CHRIS COLLINS’ SECOND NEGATIVE AD OF THE SEASON
Attack Ad Distorts, Ignores Hochul’s Position on Medicare

 Clarence, NY – Today the Hochul Campaign responded to Chris Collins’ second negative ad, another attempt to misrepresent Kathy Hochul’s record.

 “Voters all over this district know from experience that Kathy Hochul fights everyday to protect Medicare,” said Campaign Manager Frank Thomas. “On the other hand, Chris Collins does not think turning Medicare into a voucher system, forcing seniors to pay thousands more for their healthcare, and giving more tax cuts for the rich goes far enough. Chris Collins can spend his time playing politics, but Kathy is going to keep up the fight to protect Medicare, cut the deficit the right way, and bring jobs back to America.” 

 Please find a fact check of Collins’ second negative ad attached.

 

“BROKEN PROMISES” – FACT CHECK

What Chris Collins Says

The Truth

 

V/O: But she broke that promise to help pay for Obamacare.

 

Screen: Kathy Hochul Broke Her Promises

 

 

2011: Hochul opposed the Medicare spending reducations contained in the health care bill, and said that she would fight to maintain current funding model for Medicare as part of the package of fixes she supports.  

 

The Buffalo News wrote then of Hochul’s opposition

 

Beyond putting the two programs “on the table” during budget discussions, Hochul also supports President Obama’s health care law, which, Harakal noted, included $500 billion in Medicare reductions, mostly in lower subsidies for private insurers offering “Medicare Advantage” coverage.

 

Hochul said she doesn’t even support the part of the health care law that trimmed that $500 billion.

 

“I never said the health care plan was perfect,” said Hochul, who deemed the claims in the Corwin ad “laughable” and “a sign of desperation.” [Buffalo News, 5/11/2011]

 

 

2012: Hochul continues to oppose those cuts, which are still contained in the Republican budget.

 

The Buffalo News wrote that Hochul’s position remains unchanged. They said,

 

Collins was referring to Hochul’s recent vote against a bill that would have repealed the Obama health law, including its cuts to the Medicare Advantage plans. Despite Collins’ repeated claims to the contrary, local providers of Medicare Advantage plans have said they would continue to offer them despite the subsidy cuts.

 

Hochul has remained a reluctant supporter of the Obama health law, even while opposing the Medicare Advantage cuts. The Collins camp says that makes Hochul a hypocrite – but she said that’s exactly what Republicans are for in criticizing the Medicare Advantage cuts, which also are included in the Ryan budget.

 

“You cannot run from that fact,” she said. “Those cuts are also in the Ryan budget. Period. End.” [Buffalo News, 8/13/2012]

 

 

V/O: Hochul voted to cut Medicare and Medicare Advantage by over $700 billion dollars when she opposed repealing Obamacare.

 

Screen: Hochul voted to cut Medicare and Medicare Advantage by $716 billion.

 

Chris Collins said that the Republican Ryan Budget, that would fundamentally change Medicare and contains the same $716 billion in cuts “doesn’t go far enough.” That budget contains the same $716 billion in cuts that are in the Affordable Care Act, in addition to fundamentally transforming the plan and requiring seniors to pay more for prescription drugs.

 

Collins told the Batavia Daily News that the Ryan Budget “doesn’t go far enough.” According to the Batavia Daily News, “Collins said he favors the Tea Party push to reduce the federal government. He praised Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, for ‘starting the conversation’ about reducing entitlement programs. But Collins said Ryan doesn’t go far enough. Ryan believes the budget could be balanced in 30 years, Collins said it needs to be done in 10 years. To delay it longer isn’t fair to young Americans who will have to foot the bill.” [Batavia Daily News, 5/9/12]

 

The Ryan Budget contains the same $716 billion cuts to providers. The New York Times noted, “Mr. Ryan spoke out forcefully against the “$716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama,” without noting that his own past budget plans had counted on the same savings.” They continued, “The $716 billion cut to Medicare that Mr. Obama made will reduce payments to health maintenance organizations and hospitals and other health care providers. Mr. Ryan initially counted on the same savings in his budget plans.” [New York Times, 8/31/2012]

 

 

V/O: She had six opportunities to say no to these devastating cuts, but each time she sided with Barack Obama, against us.

 

Screen: Kathy Hochul’s Votes Against Us:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

HR 6079, RCV 460; 7/11/2012

 

HR 5652, RCV 247; 5/10/2012

 

H. Con. Res 112, RCV 151; 3/29/2012

 

H. Con. Res 112, RCV 149; 3/29/2012

 

HR 3630, RCV 923, 12/13/2011

 

HR 2576, RCV 813, 10/27/2011

 

 

Hochul has voted three times to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. But the Republican-led House of Representatives, which has proposed 33 times to repeal parts or all of the Affordable Care Act since it was enacted, has never allowed a clean up or down vote on the part of the bill that affects Medicare. 

 

Hochul joined Republicans in voting to repeal the CLASS Act, part of the Affordable Care Act. She was one of only 28 Democrats who voted for the bill. [Roll Call Vote 18, 2/1/2012]

 

Hochul again joined Republicans when she voted to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, aslo part of the Affordable Care Act. She was one of only 7 Democrats to vote for the repeal. [Roll Call Vote 126, 3/22/2012]

 

Hochul joined Republicans to vote to repeal the medical device tax. She was one of only 37 Democrats to vote for repeal. [Roll Call Vote 361, 6/7/2012]

 

V/O: Obama and Hochul. Billions for Obamacare, at our expense.


Screen: Obama and Hochul. Billions for Obamacare, at our expense.

 

Hochul voted against the Republican Ryan Budget, which contains the same $716 billion in cuts, in addition to fundamentally transforming the Medicare Program. [Roll Call Vote 151, 3/29/2012]

 

The Ryan Budget contains the same $716 billion cuts to providers. The New York Times noted, “Mr. Ryan spoke out forcefully against the “$716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama,” without noting that his own past budget plans had counted on the same savings.” They continued, “The $716 billion cut to Medicare that Mr. Obama made will reduce payments to health maintenance organizations and hospitals and other health care providers. Mr. Ryan initially counted on the same savings in his budget plans.” [New York Times, 8/31/2012]