DCCC launches 'Don't end Medicare' website

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is ramping up its campaign to paint Republicans as seeking to “end Medicare” as part of the House-passed GOP budget.

The DCCC on Tuesday launched a new "action center" website, www.dontendmedicare.com, to help "grassroots Democrats to hold House Republicans accountable for voting to end Medicare," according to a statement.

The site offers a list of upcoming town-hall meetings hosted by House Republicans. It also provides directions to write to GOP lawmakers, or use social media, to voice opposition to the plan by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). 

"We are stepping up our efforts to hold House Republicans accountable for voting to end Medicare instead of ending taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil companies making record profits," DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson said.

"This new action center gives working families and grassroots Democrats the chance to fight back against the shadowy special interest groups and the secret money they are using to defend this devastating plan," Ferguson continued.

Over the past month or so, Democrats and left-leaning groups have been encouraging constituents to attend Republican-sponsored town halls and question legislators on how the Ryan budget would overhaul Medicare.

The website is the latest move by Democrats as part of their "Drive for 25" project, which began in April as an ad campaign targeting 25 House Republicans who voted for the Ryan plan.

Democrats have been hoping to capitalize on the same kind of town-hall anger that marked home-district meetings in 2009, when Democrats were questioned about the Obama administration's healthcare reform law. This time, Democrats hope the public will press Republicans on the Ryan plan instead.