The conservative 60 Plus Association is launching ads in the Ohio and Florida Senate races today, criticizing Democratic incumbents for the Independent Payment Advisory Board set up by the Democratic-backed national health care law.
I reported earlier this week that 60 Plus was gearing up for a fresh round of ads. The spots – shared early with POLITICO – feature singer Pat Boone saying that “a lot of promises were made regarding health care reform,” that haven’t panned out.
“The new health care law creates a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats. It’s like a Medicare IRS, with a power to cut Medicare in order to pay for new government programs,” the narrator says.
The ads close with Boone reappearing on screen: “Call Sen. Nelson. Tell him, unaccountable bureaucrats should never have the power to deny you the care you deserve.”
The ads start running today with $276,000 behind then in Florida and $232,000 behind them in Ohio.
Which is a complete fabrication, by the way. The board can make suggestions about cutting waste and fraud, but ultimately their suggestions have to be acted upon by Congress. It's only if Congress or the President refuses to even consider their suggestions that they can be implemented without a vote on Capitol Hill. Otherwise, the board is effectively toothless...unlike the unelected insurance company officials who get to decide who lives and who dies every day by denying coverage.
Those are your real death panels, folks. And Paul Ryan wants to put them back in charge of everyone's health care, including those who would be receiving Medicare in the future and cutting benefits from those receiving Medicare now by making massive cuts to Medicaid, which goes to help the most vulnerable seniors.
It's clear that the right doesn't want to talk about Paul Ryan's plan to hurt seniors. All they can do is lie about Obamacare and hope that you once again fall for it.