Rep. Corrine Brown: ‘Don’t Confuse Me With Any Facts’

Eric Scheiner | February 12, 2013 | 8:48am EST
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Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) (AP Photo)

( - As part of a discussion with voters about Obamacare funding, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) told one man, “Don’t confuse me with any facts.”

“This is part of the problem,” Brown told an audience member who had asked about the billions of dollars cut from Medicare under the Affordable Health Care Act.

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“In this time period it’s just like -- don’t confuse me with any facts. I was at a town hall meeting with AARP, and they talked about the pros and cons and explained everything. So I would suggest that you go and read what they have to say about it, because what you’re saying is not true.”

“What do you mean it’s not true?” the audience member at the September event at Jacksonville University can be heard saying.

“Let me finish explaining,” Brown continued, “Okay, look what you’re talking about, we didn’t take money from Medicaid to put…”

“Medicare,” the audience member interrupts.

“Medicare or Medicaid to put into the Affordable Health Care, that’s the first thing,” Brown said.

Last July, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Affordable Care Act would cut Medicare by more than $700 billion in the coming decade by reducing reimbursement rates to those who provide services to Medicare patients.

The AARP was publicly supportive of the Affordable Care Act, but its motives were questioned by several lawmakers.

Last September, then-Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) wrote that Obamacare "could yield the group windfall profits of more than $1 billion over the next decade by forcing seniors off Medicare Advantage plans and into Medigap supplemental coverage," which AARP sells.

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