Cox: Tonko, Schreibman Medi-scare Tactics Shameful

August 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm (Bethany Village, Bob Dieterich, Chris Gibson, Coxsackie, Ed Cox, Jimmy Vielkind, Julian Schreibman, Medi-Scare, Medicare, New York, Obamacare, Paul Tonko, Seniors)

Today New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox released the following statement in response to democrat candidate Julian Schreibman and Congressman Paul Tonko’s recent visit to the Bethany Village senior living complex in Coxsackie:
“Mr. Schreibman and Congressman Tonko should be ashamed of themselves for their disingenuous “mediscare” attacks on the Ryan budget.  Paul Tonko and Julian Schreibman are preying upon the most vulnerable among us, scaring senior citizens with lies about Medicare, while failing to lay out their own plan to save Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
Today’s Times Union article, “Politics of Fear Target Elderly,” by Jimmy Vielkind, states:
Neither Schreibman nor Tonko, an Amsterdam Democrat who joined Schreibman for the event, offered a plan with detailed savings to keep the program afloat. Schreibman spent nearly eight minutes raging against the “Ryan-Gibson” plan before he offered four broad ideas about how to shore up Medicare.”   
“Furthermore, Congressman Tonko’s vote for Obamacare has had a disastrous effect on Medicare, raiding $741 billion out of the Medicare trust to pay for an entirely new entitlement program.  If Congressman Tonko and Mr. Schreibman were really concerned about our seniors, they would focus on repealing Obamacare rather than resort to using “mediscare” tactics.
“It is time Americans be told the truth; it is time to stop politicizing such a serious issue, especially at the expense of senior citizens.  Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Republican candidate Bob Dieterich are willing to have serious and honest conversations with the American people about our economic crisis and getting out country back on the right track to freedom and prosperity.”
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DCCC’s Dishonest Medi-Scare Campaign Won’t Fool New Yorkers

August 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm (Bill Owens, Bob Turner, DCCC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democrats, Louise Slaughter, Medi-Scare, Medicare, New York, Paul Tonko, President Obama, Republican Party, Steve Israel, Tim Bishop)

Today the New York State Republican Party responded to DCCC Chairman Steve Israel’s new television ad campaign:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, led by New York’s own Steve Israel, is out with their first campaign ad of the 2012 season, in which they falsely accuse a Republican Congressman of voting to “end Medicare.”

Democrats tried these “Medi-scare” tactics last year, and they failed:

In New York’s 9th Congressional District, Republican Bob Turner won in a three-to-one Democratic district not held by a Republican since 1923 and in a swing Nevada district, the Republican won by twenty-two points.

Neither Barack Obama nor Congressional Democrats have a plan to save Medicare from bankruptcy.

In fact, only one bill in history signed by an American President actually removed funds from Medicare.

It was Obamacare, written by Democrats, signed into law by Barack Obama and passed with the votes of Steve Israel, Dan Maffei, Bill Owens, Paul Tonko, Louise Slaughter, Nita Lowey and Tim Bishop.

Team Obama’s doubling down on a failed attack line speaks volumes about their lack of confidence in their own record.

And Americans know why Democrats don’t want to discuss that:

Obama promised hope and change, but the legacy of his domestic legislative and regulatory agenda is high unemployment, the worst economic recovery in
70 years, four years of trillion-dollar deficits and the most federal government spending since World War II.

Come January, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will put America back on the path to fiscal sanity and economic prosperity.

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Flashback: Dems Claims That Ryan Would End Medicare Named "Lie of the Year"

August 12, 2012 at 10:03 am (Bill Nelson, David Axelrod, Democrats, End Medicare, Harry Reid, Julian Schreibman, Lie of the Year, Lying, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Paul Tonko, Politifact)

The question is, how do they sort through all of the lies coming out of the Democrat party during the course of an entire year?

The first line of attack against Paul Ryan out of the Democrat party has clearly been the claim that he wants to end Medicare.

Paul Tonko (D-NY):

Governor Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan confirms his commitment to the radical Republican budget. As the lead author of this extreme thinking, Paul Ryan proposed and Tea Party House Republicans passed a budget that would end the Medicare guarantee as we know it and shift costs onto the backs of seniors….

Julian Schreibman (running against Chris Gibson):

Congressman Chris Gibson’s embrace of that agenda – including supporting Ryan’s budget plan to end Medicare as we know it …

Bill Nelson (D-FL):

Romney VP pick bad for seniors. Signals an end to Medicare as we know it.

David Axelrod (Obama adviser on lying):

President Barack Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod says the Medicare changes supported by Rep. Paul Ryan, the likely Republican vice presidential candidate, would put the popular health-care plan for the elderly in “a death spiral.”

Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader on lying):

By picking Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov. Romney has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security & end Medicare as we know it. 

The problem with these claims is that they’re simply untrue.  Left-leaning Politifact even had to squash the Democrat claims back in 2011, naming it the biggest “lie of the year” (h/t Weasel Zippers).

Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically changed the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies.

Democrats pounced. Just four days after the party-line vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for health care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the DCCC, appeared on cable news shows and declared that Republicans voted to “terminate Medicare.” A Web video from the Agenda Project, a liberal group, said the plan would leave the country “without Medicare” and showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff. And just last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a fundraising appeal that said: “House Republicans’ vote to end Medicare is a shameful act of betrayal.”

After two years of being pounded by Republicans with often false charges about the 2010 health care law, the Democrats were turning the tables.

PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.

Now, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year.

In fact, if you click on the Poltifact article you’ll see nine different ways the Democrats have made the same claim laid out on the right side of the page.  Each claim that Ryan’s plan would “end Medicare” has been labeled as false, or with the more subtle “pants on fire”.

Here’s video of Paul Ryan actually explaining his plan for Medicare (h/t Twitchy):

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