FACT CHECK: In election year flip-flop, group that’s supported Joe’s legislation distorts his vote on the McConnell plan
Ad leaves out skyrocketing health care premiums from McConnell tax plan and its pathway to cuts for Medicare and Social Security
A new ad from an out-of-state dark money group smears Joe’s record and distorts his vote on the McConnell tax plan, but it wasn’t too long ago that the same group was airing ads praising Joe’s legislation.
The new ad from One Nation, a dark money group backed by Karl Rove, attacks Joe for standing up against the McConnell tax plan but ignores its consequences. Chiefly, the plan will cause Hoosiers’ health care costs to skyrocket, increasing by almost 50% over the next three years. A recent report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office stated that premiums will rise by more than a third in the next year alone, and blamed the hikes on McConnell’s partisan law. Changes to the health care system in the plan will cause up to 13 million Americans to go without health care in the coming decade.
The McConnell plan is also a deficit-buster, adding as much as $2.2 trillion to the debt over the coming decade, according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center. Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, have made very clear that they plan to plug the gap with cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security that hardworking Hoosiers have earned.
Distortive smears against Joe’s vote are nothing new, but One Nation is an odd messenger for it. Just two years ago, the group was spending millions of dollars running multiple campaign ads praising bipartisan legislation Joe introduced to address the opioid crisis. Elements of Joe’s bill were signed into law as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
“Joe has a proven record of supporting tax cuts for Indiana's middle class, and he tried to work with Republicans to pass another bill last year -- but he stood up for Hoosiers when he saw that the McConnell plan sends health care costs skyrocketing,” said Will Baskin-Gerwitz, Communications Director for Joe for Indiana. “He’s Indiana’s hired help in the Senate, and he understands that a bill which explodes the deficit and is intended to lead to massive cuts to Medicare and Social Security isn’t common sense. Blanketing the state in ads – even ones from groups that have praised him in the past – won’t make Joe forget that he works for Hoosiers.”
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