WCCO DEBATE: McFadden repeatedly uses Obamacare claim he knows isn’t true
Investment banker Mike McFadden has consistently demonstrated over the past year that he has no problem misleading Minnesotans. McFadden’s claim that Sen. Franken said “those who liked their health plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act” is false. McFadden has offered “no record” of Sen. Franken making this claim and media outlets have deemed it “shaky” and “taken out of context.”
FACT: MCFADDEN KNOWS THIS ATTACK IS FALSE; MINNESOTA NEWS OUTLETS HAVE DEBUNKED IT MULTIPLE TIMES
November 2013: “Quotation Context Is Key To McFadden Health-Care Hit On Franken.” According to MinnPost, “The five-second sound bite Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is using to try tying Sen. Al Franken to the latest health-care reform rollout controversy is taken out of context. McFadden released a web video Friday purporting to show Franken using President Obama’s much-repeated promise that under the health-care overhaul, if individuals like their current health insurance plans they could keep them … McFadden’s campaign dug up a clip of Franken saying something similar to Obama: In a November 2009 floor speech, just his second in the Senate, Franken said, ‘People who are happy with their current plans would not need to change them.’ On Friday, McFadden released a web ad based around the quotation, saying, ‘Either Al Franken misled us. Or failed us.’ But Franken wasn’t repeating Obama’s line — in fact, he wasn’t talking about the Affordable Care Act at all. He was, instead, advocating for a public-health insurance option, a government-run insurance program to compete with private insurers, something some Democrats unsuccessfully tried to insert into the final health-care reform overhaul bill.” [MinnPost, 11/4/13 (emphasis added)]
January 2014: “McFadden Repeatedly Makes Shaky Claim About Franken Quote.”According to the Star Tribune, “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden this week repeated his shaky claim that Democratic incumbent Al Franken said those who liked their health plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act. ‘After all, President Obama and Sen. Al Franken lied to him, promising that those who liked their plans could keep them,’ McFadden said in a pre-caucus email this week. But the McFadden campaign offered no record of Franken making that promise.” [Star Tribune, 1/30/14]
Bottom Line: Investment banker Mike McFadden is playing politics and misleading Minnesotans, not working to actually solve problems.