(MARLTON) – Shelley Adler’s campaign for Congress (NJ-03) released a new television advertisement today, which creatively links together the actions of Congressman Runyan the politician with the former professional football player. The advertisement “Wrap Up Show” focuses on Congressman Jon Runyan’s votes in Washington that would dismantle Medicare. Congressman Runyan’s votes would have a devastating impact on Americans planning for their retirement. Dismantling Medicare and replacing it with a voucher program has been the cornerstone of Congressman Runyan’s agenda by forcing future beneficiaries to pay an additional $6,400 annually that shifts the burden on middle-class Americans to pay for tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas.
“Americans planning for their retirement would be simply devastated under Congressman Runyan’s plan to dismantle the Medicare guarantee, which would force couples to save an additional $100,000 just to pay the costs for the first eight years of the voucher program formerly known as Medicare. This reckless agenda allows him to finance tax breaks for millionaires, Big Oil and companies that are encouraged to ship American jobs overseas. Congressman Runyan has the wrong priorities and he is not on the side of middle-class families,” said Shelley Adler.
“WRAP UP SHOW” SCRIPT
Sportscaster #1: Taking a look now at John Runyan’s first term in Congress. How is the former offensive tackle performing in Washington?
Sportscaster #2: Runyan’s still blocking like a pro. Look at the replay. This guy needs affordable healthcare, but Runyan wants to end Medicare as we know it and push him back to 1965.
Sportscaster #1: Ohhhhhhh rejected!!!
Sportscaster #2: No one likes his plan to raise Medicare costs sixty four hundred dollars a year.
Sportscaster #1: But Runyan won’t budge.
Sportscaster #2: And Runyan digs in on his vote to privatize Medicare.
Sportscaster #1: Great moves. Too bad he’s on the wrong team.
Shelley Adler: I’m Shelley Adler and I approved this message.
PolitiFact Calls Rep. Runyan Claim That Medicare Will Be Gone In Eight Years False. On May 4, 2012, Runyan in a television appearance falsely stated that Medicare would be gone in eight years without action by Congress. [PolitiFact: FALSE - Rep. Runyan Claims Medicare Will Be Gone in Eight Years, 5/20/12]
Congressman Runyan Voted for the House Republican Budget. On March 29, 2012, Runyan voted in favor of the House Republican budget. [H.Con.Res. 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]
Congressional Budget Office: Ryan’s Plan Would Likely Shrink Medicare Benefits, Increase Number Of Uninsured. “Medicare benefits would likely shrink under Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) latest proposal, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. Ryan’s Medicare plan would convert some of the program’s funding into subsidies for private insurance. Seniors could choose between the traditional single-payer program or a private plan.” [Congressional Budget Office, 3/20/12]
House Republican Budget Would Give People Making Over $1 Million Per Year a $394,000 Tax Cut. “New analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) finds that people earning more than $1 million a year would receive $265,000 apiece in new tax cuts, on average, on top of the $129,000 they would receive from the Ryan budget’s extension of President Bush’s tax cuts.” [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; see also Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132]
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