Nonprofit arm of Democratic super PAC takes aim at McConnell over Medicare votes

08/25/2016 10:27 PM

The nonprofit affiliate of a top Democratic super PAC has launched a $340,000 television ad buy against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, attacking votes to transition Medicare to a voucher program and gradually raise the eligibility age to 70.

Majority Forward’s 30-second spot began airing in the Lexington market on Thursday and will continue through Sept. 5, the group said in an email to Pure Politics. The 501©(4) nonprofit is linked with Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC started by ex-aides to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The ad features two older men meeting at a cash register, with one buying an armload of vitamins. He says he’s “stocking up before Mitch McConnell gets his way with Medicare.”

“He wants to privatize Medicare and turn it into a voucher program that’ll cost families big time,” the man says.

“And the vitamins?” the other asks.

“I’ve got to keep my family strong because McConnell also wants to raise the Medicare eligibility age,” the first man says.

The ad, which directs viewers to call McConnell, can be viewed here:

While the spot features a pair of older actors, the Medicare voucher plans detailed in budgets crafted by current House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would not have affected seniors in or near retirement. The proposal to raise Medicare eligibility from 65 to 70 would have been implemented over 20 years, with eligibility increasing by three months every year.

Shripal Shah, spokesman for Majority Forward, called recent GOP proposals for Medicare “wrong for Kentucky.”


“Raising the eligibility age and turning Medicare into a voucher program would have serious consequences for future retirees,” Shah said in a statement. “People across Kentucky should speak out and tell McConnell to keep his hands off of Medicare.”

McConnell’s Senate office did not respond to a request for comment.

Majority Forward is also airing a similar ad against Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the battleground state New Hampshire beginning Thursday, according to a report by WMUR.

The group recently targeted McConnell over his refusal to hold confirmation hearings to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, spending $350,000 on digital ads in April, Politico reported.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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