ICYMI: Rep. Herrera Beutler Caught Running False Attack Ads
Jaime Herrera Beutler lies about her opponent because she can’t stand behind her own record on taxes, rural hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry
VANCOUVER, WA—Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler was caught red-handed by the media for running false attack ads on her opponent Carolyn Long.
“These attacks on Carolyn Long are nothing more than a political headfake because Jaime Herrera Beutler has sold out Southwest Washington to corporate interests,” said Campaign Manager Abby Olmstead. “She can’t stand on her record so she’s taken to lying about her opponent, it’s why people hate politicians. Herrera Beutler voted for the 2017 Trump Tax bill, which gave billions in tax breaks to her corporate donors and to support the repeal of the ACA in the middle of a pandemic. She’s added $2 trillion to the national debt, and put millions of people’s health care in jeopardy over 40 times.”
The Truth: Long supports keeping taxes low for working families and small businesses, and believes large corporate special interest donors need to pay their fair share.
Jaime’s Lie: Long wants to raise taxes on small businesses and working families.
Herrera Beutler’s first lie was debunked by KOIN 6’s Dan Tilken. Jaime Herrera Beutler continues to attack Carolyn Long because she can’t stand behind her own record. The overwhelming majority of the Trump tax cuts that Jaime Herrera Beutler touts as a defining moment of her career, favors the political donors that fuel her campaign—large corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
Dan Tilkin • October 15, 2020
In a rare move, Herrera Beutler is re-using an ad she ran during the last campaign in 2018 that states Long will end the Republican tax cuts. The ad attributes Long’s statements to KXRW Radio.
But if you listen to the interview from 2018, Long said the opposite about raising taxes when it comes to working class families.
“The cuts that are in that bill need to be made permanent,” Long said in that 2018 interview on KXRW.
She added small businesses need tax help. “Small business owners make up a huge number of individuals who are working and a huge part of our economy. Let’s incentivize them so they can be successful.”
In an interview recently with KOIN 6 News, Long said. “We need to make some reforms that prioritize working families and small businesses. It’s been my position for the last 3-and-a-half years, as well as my concern that the bill adds $2 trillion to the national debt that all of us will pay for.”
The Truth: Carolyn Long supports strengthening the Affordable Care Act and creating a public option
Jaime’s Lie: Long’s health care plan will close rural hospitals.
According to The Seattle Stranger, Herrera Beutler has been running false attack-ads that cite a big pharma and health insurance industry-backed study that wrongly claims Carolyn Long would work to close rural hospitals.
Rich Smith • October 19, 2020
In her latest attack ad, Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler claims her Democratic challenger, Carolyn Long, “supports a radical healthcare scheme that would close Washington hospitals.” The ad then flashes a big, scary quote that reads, “HALF OF RURAL HOSPITALS COULD CLOSE” should Long get her way.
Both claims are wrong, and it’s worth taking a moment to knock them down not only to remind voters in a flippable district of JHB’s somewhat cozy relationship with an industry dedicated to bankrupting Americans but also because Republican super PACs are running similar ads against Democrats across the country. Republicans are coming for the public option, and they’re doing it with a study Big Pharma paid for, and it’s useful to know how to shut them up.
The claim in JHB’s ad rests on the most extreme scenario described in a 2019 study about “the potential impact of a Medicare public option on U.S. rural hospitals.” Partnership for America’s Health Care Future—which is composed of large pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, various private hospitals, and the odd chamber of commerce—paid for the research JHB’s ad cites, so it’s no surprise the paper highlights flimsy doomsday scenarios untethered to reality. And given the amount of money those industries dump into JHB’s campaigns, it’s no wonder she approves their message.
In fact, recent government and academic studies show rural hospitals fare far better in states that chose to expand Medicaid, which typically pays lower reimbursement rates than Medicare, under the Affordable Healthcare Act precisely because insured populations increased. As it turns out, getting some money from the government is better for hospitals than getting no money from the uninsured. Who woulda thunk.
If you’re looking for some more supporting evidence, look no further than Washington state, which chose to expand Medicaid. According to the University of North Carolina’s rural hospital closure tracker, the last rural hospital to close here was Deer Park Hospital, once located north of Spokane. The hospital shuttered all the way back in 2008 “after failing in recent years to admit enough patients,” reports the Spokesman-Review. That’s not to say rural hospitals here aren’t in trouble in WA—they are!—but that’s because health care costs are too high and because the pandemic response caused revenues to dip.
Anyhow, according to her Pandemic Recovery Plan, Long supports a public option and promises to “fight hard for federal funding for our rural hospitals” on top of that. She also pledges to support state-level plans that look like rural hospital boosters implemented in Maryland and Pennsylvania. So, no, Long doesn’t support a “radical healthcare scheme” that would close Washington hospitals. She supports a moderate health care scheme that will likely improve the financial solvency of rural hospitals.
Meanwhile, JHB has voted to rollback Medicaid expansion a couple times, and she bragged about voting to repeal the ACA “more than 80 times,” which would have kicked 20 million Americans off health insurance. Talk about a “radical healthcare scheme.”