Subject: Absolutely false
After decades of fighting to dismantle Medicare, GOP leaders like Senator Jon Kyl are taking to the airwaves with a cynical campaign of deception about how health reform will affect Medicare.
Kyl, one of the top Republicans in the Senate, has claimed that reform would cause the rationing of care for America’s seniors. It’s a claim that both AARP (which represents over 40 million seniors) and the non-partisan fact-check website PolitiFact have repeatedly debunked as absolutely false.
But it’s no surprise that Senator Kyl has resorted to lying and scaring seniors to block reform. After all, he has publicly stated that insurance companies don’t need to be "kept honest," and he even opposes requiring them to provide coverage without discriminating against pre-existing conditions.
Senator Kyl, we’ve had enough of the fear-mongering and lies — we’re calling you out.
Contrary to Kyl’s claims, reform would help seniors who are still paying too much for prescription drugs, while making Medicare more efficient and more financially-secure in the long-run.
But his lies don’t end at Medicare. He’s claimed that comparative effectiveness research (a key tool to increase quality of care while lowering costs) would lead to rationing, another claim clearly debunked by the independent FactCheck.org.
Kyl has also claimed that the debt from health reform would not be sustainable, even though President Obama has promised not to sign a bill that adds to the deficit — and even though Republican Senator Olympia Snowe has said the Senate Finance committee bill will be deficit neutral.
And, of course, Kyl has trotted out that most-debunked of lies, that reform will result in a government takeover of health care. No independent observer is buying that one.
Kyl’s lies add up to a clear plan to score political points by tanking reform that Americans need. So, together, it’s time to give Senator Kyl the same treatment as Rep. John Boehner and Gov. Tim Pawlenty before him: It’s time to call him out.
Keep up the fight,
Jen O’Malley Dillon
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