Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Rick Scott talks about Medicare in an online ad featured on his Facebook page.

Rick Scott talks about Medicare in an online ad featured on his Facebook page.

Political attacks in governor's race make Medicare claims confusing

Attacks lines about Medicare have been dominating the Florida governor's race. To make sense of the attacks and counterattacks, you need to know the key differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Our primer explains it for you, and where recent ads have been inaccurate.

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Says Charlie Crist "implemented Jeb Bush’s A+ Plan."

"My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."

"In 2006, Charlie Crist opposed in-state tuition for illegal immigrants."

"Seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage are going to see an average premium increase between $50 and $90 per month."

Says Charlie Crist supports "cuts to the Medicare Advantage program."

Charlie Crist "raised taxes in 2009 and won't rule out raising taxes again."

Says the goal of the Affordable Care Act was to get 30 million people insured, but it only got 7 million.

"Rick Scott wants to take us back to the days of insurance companies denying coverage for pre-existing conditions."

"Charlie Crist signed into law an automatic 15 percent annual tuition increase that put college further out of reach for many Floridians."

"Since December 2010 Florida has created 540,000 new jobs."

Says Rick Scott presided over cuts to the Bright Futures college scholarship program.

"We have been teaching these (Common Core) standards in Florida schools since 2010."

"Rick Scott tried to slash school funding by $3.3 billion."

"There are over 100 pipelines between the United States and Canada right now."

Florida's revenue "is growing at a faster rate than almost any state in the country."

Promise: Utilize red-light cameras at most dangerous intersections for safety, not revenue

Update: Kriseman cites budgetary concerns as a reason to end the program

"Americans increasingly want (the Affordable Care Act) to be repealed."

"Obamacare will drive 2.5 million Americans out of the workforce."

Because of the federal health care law, "300,000 health plans canceled" in Florida.

For educational testing, Florida "has chosen a company that has a significant history of promoting identification of the GLBT lifestyle for children as young as seven years old."

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