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Democrats want Rounds to pull ad over Medicare claims

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“President Obama is taking over $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare,” said Republican Senate Candidate Mike Rounds in a recent TV Commercial.

This statement from Rounds recent TV ad has South Dakota Democrats and some fact checking website calling false claims.

South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Zach Crago is asking Rounds to take down the ad for what he says is a false claim meant to scare South Dakota seniors.

“These kinds of ads are specifically intended to scare SD seniors, and I don't think that's right,” said Crago.

South Dakota Democrats are most concerned with Rounds’ claim that the Affordable Care Act takes money from Medicare.

Politifact and a number of fact checking organizations have checked and show that is factually inaccurate. That in fact, what the affordable care act does is it takes $700 billion away from insurance providers for Medicare advantage, a different program that reimburses insurance companies, at higher rates,” said Crago.

But Rounds says that’s exactly what concerns him.

“What their doing is saying, if we're getting short on money, we'll just give the docs less for certain procedures that we don't think should be done,” said Rounds.

Rounds stands behind his ad, saying Obamacare will impact Medicare recipients down the road.

“The Medicare trustees in their most recent reports have been notifying congress The Medicare fund will be broke in the year 2026, in part because they are misdirecting funds of over $700 billion in areas that will not help the trust funds,” said Rounds.

But Democrats say the opposite is true of the Affordable Care Act.

“It's actually expanding benefits for Medicare beneficiaries and extending the life of the Medicare trust fund, so in all cases what Mike Rounds is pushing in his campaign ad is false,” said Crago.

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