Doheny campaign charges Owens' TV ad is inaccurate
The campaign for Republican Matt Doheny says a recent ad from U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, on Medicare and Obamacare includes factually inacurrate statements.
In the ad, which can be seen below, Owens argues that repealing Obamcare would return to era when pre-existing conditions aren't covered by health insurance and that Doheny wants to cut Medicare. Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour described these statements as somewhere between misleading and a lie.
The two candidates are vying to represent the 21st Congressional District, which includes parts of Fulton and Saratoga counties.
"We can't go back to letting the insurance industry deny care for pre-existing conditions," says the ad's narrator about the potential ramifications of repealing Obamacare. Seymour said that this simply wouldn't be the case in New York, if Obamcare was repealed, as he noted the state passed a law two decades ago requiring insurers to accept applicants with pre-existing conditions.
This provision doesn't exist in every state separate of Obamacare, but Seymour highlighted the fact that insurers in the 21st Congressional District already can't turn down applicants based on health or risk status.
The ad also cites an episode of "Capital Tonight" where Doheny allegedly said he wanted to cut Medicare. He doesn't say that in the epsiode, although he says changes need to be looked at.
In that interview, Doheny does say that he opposes the budget advanced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin. In the ad from Owens, though, it suggests that Doheny feels the Ryan budget is in the right direction, but doesn't go far enough. "That's a lie," Seymour said of the ad.
Jon Boughtin, a spokesman for the Owens campaign, defended the tone and message of the ad. He reiterated the ad's message that Doheny would advocate for more draconian cuts than those in the proposed Ryan budget.
Doheny has criticized the Ryan plan for not balancing the budget soon enough, but the text that it doesn't "go far enough" was pulled from a news article headline.
A recent Doheny ad is the type being scrutinized by the non-partisan fact checking site PolitiFact.
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