statement from Lieutenant William Barry of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in response to allegations regarding security measures at Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s health care town hall events:

 

September 1, 2009

 

I was at the town hall meeting on August 29, 2009 that was held in Manchester N.H. at the federal building. I was there working in the capacity of helping out with security for the Federal Protection Service. I arrived at the federal building at approximately 10:15am. I was told that the people who would attend the meeting were already screened and were upstairs in the meeting room. I was told that the first 100 people that were in line were allowed access. I was also told that raffle tickets were given out and that numbers would be drawn randomly for people to ask questions.

 

I went to the room where the event was going to be held at approximately 10:30am. I noticed one person who was arguing with several people accusing them of not being from the district or that they were from another state. At this time an agent for the Federal Protection Service told the audience how the event was going to be held. He told them to be respectful and allow people to ask their questions and make their statements. He also told them that they would be asked to leave if they became disruptive. He explained to them that people were going to be drawn randomly to ask questions.

 

The meeting started at approximately 11:05am. Towards the end of the meeting, Mr. Carl Tomanelli was escorted out of the meeting. Mr. Tomanelli was very disruptive throughout the meeting and was told repeatedly to quiet down. He continuously interrupted people who were asking questions or making statements that he didn’t agree with. At no time did Representative Shea-Porter advise an officer to escort Mr. Tomanelli from the building.

 

Sincerely,

Lt. William Barry

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

 

Friday
Sep042009

NH Senate Republican Statement on Democrats' Call for an Income Tax 

Concord, NH – Today, Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) responded to House Speaker Terie Norelli's declaration that she is open to an income tax for New Hampshire:

 

“$1 billion in new spending and now Democrats want to look at an income tax! The Democrats desire for an income tax shows how legislative leaders in Concord have lost touch with New Hampshire citizens. That is exactly the wrong direction for New Hampshire.

 

"Republicans in the House and Senate continue to seek a bipartisan Plan B for the potential budget crisis that focuses on spending restraint, not new taxes on the working families of New Hampshire.

 

“We call on Governor Lynch to direct his Democrat Legislative leaders to focus on responsible solutions to looming budget issues, instead of conjuring up harmful ideas of new taxes.”

 

Find the Portsmouth Herald Article here: http://tinyurl.com/m2j7mj

 

Friday
Sep042009

CPR - NORELLI FLOATS INCOME TAX IDEA; CORNERSTONE RESPONDS 

Concord, NH - In an article published in today's seacoastonline.com, House Speaker, Terie Norelli, stated that she would be "open-minded" in exploring future revenue schemes for the state, including the implementation of an income tax.

 

Commenting on the Speaker's remarks, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, said the following: "Once again, the Speaker is demonstrating just how out of touch she is with New Hampshire voters. Has she not heard anything the people have been saying at the recent town hall meetings? The public is fed-up with out of control government spending both on the federal and state levels. Rather than holding a summit to examine new tax revenue schemes for the state, the Speaker ought to be holding a summit to examine all areas of state spending to determine where tax-payer dollars can bebetter spent."

 

In the article, the Speaker indicates that "aneconomic summit will be held in Concord this fall 'to try to figure out whether the way we do things in New Hampshire is working' — and all revenue sources would be on the table."