HIRONO AD: ROMNEY/LINGLE AGENDA WOULD RAISE SENIORS’ HEALTH COSTS

October 15, 2012   ·  

HONOLULU, HI – Today, Mazie Hirono’s U.S. Senate campaign released a new ad, titled, “He Said, She Said,” which highlights Republican Linda Lingle marching in lockstep with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in supporting proposals to turn Medicare in to a voucher program. “Their agenda is the same – Mitt Romney and Linda Lingle… turning Medicare into a private-insurance voucher program that could raise seniors’ out-of-pocket health care costs by over $6,000,” as stated in the ad.

Hirono, in contrast, is committed to fulfilling the commitment that has been made to Hawaii’s kupuna and preserving the benefits that they’ve worked so hard to earn. As Hirono says in the ad, she “will work with anyone, stand up to anyone, to protect Medicare and Social Security.

Hirono is proud to be endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare as well as the Alliance for Retired Americans.

The advertisement began airing today on broadcast and cable television stations across Hawaii. To view the 30-second television spot, click on the below image (direct link: http://bit.ly/R7fhtF).

 










Below is the script and facts associated with the new ad.

SCRIPT

FACTS

MITT ROMNEY:  But on Medicare…

 

LINDA LINGLE:  …in Medicare…

 

ROMNEY:  …people can get the choice of different plans…

 

LINGLE:  …I want to give seniors that same kind of choice…

 

Male VO:  Their agendas…are the same.

Republicans Mitt Romney and Linda Lingle. 

 

REPUBLICANS MITT ROMNEY AND LINDA LINGLE AGREE: THE BEST PLAN FOR MEDICARE IS TO TURN IT IN TO A PREMIUM SUPPORT (AKA VOUCHER) PROGRAM

 

Republican Mitt Romney Supports Turning Medicare In To A “Premium Support” Program. At the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney said, “But on Medicare, for current retirees he's cutting $716 billion from the program. Now, he says by not overpaying hospitals and providers, actually just going to them and saying we're going to reduce the rates you get paid across the board, everybody's going to get a lower rate. That's not just going after places where there's abuse, that's saying we're cutting the rates. Some 15 percent of hospitals and nursing homes say they won't take anymore Medicare patients under that scenario.

 

And by the way, the idea came not even from Paul Ryan or — or Senator Wyden, who's a co-author of the bill with — with Paul Ryan in the Senate, but also it came from Bill Clinton's — Bill Clinton's chief of staff. This is an idea that's been around a long time, which is saying, hey, let's see if we can't get competition into the Medicare world so that people can get the choice of different plans at lower cost, better quality. I believe in competition.” [Presidential Debate, 10/3/12]

 

And Republican Linda Lingle Agrees….At the “The best bipartisan idea is creating more choice in Medicare. Just like the plan that Congresswoman Hirono and her colleagues have in the United States House and Senate, and all other 8 million federal employees have. They have more choices when they choose health insurance. I want to give seniors that same kind of choice in Medicare. And this competition for their business will bring the prices down, will help to stabilize the cost of Medicare over time. This was an idea first proposed under President Clinton, his bipartisan commission on the future of Medicare. And now it’s been proposed by his former budget director Alice Rivlin, along with Senator Pete Domenici. I think it’s an idea whose time has come. It’s a good idea if we are going to have to have new approaches because Medicare, as you said, is scheduled to go broke in the next 5-10 years. This is a very critically important issue; this would give seniors better benefits, and more choices, and help to keep the cost low. “ [KHON2/AARP Debate, 10/8/12]

 

Male VO:  Turning Medicare into a private-insurance voucher program…

 

THE ROMNEY-RYAN-LINGLE AGENDA=VOUCHERS FOR MEDICARE

 

Lingle Favors A Premium-Support Option In Which Seniors Would Receive A Voucher-Like Payment. In September 2012, the Star Advertiser reported, Former Gov. Linda Lingle, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, favors a premium-support option in which seniors would receive a voucher-like payment they could use to buy private insurance as an alternative to traditional Medicare. A private option could increase competition among insurers, improve efficiency and lower costs, while capping annual payments could help contain Medicare's growth.” [Star Advertiser, 9/16/12]

 

Under Republican Budget: Medicare Beneficiaries Would Get Voucher Payments to Buy Private Insurance Plans. According to BusinessInsider.com, under the Ryan plan, “Medicare enrollees would choose among competing private insurance plans, offered on a new Medicare Exchange similar to the insurance exchange now offered to federal workers, including members of Congress. The plans offered through the exchange would be required to cover everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions, and would be prohibited from charging discriminatory rates based on age and health condition. They would also be required to meet a minimum standard of coverage. The vouchers would go directly from the government to the insurance company.” [BusinessInsider.com, 8/13/12]

 

Male VO:  …that could raise seniors’ out-of-pocket health care costs over six-thousand dollars.

 

A risk, and a cost, Hawaii can’t afford.

 

THE ROMNEY-RYAN-LINGLE PLAN WOULD FORCE 194,000 HAWAII SENIORS ON TO MEDICARE VOUCHERS AND RAISE COSTS BY MORE THAN $6000

 

New York Times Editorial: Ryan’s Plan Would Turn Medicare Into A Voucher System And “Would Leave Older Americans On Average With $6,400 In Extra Costs By 2022, According To The Congressional Budget Office.” “Most voters know little about Mr. Ryan. Those who have heard of him are probably most familiar with his Medicare plan, which would turn the program into a voucher system that would pay beneficiaries a fixed amount for their medical care, leaving them on their own if the voucher did not cover their costs. This notion so alarmed the public last year that Mr. Ryan was forced to backtrack and leave the existing Medicare system as an option. Even so, the plan would leave older Americans on average with $6,400 in extra costs by 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.” [Editorial, New York Times, 8/13/12]

 

Under the Romney-Ryan Plan, 193,765 Seniors In Hawaii Would Be Forced Onto Vouchers When They Retire. Starting in 2023, all Hawaii seniors will receive a voucher to purchase either private insurance or traditional Medicare. There are more than 193,765 near-elderly people in Hawaii who are now ages 47-56 who, instead of getting Medicare as we know it when they retire, would only get a voucher to purchase their insurance. Private insurance plans will aggressively pursue the healthiest, least expensive enrollees, thereby allowing Medicare – currently the lifeline for 210,009 Hawaii seniors – to “wither on the vine.” [CBPP 3/20/12, Census, accessed on 3/20/12; CBPP 12/21/11; KFF, accessed on 3/21/12; NCPSSM, 3/20/12]

 

MAZIE HIRONO:  I'm Mazie Hirono.  And I approve this message because I'll work with anyone, and stand up to anyone, to protect Medicare and Social Security.

 

MAZIE HIRONO IS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF PROTECTING AND STRENGTHENING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Hirono Is Endorsed By The National Committee To Preserve Social Security And Medicare and Has Earned An A+ Rating From the Alliance For Retired Americans. [Civil Beat, 9/25/12; Alliance For Retired Americans Scorecard, accessed 10/13/12]