Helping Landrieu, DSCC goes after Cassidy on Medicare
August 29th, 2014
11:34 AM ET
3 months ago

Helping Landrieu, DSCC goes after Cassidy on Medicare

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is stepping up their attack on Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy by airing an ad that hits the Senate hopeful for his position on Medicare.

The ad – titled "Record" – uses Cassidy's time as a House Republican to portray him as someone more concerned with giving "tax breaks to millionaires and the wealthiest," while advocating for raising the eligibility age for Medicare and cutting funding for health care.

The claim stems from Cassidy's support for the 2014 Republican Study Committee Budget, which would have, over time, increased the Medicare eligibility age to 70 by 2024.

“Congressman Bill Cassidy puts millionaires before Medicare and if he has his way would turn Medicare into a voucher program, raise the eligibility age, and force seniors to pay more for health care,” Justin Barasky, a DSCC spokesman, said in a release about the ad.

The ad is part of the DSCC's $2.5 million ad buy in Louisiana, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is running for another six years in the Senate.

Cassidy has made Obamacare and its changes to the Medicare Advantage program a platform in his race against Landrieu. On his campaign website, Cassidy calls Medicare a "commitment to seniors" that "is going bankrupt."

"We need common-sense solutions that will reform and protect Medicare for generations to come," Cassidy said.

The race between Cassidy and Landrieu is a close one and is key for Democrats keeping control of the Senate in 2014.

The race has also become contentious, as of late.

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Landrieu doesn’t own her own house in Louisiana. Instead, the paper reported that the incumbent senator listed her home address on a recent campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission as being her house on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency

Cassidy seized on the residency charged and immediately sent a fundraising appeal to supporters saying the allegation “isn’t actually surprising because Senator Landrieu has represented DC values for a long time.”

Barasky said that despite the timing, the ad was "not a response to residency in any way."

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Bill Cassidy • Mary Landrieu • Senate
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Hector Slagg

    Constitutionally Speaking,
    There have been many Reports that Medicare, among others are going Bankrupt. Also Social Security so this isn't anything new. We have a nearly 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt so is anyone surprised (Fooled). Also the Post Office isn't doing so well either. The answer, by the Liberal's is Raise more Taxes on the Rich. Since the Rich are paying thru the nose now, many of them are moving offshore. Will things get any better? Only the voters know for sure.

    August 29, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. it must be said

    The same old tired Democrat lies and attacks, election after election after election. Now that the entire country knows Democrats are the party of Obama, Liar of the Year, nobody believes them anymore. All the lies about Obamacare are going to be remembered this November by the American people. Out with the lying Democrat rubbish!!

    August 29, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Bigd

    Why is this news the GOP has been trying to get rid of SS and Medicare for years

    August 29, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Lizzie

    Bigd
    Why is this news the GOP has been trying to get rid of SS and Medicare for years
    –is that why Pres.Obama took 500 BILLIONS from Medicare to fund HIS ACA

    August 29, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The ad – titled "Record" – uses Cassidy's time as a House Republican to portray him as someone more concerned with giving "tax breaks to millionaires and the wealthiest," while advocating for raising the eligibility age for Medicare and cutting funding for health care.

    Cassidy has made Obamacare and its changes to the Medicare Advantage program a platform in his race against Landrieu. On his campaign website, Cassidy calls Medicare a "commitment to seniors" that "is going bankrupt."
    ------------------------–
    The best way to reduce the cost to Medicare is to get rid of the vacuum that caused it to be created in the first place. Reduce the demand for Medicare, and you reduce the cost of it.

    Medicare was created because insurers would drop people from coverage once they reached retirement age. I've watched people spend their entire life's retirement savings paying for a spouse's medical bills. I've watched adult children of seniors bankrupt themselves trying to care for elderly relative. I've watched people walk out of the house and disappear forever, so as not to burden their loved ones with medical bills.

    Too many of today's ideologues have no idea what life was like prior to Medicare. It was frequently cruel, and always unjust. But, conservatives have always defended the practice of dropping people once they reach a certain age. They would rather defend corporate profits than people's lives. So, Medicare was created as a health insurance program once you reach retirement age. You pay into the system all of your working years, and enjoy the benefits during your retirment years.

    The Affordable Care Act reduces the demand for Medicare because it prohibits insurers from dropping people just because they reach a certain age. When demand drops, so does the cost. Even if you pick up millions of people under the ACA, most of them will not have nowhere near the annual medical costs of seniors. The Republicans hope that you do notice that what they want does not help people, but insurers, just like they have always done.

    August 29, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Tommy G

    Sniffit
    "What to her taxes say about her primary residence? "
    She and her husband pay the Louisiana state taxes.
    ---

    Landrieu is a tax dodger as well. DC's top tax rate is 8.95% and Louisiana's top rate is only 6%. Of course she would say she still lives there (fraudulently). She pays a LOT less in state taxes! According to Obama, I believe this makes her unpatriotic as well.

    August 29, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    it must be said says:
    August 29, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am
    The same old tired Democrat lies and attacks, election after election after election. Now that the entire country knows Democrats are the party of Obama, Liar of the Year, nobody believes them anymore. All the lies about Obamacare are going to be remembered this November by the American people. Out with the lying Democrat rubbish!!

    And the GOPT way is to attack a sitting Senator over her address when she has lived in the state since she was a child. Then when they get attacked back, they whine like a bunch of female dogs. No offense to female dogs.

    August 29, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. it must be said

    Lizzie
    Bigd
    Why is this news the GOP has been trying to get rid of SS and Medicare for years
    –is that why Pres.Obama took 500 BILLIONS from Medicare to fund HIS ACA
    --

    Actually it is more like $716 BILLION taken by the Obama and the Democrats from Medicare. The FACT is the DEMOCRATS are the only ones CUTTING Medicare and they are the ones refusing to make the changes necessary to keep it viable going forward.

    August 29, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Landrieu is a tax dodger as well. DC's top tax rate is 8.95% and Louisiana's top rate is only 6%. Of course she would say she still lives there (fraudulently). She pays a LOT less in state taxes! According to Obama, I believe this makes her unpatriotic as well."

    Yawn. Really, you're going to get no traction with anyone with the whole residency line of attack other than your fellow dim-bulb Teatroll fanatics. And yes, it will get laughed the heck out of court too. But please, keep howling at the moon...it makes you look stupid and I love it.

    Oh, and would you like to explain how a US Senator from any state is supposed to be able to maintain residency in their state while working in DC all the time without maintaining 2 homes and why you feel that such wealth is a mandatory pre-requisite for serving in the Senate?

    August 29, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. it must be said

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    And the GOPT way is to attack a sitting Senator over her address when she has lived in the state since she was a child.
    --–

    What she did when she was a child is totally irrelevant to this discussion. She is a grown adult, married, with children, and is claiming residency in a state where she has no house or apartment where she lives with her family. Based on the facts in this case, she is a residence of Washington DC because she owns a house there and she is an occasional visitor to the state where she claims to be a resident. If she actually stays in the house that her parents inhabit, then I can by into her scam. But if she does not, and instead stays in hotels when in state, then she is a fraud.

    August 29, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    " that why Pres.Obama took 500 BILLIONS from Medicare to fund HIS ACA"

    Except he didn't. Characterizing an expected reduction in expenditures as a result of cost-saving measures, anticipated price reductions, etc., as "cutting" or "taking out" is a pretty obvious mischaracterization. You either don't understand what those provisions are really doing or you are just a liar. Choose.

    Also too, the number was $700B, not $500B, and the GOP/Teatrolls voted for the same exact provisions almost unanimously when they voted to pass Plutocrat Pauly Ryan's federal budget proposal, so it's really dishonest for GOPers/Teatrolls to try to attack anyone for those provisions.

    August 29, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    It must be sad – You are incorrect. Your numbers are wrong, turn off Fox. Unlike the Ryan Plan that gave over $700 billion to private corporations, the $500 billion went to ACA and has provided health care to millions of uninsured Americans.

    August 29, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "Actually it is more like $716 BILLION taken by the Obama and the Democrats from Medicare. The FACT is the DEMOCRATS are the only ones CUTTING Medicare and they are the ones refusing to make the changes necessary to keep it viable going forward."
    -----------------–
    It must be said that every iteration of the Ryan Plan makes the same Medicare cut. Ryan claims that he repurposes the money, yet he still wants to repeal the very same law that makes the money available for his abuse. How GOTP of him.

    August 29, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    " She is a grown adult, married, with children, and is claiming residency in a state where she has no house or apartment where she lives with her family. "

    Except she does, because she stays at her parents' home when she returns from DOING HER FRICKIN JOB IN DC. Do you have any idea just how completely and utterly braindead you sound trying to use a US Senator's DC residence as an attack on whether she's a resident of her home state? Name a frickin Senator other than one from maybe VA who could do what you claim she's supposed to do without having to be very wealthy and then follow up with a detailed, coherent argument as to why such wealth should be a requirement for representing one's state. Go on...'splain it to the class. We'll wait right here for your oh-so rational and cogent explanation.

    August 29, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Anthony

    It must be said, the $716 billion cut is in Paul Ryan's budget as well. Ryan knows that money to pay for Republican tax cuts has to come from somewhere in the budget.

    August 29, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. aaron

    The ad is true. Ryan was touting dismantling Medicare and putting it under state control while cutting the corporate tax rate in the same bill. Cassidy is trying to via raising the eligibility age. Apparently he doesn't realize how high health insurance premiums are for older people, or, more likely, doesn't care. Besides, the top 20% control 85% of the wealth in the U.S. The standard practice since Reagan has been to squeeze every cent out the 15% held by the average American, allow the rich holding the other 85% to hold onto a much greater percentage of their money. Squeeze us in the middle class much more, we won't have money to live on.

    August 29, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Chipster

    Social Security is not going bankrupt. It is fully funded through 2024 and minor adjustments (like raising contributions slightly and/or adjusting the income cap on contributions) would extend it indefinitely. As baby boomers (like me) begin to die off, Social Security will be on solid ground. Changes made by the ACA for health care will have a stabilizing impact on Medicare as well.

    August 29, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    There is nothing wrong with all the big Social Spending Programs enacted by the Liberal's and Democrats except one thing. The Debt is growing and no one is paying the freight. Looking at the Big Picture, All the Social Spending Programs were put in place to prevent a repeat of the 1930's. Well, like it or not that is where we are headed back to! Look at the employment picture. Look at food prices. Why are there 50 million on food stamps. You can take it apart and re-assemble it any way you want to, but facts are facts. The country has not progressed past the 1930's. Google the National Debt Clock, if you dare.

    August 29, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    Lizzie is in a tizzie.

    The 700+ billion was in Ryan's budget, guess you did not learn that on Fox Fables, and he wants a voucher system with bags of loot going to a state with no assurance it will be directed to Medicare funding,

    And it is not unprecedented, Perry took his state's share of the 800B stim plan and used it to balance his budget, therefore, leaving 6B in the state's "rainy" day fund and no stimulus spending. Note: TX has the highest percentage of uninsured in the nation, low educational ranking, etc. There were plenty of places to spend the stim funds that would actually stimulate the TX economy. Yet another example of Perry's version of GOP "leadership". He gave businesses a "holiday" from paying into the state UI fund then whined when he had to borrow money from the Feds 'cuz the fund was depleted in '08-'09. He has tried to get the Federal loans interest free. What is good for Texans is NOT good for the U.S. Tax payers, that are not TX residents. Steals jobs from other states, etc.

    But, go ahead, and run the loon for President in 2016, please!

    August 29, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Hector – You are a true brain dead gloom and doomer. The market goes to record highs and you cry because it may come down. You are afraid our president has not started any new unnecessary wars, you are afraid of children at the border, women's rights, seniors, minorities, veterans, poor people. Yet all you offer is Fox News lies.

    August 29, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Why are there 50 million on food stamps."

    Because Amurika has decided that an 8th 6BR house in Aspen is more important than feeding our children.

    August 29, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Actually it is more like $716 BILLION taken by the Obama and the Democrats from Medicare. The FACT is the DEMOCRATS are the only ones CUTTING Medicare and they are the ones refusing to make the changes necessary to keep it viable going forward."'

    Again:

    1. That number is projected SAVINGS over time from implementing COST-SAVING measures, NOT cuts.

    2. The exact same provisions were voted for en masse by the GOP/Teatrolls when they voted to pass Paul Ryan's "Path to Plutocracy" budget, so you really just don't get to complain about it if you (as you do) blindly support everything coming out of the ideological swamp known as the GOP/Teatrolls.

    August 29, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Scottish Mama

    @Hector because there is always the wealthy at the helm, sending jobs over seas and not paying into the tax pool like the rest of us. Not to mention the offshore accounts we average tax paying citizens can afford. Well capitalism at its finest, Also the wealthy go to their Yale, and have made it so they can all yacht float next to each other and orga-s-im in the talk of how and what they have. All the while the serfs work at their factories, fast food places, and live to not retire til we break our backs or die of some disease or war they create to kill us off. So now you say we cannot have what we paid into all our lives so they can stonewall us and use it to pay for the wallstreet play, no thanks.

    August 29, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Scottish Mama

    Here is what Obama should do, put up a bill to preserve social security, and have the jack bums figure out how they plan to pay the social security with interrest.

    August 29, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    The truth is..........Obama has been robbing Medicare, to pay for his abomination of a health care plan........so the Dems are total liars..........as usual.

    August 29, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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