New Americans For Prosperity Ad Lies About Health Care Reform, Clean Energy Legislation

August 17, 2010 9:11 am ET

In a desperate attempt to smear Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) with lies about Democratic policies, Americans for Prosperity has issued a new ad that falsely claims that cap and trade legislation would have killed jobs and that health care reform cut Medicare.  In reality, cap and trade would create jobs and health care reform not only creates jobs and cuts the deficit but also improves Medicare for America's seniors.

Americans For Prosperity: "Tell Betsy Markey She Works For Colorado"

AFP: Washington is spending money we don't have, and can't afford. To small businesses, Betsy Markey is the same as Nancy Pelosi. Betsy voted for cap and trade, the new energy taxes that would cost Colorado thousands of jobs. And Markey betrayed us by voting for a government health care plan. That cuts $500 billion from Medicare. After she flip flopped on health care, liberal supporters gave her more than $350,000. Maybe that's why Markey backs Pelosi. Tell Betsy Markey, it's time to start working for Colorado again.  [Americans for Prosperity via YouTube, 8/12/10]

Americans For Prosperity Spending $330,000 On Markey Ad.  CQ Politics reported: "Americans for Prosperity is the first outside group to spend money on TV advertising against Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.), who's running for a second term in the 4th district against Republican challenger Cory Gardner. The group is spending $330,000 on the ad, which began airing today and will run on network and cable channels through Aug. 19." [CQPolitics.com, 8/12/10]

AFP Wrong On Cap And Trade

Clean energy legislation will boost the economy...

Clean Energy Legislation Would Boost GDP By Up To $111 Billion.  According to the University of California-Berkeley: "Comprehensive clean energy and climate protection legislation, like the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) that was passed by the House of Representatives in June, would strengthen the U.S. economy by establishing pollution limits and incentives that together will drive large-scale investments in clean energy and energy efficiency...New analysis by the University of California shows conclusively that climate policy will strengthen the U.S. economy as a whole. Full adoption of the ACES package of pollution reduction and energy efficiency measures would ... boost GDP by $39 billion-$111 billion. These economic gains are over and above the growth the U.S. would see in the absence of such a bill." [UC Berkeley, accessed 1/22/10]

Clean Energy Legislation Would Boost Household Income By Nearly $1,200 Per Year. According to the University of California-Berkeley: "Full adoption of the ACES package of pollution reduction and energy efficiency measures would create between 918,000 and 1.9 million new jobs, increase annual household income by $487-$1,175 per year... These economic gains are over and above the growth the U.S. would see in the absence of such a bill." [UC Berkeley, accessed 1/22/10]

...and create millions of jobs across the country.

Colorado Will Gain 28,000 Jobs From An Investment In Clean Energy Technologies.  According to the Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute, Colorado could see "a net increase of about $2.6 billion in investment revenue and 28,000 jobs based on its share of a total of $150 billion in clean-energy investments annually across the country. This is even after assuming a reduction in fossil fuel spending equivalent to the increase in clean energy investments. Adding 28,000 jobs to the Colorado labor market in 2008 would have brought the state's unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent from its actual 2008 level of 4.9 percent." [Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute, Clean-Energy Investment Create Jobs In Colorado, 6/17/09]

Investment In Clean Energy Technology Would Create Up To 1.9 Million American Jobs.  According to the University of California-Berkeley, "new analysis by the University of California shows conclusively that climate policy will strengthen the U.S. economy as a whole. Full adoption of the ACES package of pollution reduction and energy efficiency measures would create between 918,000 and 1.9 million new jobs." [UC Berkeley, accessed 1/22/10]

  • Every Single State Will Gain Jobs From An Investment In Clean Energy Technologies. According to the Center for American Progress, investments in clean energy projects would create 1.7 million American jobs in every state in the country. [Center for American Progress, The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy, 6/17/09]

AFP: Wrong On "Government Health Care Plan"

Health Care Reform Is NOT Government-Run

PolitiFact: Republicans Are "Wrong That Obama's Plan Offers Government-Run Health Care." Analyzing Sen. Tom Coburn's claim that President Obama's health care reform plan amounted to a government takeover of health care, PolitiFact.com wrote:

[H]e's wrong that Obama's plan offers government-run health care.

In fact, Obama's plan leaves in place the private health care system, but seeks to expand it to the uninsured. It increases eligibility for the poor and children to enroll in initiatives like Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and creates pools for individuals to buy their own cheaper insurance. It also outlines strategies to rein in costs for everyone, such as electronic medical records and preventive care.

[...]

That may be Sen. Coburn's opinion on what could happen, but it's definitely not part of Obama's plan. And Coburn was very specific in saying that "under the Obama plan, all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government." That gives the incorrect impression that Obama is promoting a government-run health care system. He's not. We rate Coburn's statement False. [PolitiFact.com, 3/4/10]

Health Care Reform Creates Jobs And Cuts The Deficit

Health Care Reform Will Create Up To 4 Million American Jobs In The Next Decade. According to the Center for American Progress, "Relative to baseline employment forecasts from the Employment Projections Program at the U.S. Department of Labor, we estimate that moderate medical savings from health care modernization as envisioned under the legislation now before Congress would lead to an average of 250,000 additional jobs created annually. Under the larger assumption about savings due to health care reform, 400,000 new jobs a year would be created on average." [Center for American Progress, New Jobs Through Better Health Care, January 2010]

CBO: Health Care Reform Package Would Reduce The Deficit By $138 Billion By 2019. According to the Congressional Budget Office: "The reconciliation proposal includes provisions related to health care and revenues, many of which would amend H.R. 3590. It also includes amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965, which authorizes most federal programs involving postsecondary education. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting both pieces of legislation-H.R. 3590 and the reconciliation proposal- would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $138 billion over the 2010-2019 period as result of changes in direct spending and revenue." [CBO, 3/18/10]

Public Support For Health Care Reform Has Increased Since Passage

[Kaiser Family Foundation, July 2010]

AFP: Wrong On Medicare Cuts

"None Of The 'Savings' Or 'Cuts' (Whichever You Prefer) Come From Reducing Current Or Future Benefit Levels For Seniors." According to FactCheck.org, "The House bill would trim projected increases in payments for hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and others, including home health care providers and suppliers of motor-driven wheelchairs. But it also proposes what CBO estimates is a $245 billion increase in spending for doctors, by canceling a scheduled 21 percent cut in physician payments. None of the 'savings' or 'cuts' (whichever you prefer) come from reducing current or future benefit levels for seniors." [FactCheck.org, accessed 9/9/09]

CBO: Cost Changes To Medicare Made From Savings. According to the CBO letter to Senator Baucus: "Changes to the Medicare program and changes to Medicaid and CHIP other than those associated directly with expanded insurance coverage:  Savings from those provisions are estimated to total $93 billion in 2019, and CBO projects that, in combination, they will increase by 10 percent to 15 percent per year in the next decade." [CBO.gov, 10/7/09]

Changes To Medicare Advantage Come With Extra Benefits For All Medicare Enrollees.  FactCheck.org reported: "The CBO has estimated that the move would change the value of the extra benefits Medicare Advantage participants get, but they would not receive fewer benefits than the rest of seniors who aren't on the Advantage plans. The bill does add some extras for Medicare beneficiaries, eliminating copays and deductibles for preventive services, for example." [FactCheck.org, 12/2/09, emphasis added]

Click HERE for details on the trillions of dollars Republicans have voted to cut from Medicare.

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