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October 10, 2012

Tierney, Tisei camps spar over Boehner fundraiser

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Asked why Boehner was in Boston for Tisei, Blute said, “It’s a party function. He’s helping candidates all across the country, who are Republicans. That’s not uncommon.”

Walsh said Tierney opposed Boehner’s multiple votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and attempted to draw a connection between Tisei and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s plans to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

“You look at Richard Tisei’s website today, it has completely adopted the Paul Ryan language on Medicare. ‘Preserve, protect, support Medicare.’ That language comes right from Ryan’s website, his messaging memos, Fox News. We know how Paul Ryan wants to do that; he wants to turn it into a voucher program,” Walsh said.

Tisei’s website features a reprint of a Salem News column he wrote arguing for “bipartisan” solution to Medicare’s funding troubles and does not mention vouchers. The column does highlight Tisei’s opposition to what he calls “a 15-member unelected medical review board with unprecedented powers to cut seniors’ access to care by dictating payment schedules and limiting access to treatments and procedures. It will act as a rationing mechanism for care and will interfere with decisions that are typically made between a doctor and patients.”

According to FactCheck.org, which has repeatedly corrected statements by politicians about the board established by the Affordable Care Act, it is specifically barred from “any recommendation to ration health care” when it makes recommendations to Congress.

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