This one is funny. You may recall that the 60 Plus Association, a shadowy, well-funded right wing group that purports to represent seniors’ interests and spent a lot of money during the 2010 elections, ran an ad during the health care debate last cycle that may have been the single most reprehensible piece of Medicare-related demagoguery of the health reform wars.
The spot hailed the role of seniors throughout the 20th Century — surviving the Depression, fighting in World War II — before slamming Congressional Dems for trying to pass a health reform bill that allegedly would cut their Medicare by $500 billion, predicting seniors would suffer terrible inconviences as a result.
And yet, wouldn’t you know it, the 60 Plus Association has now endorsed Paul Ryan’s proposal to end Medicare as we know it. Here’s the statement from 60 Plus Association chairman Jim Martin:
“A breath of reality — not rhetoric — is how I describe Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint to slash $6.2 trillion in deficit spending over the next ten years, reform entitlements to keep them solvent, and put our nation on a path to balanced budgets.
“This is what the people have been waiting for, true leadership to deliver on the promises that swept Republicans to historic gains last November. We have no time to spare before the disastrous realities of Washington’s massive deficit spending come to bear. To quote Ronald Reagan — ‘the time is now.’
“Democrats attacked Congressman Ryan’s brave proposals in 2010, and made a huge push in the media to turn public sentiment back to their favor. The word ‘draconian’ comes to mind. It was overused by Democrats who tried to demonize spending cuts and to scare seniors as they do every reelection cycle. It no longer works. The result is they suffered a historic defeat, demonstrating that Americans prefer to cut spending and put our nation on a path to economic growth and balanced budgets...we urge every American to support the priorities Congressman Ryan has so thoughtfully articulated.”
Note that without any trace of irony, the same group that demagogued relentlessly by suggesting that the Affordable Care Act would cut the Medicare benefits enjoyed by the Greatest Generation is accusing Democrats of a history of trying to scare seniors about spending cuts. This, even as the group is now endorsing a proposal that would end Medicare’s mission as it has been understood by seniors for decades.
For your viewing pleasure, the 60 Plus Association ad attacking Dems on Medicare is below: