The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) is targeting 11 incumbent Democrats for potential cuts to Medicare Advantage, a popular Medicare program, in press releases sent to their districts.
“We are now seeing the real-life consequences of Congressman Rahall and President Obama cutting Medicare to pay for Obamacare,” Conston says in the release going to Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallWest Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth Lobbying World MORE's (D-W.Va.) district.
“Congressman Rahall owes his constituents an explanation why he supported a law that is making life harder for seniors.”
CLF is sending the release to the districts of Reps. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickWomen make little gains in new Congress McCain wins sixth Senate term In Arizona, history and voter registration data gives GOP edge MORE (Ariz.), Ron BarberRon BarberGiffords to lawmakers avoiding town halls: 'Have some courage' Ten House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt House conducts moment of silence for Tucson shooting anniversary MORE (Ariz.), Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), Bill Owens (N.Y.), John BarrowJohn BarrowDem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech The best and the worst of the midterms MORE (Ga.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Tim BishopTim BishopDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm House moves to vote on .1T package; backup plan in place MORE (N.Y.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Jerry McNerney (Calif.) and John GaramendiJohn GaramendiNorth Korean tests augment calls for boosting missile defense systems Overnight Defense: Lawmakers decry proposed Coast Guard cuts | NATO defense spending increases | Drones deploy to South Korea Lawmakers urge appropriators to reject Coast Guard cuts MORE (Calif.), all considered to be top Republican targets going into 2014.
Medicare Advantage could undergo "steeper-than-expected" cuts in 2014 to the funding it receives from the government, according to The Associated Press.
The Health and Human Services Department on Friday proposed a 2.2 percent payment cut for Medicare Advantage plans in 2014; the rate will be finalized in April. The rate cuts are due in part to the healthcare reform law passed in 2010.
Medicare and Medicaid have been set largely to the back-burner in recent months, as lawmakers debate government spending and gun control. And since President Obama's reelection, much of the furor over his healthcare overhaul has died down, with calls for repeal of the law largely disappearing.
But this new line of attack indicates Republicans see an opening to tie Democrats, and Obama's healthcare reform law, to cuts to Medicare, never a winning proposition with voters.