Scamming Seniors: 60 Plus' New Ad Repeats False Medicare Cuts Claim

September 09, 2010 11:36 am ET — Alan Pyke

The health care reform debate has been full of misinformation from Republicans and industry groups bent on defending the status quo. Now that the season of the attack ad is beginning, the GOP and its boosters are recycling the old talking points into shiny new TV spots. One false attack against the Affordable Care Act is showing up to scare seniors in ad after ad after ad: the 'Obamacare cuts $500 billion from Medicare!' zombie lie.

The claim is extremely dishonest — the Affordable Care Act actually strengthens Medicare in a variety of ways — and conservatives' willingness to exploit a beloved government program that they have tried to cut by literally trillions of dollars over the years exposes the deep hypocrisy involved in ads like this one from the 60 Plus Association.

60 Plus, which first exploited the '$500 billion cuts' line about a year ago, calls the new ad attacking Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) "Betrayed." It uses the imaginary Medicare cuts to urge Indiana's Medicare recipients to vote against Donnelly. And it ignores the myriad positive steps the landmark reform bill takes, not just in strengthening Medicare but in strengthening the economy by reducing the federal debt and creating jobs.

60 Plus is manipulating seniors emotionally and hiding the facts about the Affordable Care Act. That is a real betrayal of trust.

Read our full fact check HERE. It will help you combat this contagious falsehood.