Reid-Landrieu Scramble to Distract from the Truth
The truth will set you free...unless you're Mary Landrieu in which case the campaign strategy is "run and hide from the truth about her record."
In a desperate effort to stop her polls from plummeting and distract from her broken promises to Louisianians, Mary Landrieu launched an ad so disingenuous it would make Pinocchio blush. Yesterday, President Obama and Mary Landrieu received PolitiFact's “Lie of the Year” award for falsely promising Louisianians "if you like your health care, you can keep it" under ObamaCare. A lie Landrieu spouted more than once.
Now as a major credibility crisis threatens Landrieu's campaign, the Super PAC for Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are dumping outside liberal money into Louisiana, hoping to change the subject from the fact that at least 93,000 Louisianians' health care plans are in jeopardy. Democrats are lobbing desperate and misleading claims about the opponent they fear most, Dr. Bill Cassidy. It seems that Mary Landrieu and her team have forgotten that she once praised the compromise that raised the Social Security retirement age to 67 as “saving” the program.
Even more hypocritical, Mary Landrieu has endangered entitlements instead of working to save, protect, and preserve them. The truth is Mary Landrieu’s deciding vote for ObamaCare eliminates $716 billion from Medicare - including nearly $10 billion directly from Louisiana. This also includes $154 billion from Medicare Advantage – which will hurt seniors. According to the Wall Street Journal, doctors are already being cut from Medicare Advantage plans because of the Administration's cuts to the program, and the New York Daily News reported that, "due to reductions in funding under the law, the Medicare Advantage programs, in which Medicare provides money for private insurers to cover seniors, have quietly started to cancel the contracts of providers to save money."
Facts are a stubborn thing for Harry Reid and Mary Landrieu...
Landrieu Said Raising The Retirement Age Saved Social Security Once Before
In 2005, Landrieu Praised The 1983 Law That Gradually Raised The Retirement Age From 65 To 67, Which She Said “Saved The Program.” “In fact, there have been minor and major amendments to the Social Security program all along the way, including most recently, an effort led by President Reagan and Senators Dole and Moynihan in 1983. With a few adjustments, such as stalling the cost of living increase and slowly raising the retirement age, they were able to not only save the program, but to generate surpluses that continue to this day.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “"A Louisiana Conversation on Social Security" Opening Remarks by Sen. Landrieu (As Prepared),” Press Release, 3/11/05)
- The 1983 Law Raised The Retirement Age Gradually From 65 To 67. “The Social Security Amendments of 1983 (H.R. 1900, Public Law 98-21) contained two provisions which may have an impact on when an individual decides to retire. The two provisions are an increase in the retirement age that can first affect individuals retiring in 2000 and an increase in the delayed retirement credit for those who work beyond full retirement age.” (Social Security Administration Website, www.ssa.gov, Accessed 12/2/13)
Landrieu Voted To Cut More Than $700 Billion From Medicare
Landrieu Voted For The Senate Health Care Bill And For Reconciliation
- Landrieu Provided The 60th Vote To Invoke Cloture On The Senate Health Care Bill. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #395: Passed 60-39: R 0-39; D 58-0; I 2-0, 12/23/09, Landrieu Voted Yea)
- Landrieu Voted To Pass The Senate Version Of The $2.5 Trillion Health Care Bill. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #396: Passed 60-39: R 0-39; D 58-0; I 2-0, 12/24/09, Landrieu Voted Yea)
- Landrieu Voted To Pass The Health Care Reconciliation Bill. (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #105: Passed 56-43: R 0-40; D 54-3; I 2-0, 3/25/10, Landrieu Voted Yea)
Health Care Reform Cut Billions From Medicare
In 2009, Landrieu Admitted ObamaCare Cut Medicare By “A Couple Of Hundred Million.” LANDRIEU: “First of all, we don`t take a trillion dollars out of Medicare. We take a couple of hundred million by streamlining the program.” ALEXANDER: “Now, Mary…” LANDRIEU: “We streamline the program.” ALEXANDER: “... if the CBO said it`s a trillion dollars…” LANDRIEU: “It`s...” ALEXANDER: “... over 10 years when fully implemented.” LANDRIEU: “It is not a trillion dollars over time. And Republicans like John McCain and Lamar Alexander have supported many of those same ways to streamline Medicare in the past. John McCain actually ran on some of this. So to claim that we`re doing something that Republicans and Democrats haven`t tried to do for Medicare, we`re strengthening Medicare. That`s the bottom line.” (CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” 12/20/09)
A Top Obama Campaign Adviser Lauded “The $700 Billion Cuts In Medicare That The President Achieved Through Health Care Reform.” CUTTER: “You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 8/12/12)
According To The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, The Health Care Law Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare. (Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12)
- The Miami Herald Headline: “Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare-Cut Problem”(Marc Caputo, “Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare-Cut Problem,” The Miami Herald, 8/12/12)
"For the last several years Mary Landrieu has followed President Obama and Harry Reid's lead and has repeatedly deceived Louisiana voters," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Now after all the deceptions, lies and broken promises about ObamaCare, Harry Reid is attempting to save Mary Landrieu but Louisianians are already realizing they can't trust anything that Landrieu or her liberal super PAC says.”