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September 29, 2015 Fact Check

FACT CHECK: Kelly Ayotte’s Record of Siding with Special Interests to Undermine Social Security and Medicare

MANCHESTER – Since going to Washington, Kelly Ayotte has consistently sided with her corporate special interest backers to undermine Social Security and Medicare for seniors across the state and country.

FACT: Ayotte has voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program, after the Koch Brothers urged Senators to do so.

  • The Wall Street Journal explained that the Ryan Budget that Ayotte supported “would essentially end Medicare.” (WSJ, 4/4/2011)
  • AARP noted that plan would “increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage—a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.” (AARP, 4/7/11]

FACT: Ayotte cosponsored a bill that was opposed by AARP because it would have cut $1.3 trillion from Social Security and $859 billion from Medicare, slashing Social Security benefits by nearly 20% and increasing out of pocket costs for those on Medicare.

FACT: Ayotte supported a so-called balanced budget amendment after the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity urged her to do so that would have forced deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare

FACT: Ayotte has voted to undermine Social Security, opposing efforts to protect Social Security from benefit cuts or privatization.

FACT: Ayotte voted for legislation that would have raised the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. And she has signaled her support to raise the eligibility age for Social Security, even saying just weeks ago she was open to it.

FACT: Ayotte has voted to re-open the Medicare Part D donut hole for prescription drugs, which would force seniors to pay more for their medications.

FACT: Ayotte has voted against  letting seniors get access to safe, inexpensive prescription drugs from Canada, which would help lower drug costs. And she has voted against helping get more affordable generic drugs to the market sooner.