New SEIU and Priorities USA Action Ads Focus on Medicare and Home Foreclosures
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Priorities Action USA tomorrow will release the third round of television and radio ads in their groundbreaking, joint $4 million Hispanic media ad campaign (Mitt Romney: In His Own Words). The ads are running in the key battleground states of Colorado, Nevada and Florida.
The third-round of Spanish-language ads continue the groups’ aggressive campaign to use Mitt Romney’s own words to convey his stated positions on issues important to Hispanic families. The new ads focus on Mitt Romney's comments about the poor, Medicare and housing foreclosures.
“I’m not concerned about the very poor,” Romney says in one ad. In another he shows indifference toward families facing housing foreclosures. “Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.”
Also highlighted is the GOP candidate’s support for a plan that would cut funds to the Medicare program.
“Romney’s dismissive rhetoric regarding the concerns of middle-class and the Latino community clearly indicate how out of touch he is with real people, and the kinds of policies he would champion” said Eliseo Medina, SEIU’s International Secretary-Treasurer. “He comes from a world that broke the economy and made him a millionaire, and he has no interest in helping us repair and regain the American Dream.”
The new ads focusing on foreclosures and Medicare come as the U.S. House is scheduled to vote to repeal the health care law--which protects and expands Medicare benefits--that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed as constitutional just two weeks ago. This third round of television and radio ads follow previous spots around the themes of jobs and the economy, as well as immigration.
“Romney’s support for cutting funds to Medicare, a program that provides critical help to our nation’s elderly is a primary example of why working families and Hispanic families are rejecting Romney,” said SEIU National Political Director Brandon Davis. “Whether it’s Medicare, foreclosures or the DREAM Act, his own words tell where he stands, and it is not on the side of the Hispanic community.”
“Mitt Romney has shown unwavering commitment to cutting promised Medicare benefits while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans,” said Paul Begala, senior advisor for Priorities USA Action. “Romney’s plan to gut Medicare while slashing educational and job opportunities would block Latino families from the chance to achieve the American Dream.”
The new ads will begin running today. To view the radio and television ads and scripts, go to http://action.seiu.org/page/content/201207ads/
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Congressman Tipton’s Hypocritical Claims about Medicare and Affordable Care Act
July 11, 2012
For over a year, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) has been on defense for supporting the House Republican budget that deeply cuts seniors’ Medicare benefits and, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, would almost double health care premiums for seniors.
In response, especially during this week’s debate in Congress, you may hear Congressman Tipton employing a widely used Republican talking point that the Affordable Care Act “cut $500 billion from Medicare.” Not only is it untrue – these were reforms that reduce subsidies to insurance companies, not benefits for seniors – but Congressman Tipton voted for the same reforms.
The truth is, Congressman Scott Tipton’s Republican budget included these exact same Medicare reforms as those in the Affordable Care Act that Congressman Tipton decried.
· Last weekend, the New York Times reported that Republicans have a message “conflict” this year attacking the Affordable Care Act for these reforms because: “House Republicans have voted twice since 2010 for the same 10-year, $500 billion savings in supporting Mr. Ryan’s annual budgets.” [New York Times, 7/7/12]
· Similarly, Bloomberg News recently reported: “Republicans assume the same savings in their own budget blueprint crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.” [Bloomberg News, 6/28/12]
· In fact, Republican Congressman David McKinley of West Virginia, who voted against the Republican budget that Congressman Tipton supported, sent a mailer to constituents recently that: “makes a point that […] The same cuts they are blasting in some of their most potent attack ads are retained in the Ryan plan they voted on.” [New York Times, 6/22/12]
These Medicare reforms – both in the Affordable Care Act and in Congressman Tipton’s Republican budget – come from subsidies to insurance companies, and Factcheck.org and Politifact have found they would not reduce Medicare benefits. [PolitiFact.com, 12/12/11; FactCheck.org, 9/17/10]
While Democrats and Republicans voted for this $500 billion reduction in Medicare subsidies to insurance companies, it’s only Congressman Tipton’s Republican budget that also includes a new plan that deeply cuts Medicare benefits – turning it into a voucher and raising health care costs for seniors.
And now, it’s Congressman Tipton who has to defend his record of cutting seniors’ benefits, while protecting tax breaks for millionaires, once again.
This was sent to The Watch on Wednesday, July 11 by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and was not edited in any way.