October 14, 2020
Saratoga: In case you missed it, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise did some in-depth reporting about Taxin’ Tedra Cobb’s record running on Medicare for All before deleting her support from her website and lying to voters about where she stands.
The ad begins with a clip of Cobb saying, “I believe in a Medicare for All system” at a Democratic candidate forum held at Saranac Lake High School in May 2018 and a voiceover saying, “Tedra Cobb supports single-payer, government run health care.” On screen are the words “MEDICARE FOR ALL COBB SOCIALISM.”
In her 2018 bid for election, Cobb said she supported a Medicare for All health care insurance system. Since then, she has changed her position. She no longer supports Medicare for All and has made a Medicare public option her 2020 platform.
Asked for evidence, in an email, Stefanik campaign spokesperson Madison Anderson included a November 2019 tweet of a screenshot from Cobb’s website. The website bullet point says Cobb supports the United States National Health Care Act, a Medicare for All bill.
However, this screenshot is not of Cobb’s current webpage. It is a screen saving from the Wayback Machine Internet Archive archived on Oct. 5, 2018.
This bullet point existed until at least April 22, 2019, the date of the last Wayback Machine archival depicting her support of the act. This bullet point was removed sometime between April 22 and July 26, 2019, the date of the next available Wayback Machine screenshot.
The bullet point was on Cobb’s website for part of the 2020 election cycle, but for over a year now, Cobb has not supported that act.
Stefanik claims Cobb would still vote for Medicare for All.
In a tweet announcing the ad, Stefanik wrote, “Taxin’ Tedra ran on Medicare for All for 2 years. Now she’s hiding from her own record. #NY21 voters know the truth: she would vote with (Speaker of the House Nancy) Pelosi, & AOC (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) for a government takeover of healthcare.”
BACKGROUND: TEDRA COBB RAN ON MEDICARE FOR ALL FOR TWO YEARS:
- Tedra Cobb’s own campaign website included her support for Medicare For All before she desperately deleted her position to hide from voters.
“Tedra’s Vision: Provide comprehensive health insurance for all United States residents, such as what is detailed in the United States National Health Care Act, which is the House parallel to Senator Bernie Sanders’ Single Payer, Medicare for All bill
- 7 News Watertown: “An older version of Cobb’s web site listed “Tedra’s vision” as “comprehensive health insurance for all United States residents, such as what is detailed in the United States National Health Care Act.” The National Health Care Act was a Democrat proposal first introduced in 2003 that would have created a single payer ‘Medicare for all’ system.”
- North Country Now: “Democratic congressional candidate from Canton favors single-payer medical coverage”
- The Daily Gazette: “Cobb supports a ‘Medicare for All’ bill that would transfer responsibility for providing health care insurance from private employers to the federal government.”
- NCPR: “Cobb says what she draws from that experience is support for single-payer, government-run healthcare. And that’s what she told the gathering in Waddington. I think that’s why Medicare for all, I think that’s why people like Medicare for all, it works, it’s simple.”
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