On Health Care, Murphy Pushed Both Ways

ALBANY—Wednesday night it was left-leaning demonstrators pushing him on health care. Today, Representative Scott Murphy is in the cross hairs of the National Republican Congressional Committee over the proposed health care restructuring.

The NRCC is sending robocalls to voters in the 20th district–where Murphy was elected this spring to succeed Kirsten Gillibrand–attacking Murphy's support for a bill with  "public option" the NRCC says will introduce "taxes on small business, explode the deficit and incentivize companies to drop their good private coverage."

The call also takes issue with reducing Medicare funding–the Obama administration says the cuts will be made up for through savings–as a way to finance the plan, and mentions Nancy Pelosi, the house speaker, twice.

On Wednesday, demonstrators from MoveOn.org held a vigil outside Murphy's office in Hudson to "make sure he's fully committed," in the words of one, to a "strong" public option.

Murphy's spokeswoman Maggie McKeon said that in town hall meetings over the last month Murphy "has said that he supports the concept of a public option that is designed to compete on level playing field with private insurance. Also critical to this debate is ensuring that choices are maintained, and skyrocketing health care costs are reduced."

The entire script of the robocall is below.

Hello, I'm calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee with an important message about health care.  Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Scott Murphy are considering a health plan that would raise taxes on small business, explode the deficit and incentivize companies to drop their good private coverage… and they plan to help pay for this by cutting Medicare – cutting it by 500 billion dollars according to President Obama's own projections.  America's seniors deserve better!  Congressman Murphy votes with Nancy Pelosi 87.3 % of the time… Call him today at 202-225-3121 and tell him this time he needs to make a stand for our seniors and vote against the Democrats' 500 billion dollar Medicare cut. Paid for by The National Republican Congressional Committee and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. 320 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. 202-479-7000.