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Fact checking Onorato ad

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

A new ad in the Pennsylvania governor’s race from Democrat Dan Onorato warns senior citizens that Republican Tom Corbett could eliminate state health services, if he becomes governor. But Corbett has never voiced support for any of the positions the commercial warns about.

Onorato’s new spot cuts right to the chase.

“Warning for Pennsylvania seniors. Tom Corbett’s might negatively impact you. Corbett’s plan could slash meals on wheels. Cut home health care services. Stop Alzheimer’s outreach. And limit funding for senior centers.”

The ad is entirely hypothetical. Corbett has never talked about cutting any of these health care programs.

Onorato’s campaign justifies the attack by pointing out the Republican has said “everything is on the table,” when it comes to cutting state spending.

The ad does accurately point out Corbett has joined a lawsuit aimed at overturning the new federal health care law – but frames the challenge as suing to “stop seniors from getting health coverage,” which isn’t true.

Corbett has argued the new health care law violates the constitution by mandating the purchase of health care. He says he’s in favor of expanding health care and reducing the cost of coverage – he just doesn’t support the new federal law.

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