Allen response to disastrous Ryan pick: Make things up about health care
Richmond, VA - As leading Republicans come to terms with the prospect of having to defend GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's anti-Medicare and Social Security agenda, former Senator George Allen is trying his own approach to distract Virginians from the damage he has done and would do to key investments they rely upon.
He's making things up.
On Tuesday Allen's campaign joined the chorus of Republicans seeking to distract from their plans to turn Medicare into a voucher scheme in order to pay for tax cuts for the rich by peddling falsehoods about how the Affordable Care Act works with Medicare.
In a statement yesterday the campaign sought to convince Virginians that Governor Tim Kaine supports a $700 billion cut to Medicare - a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by nonpartisan fact checkers all over the country, including PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, The Washington Post, and ABC News. PolitFact Virginia even called the charge "recycled rubbish," in June.
Allen's attempts to draw attention away from his praise for Paul Ryan's budget that cuts taxes for the wealthy while turning Medicare into a voucher scheme with false statements are cynical enough, but he was fibbing about health care long before Ryan took the stage in Norfolk last Saturday.
Just last week, during an appearance on radio station WMRA, host Bob Leweke called Allen out for peddling PolitFact's 2010 "Lie of the Year," in calling the Affordable Care Act a "government takeover of health care." Lewke responded saying "How is it a government takeover of healthcare if it strengthened the private insurance system?"
Try as he might, no amount of dishonesty will change the fact that Allen voted to privatize Social Security, praised Paul Ryan's anti-middle class budget, signed a Cut, Cap and Balance pledge that would force terrible cuts to investments in the middle class, and has spent his career putting taxpayer handouts to oil companies and wealthy Americans ahead of what's best for Virginia families.
Allen Was Confronted For His Use Of The Phrase "Government Takeover Of Healthcare" Referring To The ACA. During an interview with WMRA's Bob Leweke, Allen said, "[ALLEN]: Great question, thank you Bob, because I don't think the healthcare system before this current government takeover of healthcare, was such a good idea to begin with. [REPORTER]: How is it a government takeover of healthcare if it strengthened the private insurance system? [ALLEN]: I'll take your point. The point is whatever you want to call it. [REPORTER]: I'm just.It's not what I want to call it.I'm wondering about the terminology. [ALLEN]: If the government is telling us - yes I understand the terminology. Let's not worry about terminology, let's talk about ideas." [WMRA, Bob Leweke, 8/10/12]