Apparently, ABM isn’t the only progressive organization that doesn’t care about the truth. There’s a new kid on the block, at least in Minnesota, who isn’t interested in telling the truth, at least the part about telling the whole truth. CREDO SuperPAC is funding a new blog titled “Take Down Cravaack”, which is dedicated to misleading people.
Anyone watching this video knows what Chip’s saying:
Here’s what Take Down Cravaack wrote about a townhall meeting Chip held in Aitkin, MN:
After one Minnesota mom told Rep. Cravaack how her family struggled to pay for her 8-year-old son’s bone marrow transplant, Cravaack replied, “That’s a great story.”
What’s missing from Malinda Frevert’s article, though, is hugely important. Here’s the transcript of the video, starting with a statement from a mother in the audience:
MOM IN AUDIENCE: You can talk all you want to about the decisions the IPAB board is gonna make but I can tell you about some decisions that insurance companies have made. My son was in need of a bone marrow transplant. I carried health insurance. The insurance company denied the bone marrow transplant. Now this is a child.
Now, because of my position, because of the type of work I do, I knew it would take 2 and a half weeks, which is way too long with leukemia because the cells multiply by the hundreds of thousands. But I was successful in getting him that transplant. However, that means there are many parents who have not been successful.
So I don’t think we need to be concerned what an IPAB board is going to do when we have insurance companies all over the place deciding what health care citizens, people paying for health care, cannot get.
CHIP CRAVAACK: Now, you had a recourse step?
MOM: I had a recourse because I knew how. And you know what that recourse was? It was the government. It was the government that paid for my son’s bone marrow transplant. I was too wealthy by about that much to qualify for medical assistance but the state of Minnesota, because the University Hospital was a research hospital, the state of Minnesota said that this is not an experimental treatment.
CHIP CRAVAACK: Well, that’s a great story, one which we all need to aspire to for perservering.
Here’s what CREDO’s spinmeister turned that into:
Our District Director, Monique Teal, had a sharp response: “Let’s get one thing clear: A mom fighting with private health insurance companies to get her son the life-saving treatment he needs and deserves is not a great story; it’s an outrage.”
Teal is right. Fighting with an insurance company to get her child treated isn’t a great thing. Then again, Chip didn’t say that it was. He said that it was a great story because she persisted and got her son the treatment he needed.
That wasn’t the last of Teal’s statement, though. She finished with this:
“If Cravaack really thinks it’s a good idea to end Medicare and leave Minnesotans to fight with private insurance companies for life-saving health care, then he needs to immediately retire to his new house in New Hampshire.”
Ms. Teal’s statements expose her as a political operative who isn’t interested in making life better. She’s only interested in defeating Chip Cravaack this fall.
Whether Chip has a home in Bew Hampshire is irrelevant in terms of finding a solution for this situation. Teal’s throwing that shot in there was a political cheapshot. It wasn’t constructive statement. Teal didn’t propose a solution. Rather than finding a solution, she went straight for the ad hominem attack.
Meanwhile, she omitted the part about Paul Ryan’s budget doesn’t end Medicare. It reforms it and returns it to solvency. That doesn’t fit with Ms. Teal’s storyline, though, which means she’s left with the ad hominem attacks.
During his 16 months in office, Chip Cravaack has tried finding solutions for Minnesota’s biggest problems. He’s proven himself to be a solutions-oriented legislator.
CREDO SuperPAC shouldn’t be trusted. It should, however, be taken seriously because they’re well-funded. Their downfall will be that they aren’t interested in making life better for Minnesotans. They’re only interested in the politics of personal destruction and in doing or saying whatever it takes to defeat Republicans.
If lying is what’s needed, CREDO SuperPAC won’t hesitate in lying like they did in their statement.
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