Democrats are taking to the airwaves to attack the plan by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to turn Medicare into quasi-voucher program, a strategy that in the past has been a political winner.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running its first independent expenditure ad against Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.).
"On Medicare, Congressman Benishek’s gone fishing -- and he’s got a whopper," says a narrator. "Privatizing Social Security and Medicare is the only way to do it," Benishek is quoted as saying.
"Benishek’s voted to essentially end Medicare," says a narrator, referring to the 2011 Ryan budget, though not by name. "Forcing seniors to pay over six thousand more a year."
Ryan revised his budget in 2012 to one that leaves traditional Medicare as an option, as opposed to his 2011 proposal, which only offered private health plans.
The DCCC is spending more than $73,000 to air the ad against Benishek, and has reserved $515,000 in airtime, according to the AP.
Benishek will face off against former State Rep. Gary McDowell (D), who he beat in 2010. His district, encompassing the Upper Peninsula and part of the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, is competitive. Conservative Democrat Bart Stupak represented it until 2011, when he retired.
Benishek's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.