The Facts About Karl Rove’s Misleading Ad
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2010
Contact: Lucinda Guinn
THE FACTS ABOUT KARL ROVE'S MISLEADING AD
American Crossroads and Karl Rove Ignore the Facts to Protect Their Best Investment -- Dan Lungren
ELK GROVE, CA -- Worried about protecting a vulnerable career politician, last week Dan Lungren and Karl Rove’s corporate slush fund began airing another false ad against Ami Bera. Imagine that. Here are the facts:
Dan Lungren has taken over $200,000 from health interests (Center for Responsive Politics). Then he does their bidding in Congress.
- Dan Lungren has repeatedly endorsed Paul Ryan's "Roadmap for American Future," calling it the "best" plan. What Lungren fails to mention is that the Paul Ryan budget would end Medicare as we know it by privatizing the program and replacing it with a voucher system. As the cost of healthcare increases, the Ryan-Lungren vouchers would cover less and less care, shifting the burden to America’s most vulnerable citizens: our seniors (8/16/10, The Washington Post).
- In 2005, Lungren voted to slash $6.4 billion in Medicare payments -- a plan denounced by the AARP. Lungren also voted against closing the prescription drug donut hole, and voted against lowering the cost of prescription drugs for seniors. (S1932, Vote #670, 12/19/05; HR 3962, #887, 11/07/09; HR 4, Vote #23, 1/12/07).
Dr. Ami Bera says the new healthcare law doesn’t go far enough in REDUCING the cost of healthcare. Ami Bera will put patients first and take on the insurance industry.
- Bera “has been vocal in his claims that the health care reform enacted earlier this year did not go far enough in challenging insurance companies,” (8/14/10, The San Francisco Chronicle).
- Dr. Bera supports “further reform of healthcare to allay costs that can debilitate small business” (10/5/2010, Sacramento Press).
- Bera “supports the new healthcare law, but worries it won’t do enough to lower costs” (4/19/2010, USA TODAY).
- “The bill fails to adequately address runaway costs…The current legislation fails to adequately address many of the inefficiencies that drive up costs. We can improve this law by taking important steps to identify and address cost drivers…By doing so, we can ensure quality care is affordable for every family, business, and individual” (“Healthcare,” www.BeraForCongress.com).
Here a few other things about the new healthcare bill that Lungren’s friends won’t tell you:
- Lower premiums -- According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the majority of families are likely to see lower premiums (8/30/10, Annenberg Pubic Policy Center; 11/30/09, “An Analysis of Health Insurance Premiums under the Patient Protection and Affordability Act", the Congressional Budget Office).
- No Medicare Cuts -- According to Factcheck.org, the new healthcare law will not cut Medicare benefits. Rather, the law puts restraint on the growth of future spending over a decade, mostly payments to hospitals and other providers (10/1/2010, Factcheck.org; 8/30/10, Annenberg Public Policy Center).
- Actually Improved Medicare -- According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the bill improved Medicare for 109,000 beneficiaries in district 3 (House Energy and Commerce Committee, “Benefits of Healthcare Reform, District by District Impact," accessed 9.19.10).