The Ad Senator Pryor SHOULD Run: My Vote to Cut Medicare Hurts Arkansas Seniors

Pryor today launched more false, negative attacks on Tom Cotton; typical scare tactics from a lifelong politician

Little Rock, Arkansas —

Cotton spokesman David Ray issued the following statement regarding Senator Mark Pryor’s latest television commercials:

“These despicable scare tactics are typical of Washington politicians like Senator Pryor.  In all his time in Washington, Pryor has done nothing to preserve Medicare or keep the program solvent.  Instead of protecting Medicare, Pryor voted to cut $700 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, a law he calls ‘an amazing success’ that has Arkansans suffering from lost insurance plans and drastic increases in premiums, deductibles and co-pays.”

“Tom Cotton opposes any changes to Medicare for current beneficiaries or those nearing eligibility.  Instead, he supports reforms that will strengthen Medicare and keep the program solvent for future generations of Americans.  This is why we need new leadership in Washington.  We can elect a Senator who will oppose Obamacare, who will vote with Arkansans instead of Barack Obama, and who will work for real solutions.”

Background:

Pryor Voted For ObamaCare, Which Cut $716 Billion From Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Pryor Voted Yea)

NOTE: ObamaCare Cuts Medicare By $716 Billion. “First, where it comes from. On July 24, the Congressional Budget Office sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, detailing the budget impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Congress overturned the law, ‘spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013–2022 period.’” (Sarah Kliff, “Romney’s Right: Obamacare Cuts Medicare By $716 Billion. Here’s How,” The Washington Post, 8/14/13)

The Reforms Tom Cotton Supports Have NO Changes For Current Medicare Beneficiaries Or Near-Term Recipients. “These reforms would be phased in over decades and neither reform would have any impact on individuals currently 55 or older.” (RSC Budget Description, “Back to Basics: A Fiscal Year 2014 Budget,” Republican Study Committee Website)

The RSC Budget Specifically States There Will Be NO Cuts To Current Medicare Beneficiaries Or Near-Term Recipients. “Current Medicare benefits are preserved for those in and near retirement, without changes.” (Text of RSC FY 2014 Budget)

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