David Young’s Latest Smear on Cindy Axne Tries to Cover Up His Own Fatal Flaws
David Young Voted Lockstep with Party, Fell in Line on Efforts to Gut Health Care and Approve Tax Breaks for Big Corporations
Rejected Congressman David Young is desperately attacking Cindy Axne’s record of showing up for Iowa with a new ad that misleads on her record on health care, middle class tax cuts, showing up for Iowa, and standing up to her own party in Washington.
Representative Cindy Axne’s record of fighting for Iowans’ health care, economic prosperity and wellbeing during multiple crises couldn’t be more different from David Young’s record of putting his party bosses and special interest backers first in Washington.
When it comes to standing up for Iowa, the differences between David Young and Cindy Axne couldn’t be clearer:
- David Young repeatedly voted for legislation that would gut protections for pre-existing conditions, raise premiums on thousands of Iowa families, and force seniors to pay thousands more for their prescription drugs.
- Cindy Axne helped write and pass legislation to reduce out-of-pocket costs and insurance premiums and reinforce protections for pre-existing condition, introduced legislation to address surprise medical billing, and fought to lower the costs of prescription drugs.
Middle Class Taxes:
- David Young supported a tax bill that gave over 83% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of Americans and added billions to the federal budget deficit.
- Cindy Axne successfully pushed for the repeal of three health care taxes that would have raised health care expenses for millions of middle class Americans.
Standing up to Party:
- After Washington Republicans threatened to pull their funding, David Young sold out Iowans by changing his mind on a health care bill that would have removed pre-existing condition protections, created an age tax, and raised premiums on Iowa families.
- When House leaders twice tried to gut tariff and farm aid funding, Cindy Axne stood up for Iowa’s family farmers and got the funding restored.
- When Congress tried to raise Congressional salaries, Cindy Axne stood up for Iowa taxpayers and opposed any pay raise until the federal budget is balanced.
- Over 75% of Cindy Axne’s votes in her first term in Congress were bipartisan.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce scored Cindy Axne as the most bipartisan member of the entire Iowa delegation.
- Young has bragged about voting lockstep with his party’s leaders 99% of the time.
- David Young voted to push $2.4 billion in additional costs onto rural hospitals and put nearly 700 rural hospitals at risk of closure.
- Cindy Axne championed bipartisan legislation to protect rural hospitals from shuttering by closing reimbursement rate gaps – legislation supported by the National Rural Health Association.
- David Young voted for multiple federal budgets that would privatize Medicare and turn it into a voucher program.
- Cindy Axne championed and helped pass legislation that would lower the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries.
Cindy Axne also held 57 town halls in her first year in Congress, and visited each county in this district at least once a month, earning her the title of “Most Accessible Freshman Member of Congress” from the Town Hall Project.
“Each misleading attack in David Young’s latest ad reveals where he believes he is most vulnerable at the ballot box this fall. His four years of dangerous votes on health care, corporate tax handouts, and failing to stand up for Iowa against his party’s leaders’ efforts to gut rural hospitals and Medicare are indefensible to Iowa’s voters – and so he resorts to the same smears that failed to keep him in office two years ago,” said Ian Mariani, spokesperson for Cindy Axne for Congress. “If David Young wants to have a representative in Congress that will stand up for Iowa and put their constituents over party, he should seriously consider voting for Cindy Axne.”