September 8th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
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GOP is 'no friend of seniors' DNC says in TV ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DNC's latest ad says the GOP is 'no friend of seniors.'"]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The fight over health care got heated this summer - and the Democratic National Committee has been raising the temperature a few degrees with an incendiary assertion: that House Republicans tried earlier this year to do away with the Medicare program in its entirety.

The DNC is expanding the buy for its 30-second TV spot that cites GOP votes on a House budgetary amendment in early April of this year, and claims that "Republicans actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations."

"The Republican Party, no friend of seniors," the ad says as it ends.

The amendment, sponsored by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, would have replaced the nearly unlimited health care coverage provided by Medicare with vouchers that future senior citizens would use to buy private health insurance. Unlike Medicare, the vouchers would have provided a fixed benefit to recipients.

Under Ryan's proposal, Medicare would have remained in place for anyone currently in the program and anyone age 55 or older right now. Anyone below that age cut-off would have been enrolled in the voucher program with the effect that Medicare would have been slowly phased out over time. The proposal drew support from 137 Republican members of Congress.

The DNC's ad, which debuted last week, will run on national cable, cable stations in the District of Columbia and in the districts of 10 House Republicans, including members of the House GOP leadership, and some Democrats consider vulnerable in the 2010 elections: Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, Rep. Patrick Tiberi of Ohio, Rep. Mary Bono Mack of California, Rep. Don Young of Alaska, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio, and Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota.

The ad is supported by a total ad buy in range of six figures, a DNC official told CNN.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. chuck

    The problem with these ads and most of the political mail I receive online is that they all seem to be slightly disingenuous. They give you these peripheral interpretations and leave the meat of the story for you to figure out on your own time and I'm sure that they are hoping that you won't find the time or energy to do so. I never know what to believe. Usually, the more I dig, the more I find out that both political sides are warping the stories to fit the appetite of their political constituents. It seems that the current party in charge at any given time has the biggest propaganda machine going. It's a nasty game of half truths that disgusts me. Is the meat of the story always too complicated for the masses to understand or are we being swindled?

    September 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Ted Tartaglia

    The Repub Party is friend to no one. They are a bunch of obstructionists who cannot comprehend that they lost the last election. More disconcerting is that many southern Repubs with Klan roots cannot stomach a black man as President.

    Until the Repubs adopt reality, rational people should just ignore them.

    September 8, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. dave

    Medicare is the only competition the insurance companies have.

    Who needs million dollar insurance executives? Not your doctor, not your hospital, not your sick mother. The only people who need million dollar health insurance executives are the Republican Congressmen who get all kinds of lobbying money from the insurance companies

    September 8, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Dean

    Let's see now...Who is not giving seniors a social security increase this year or next year? And wants to decrease their medicare?
    And if Obama thinks that their is no inflation let him take a trip to his local grocery store.

    September 8, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Joe six pack

    The truth is finally being shouted off roofs. Weall know that Republican want to eliminate all social programs: Medicare, Medicaid, CHIPS, Social Security, VA, Tricare, WIC, HeadStart, Public Education. No poor, senior, women, minority, worker, student is safe under Republicans.

    September 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Unless you are an old white guy who is a member of Congress. The gop is a friend of no one unless you are a millionaire.

    September 8, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Ron Ft. Myers

    The dems are in charge, not the repubs. Ask the person that is trying to live off of $900.00 per month SS that is now receiving $800.00 per month. How about cutting medicare $500 billion. Sounds like the dems have really got the seniors backs.

    September 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Idiot_Pelosi

    Well the DNC should be renamed to the SOCIALIST PARTY.

    September 8, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. sol

    The Dems are freinds of senior citizens. ? really.?

    The dems take peoples money and put it away for when thay get older.
    The dems turn around and say this year we can not add to your check wich ypu paid in to. You work hard all your life and dems say I am sorry you do not collect it when you are 65 only when you are 67.
    Please Dems if you really care about senior citizen, give them back there money in full. Let the senior citizen decide what thaey want to do with there money... not yours.

    September 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. REA

    Finally the truth is being told, all the GOP do is use the seniors citizens always making them afraid SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, ON THE GOP.

    September 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    YES THEY DID! Go look at the voting records if it werent for Democrats Senoirs would have no medicare, or Social Security because Bush and Republicans wanted to put Social Security in the Stock Market could you Imagine the Poor Homeless seniors there would be?

    September 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    The DNC under Timmy Kaine is sinking like the election chance of Deeds in VA. Thanks Timmy!

    September 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Wake Up

    Obama is NO FRIEND OF THE CONSTITUTION. Obama is no friend of freedom. Obama is no friend of democracy.

    Quit bowing to this lunatic left-wing president. More government means less freedom.

    September 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. AntiRush

    I think the proof of how dumb we have become is that there are so many people who would actually be helped by healthcare reform who don't even realize it, so they don't want it. It is like saying " No thank you. I enjoy paying way too much for health care. I look forward to the day that my insurance gets cancelled because I actually get a serious diseases and I become too expensive for my company".

    September 8, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Sgt. USMC

    It's about time they start exposing the GOP's true intentions in all of this health care mess. We know republicans only have one thing in mind and that's taking control again Washington. They don't care about the average American.

    September 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Sara

    WELL, It's about time!!!!
    What esle you got? Just let them have it!
    Oh yeah, you don't have to worry about Mary Landrieu, she's a democrat and she wants to be re-elected.

    September 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Left Libertarian

    Well, let's see – Republicans don't care about the poor, they hate anyone getting anything cheaper from the government than is available from the private sector, and this isn't the first time they've tried to kill Medicare. I see nothing about this ad that isn't true or warranted. I think the days of the AARP vote being a guaranteed thing for the GOP are over.

    September 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Jeff in Virginia

    the DNC is spot on with this ad.

    Seriously seniors, ask yourselves this: Aside from fear about this, or fear about that, what has the Republican party actually done in your interest?

    September 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    The DNC is right.

    The Republican leadership is no friend of seniors.

    "Republicans actually voted to abolish Medicare for future generations" IS RIGHT.

    Now the Republican Party bosses are trying to frighten seniors into become unwitting tools in a fight to protect special interests and corporate profits.

    The frauds that the GOP calls leaders are far too good at using scare tactics to deceive all the American people.

    September 8, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Linda B., Ga.

    GOP isn't even a "FRIEND" to their own GOP'ers......all they care about is themselves and how many "pieces" of SILVER they can fill their own pockets with.....

    September 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Chris

    And are we to believe the Democrats are friends of the seniors? I would dare say they are friends only to those who have not worked all their lives, they are friends of those who are supposedly "owed" reparations for the evils of our past, they are in the end poor leaders who think the government should take from working people and give to those who don't want to work. Case in point, during the election I saw an old friend at the polls. She had her daughter there for the very first time to vote. Why were they voting for Obama I asked? Why, to keep my checks coming is what she said. She'd been out on disability for years (she weighed about 300 lbs and could barely stand on her hurting legs. She was also instructing her daughter on who to vote for (Democrats) and why (free money without work). There you go.

    September 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Lila

    From what I've seen, the senior community is no friend to itself, LOL. All this crap about evil government run public options while they sit back and enjoy SS and Medicare.


    September 8, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. AEK

    Boy, I bet they hate it when someone comes up with real facts that reveal what is happening in the minds of the Republican law makers and, of course, the health care industry running the show. Let's see, who could a program like the one described really help?

    September 8, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. nanbar

    The Republicans did not want Social Security or Medicare. They only care about the big corporations. They also do not care about education. The more people are educated, the less they will listen to their fear tactics and downright lies presented as fact.

    September 8, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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