Medicare Attack Ads Emerge In Key Senate Races
In recent weeks, Medicare has been an advertising topic in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and Louisiana. Meanwhile, New Hampshire's Senate candidates discussed a range of health care topics during their first debate.
Modern Healthcare: Medicare Attack Ads Surface Despite Little Chance Of Changes
Medicare is surfacing often in attack ads like this in the final campaign push leading up to the Nov. 4 congressional elections. In recent weeks, it also has been the subject of ads in tight Senate contests in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and Louisiana. Those are among the races that will determine which party controls the Senate in 2015 -- and how much power congressional Republicans will have in wrangling with the Obama administration over the ACA and other health care issues. But many experts question whether either party will seriously pursue major changes in the popular program after the election, no matter who controls the Senate. The endless war over Obamacare has discouraged many elected officials from taking on another bloody healthcare fight (Demko, 10/4).
Boston Globe: Brown, Shaheen Meet In Cordial First Debate
[Democratic Sen. Jeanne] Shaheen also questioned [GOP challenger Scott] Brown’s commitment to protecting women’s access to abortion and birth control. “You have to not listen just to what Scott Brown has to say about this issue with respect to prochoice, but you have to look at what he’s done,’’ she said. … Brown robustly defended his record on issues important to women, noting that he was a cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 . Brown had a simple response to Shaheen’s attack: He said both he and Shaheen are “prochoice,” and both believe women should have access to health care (Miller, 10/6).