Five Facts President Obama Hopes You Never Read About Medicare and Paul Ryan

RJ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/12 02:54:34

In an effort to scare senior citizens, Democrats repeated and overheated a charge that Politifact branded the 2011 “lie of the year” upon hearing that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has joined Mitt Romney as a running mate. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called Ryan “the architect of the Republican plan to kill Medicare” in a fundraising message sent by DCCC executive director Robby Mook. Mook explained the thinking behind making that charge in the next line, explaining that he wants to define Ryan in the minds of the American people as quickly as possible.

Remember, Politifact is a Left-leaning outfit, yet even they felt compelled to slam Democrats for their egregious distortions of Paul Ryan's Medicare plan. This debate is just getting (re) started, so here are a few key points to keep in mind as the "kill Medicare" falsehood gets spread far and wide:

(1) The Republican reform plan totally exempts anyone over the age of 55 from any changes. When President Obama promised Americans "if you like your plan, you can keep it" to push Obamacare, hedidn't tell the truth. The Ryan plan explicitly, in black and white, protects current and soon-to-be seniors. No changes.

(2) The Democrats' non-plan does the opposite. It has already slashed more than half-a-trillion dollars (Update: $741 Billion, according to the latest CBO score) from Medicare to fund Obamacare, and it has established an unaccountable and extremely powerful bureaucratic board to ration care in order to keep costs down. To repeat, current seniors have already seen their Medicare cut by President Obama, not Republicans.

(3) Medicare's own accountants have calculated that Medicare will be insolvent within 12 years. As Democrats claim that Romney and Ryan want to "kill Medicare" or "end Medicare as we know it," they fail to mention that the calendar and basic arithmetic will do that in the face of inaction. Doing nothing is President Obama's plan because it tempts voters with the illusion that everything is going to be just fine, and that he's protecting them from "draconian cuts." He hopes this charade will get him through the election cycle. But reality is gaining on us. Medicare "as we know it" will be obliterated for generations to come unless we start making changes for the future, while shielding people currently at or near retirement from any switch. Between items two and three on this list, the truth is revealed: Democrats' plans cut Medicare, and Democrats' calculated inaction will result in its ultimate demise. The Republican plan is an urgently necessary move to save the program.

(4) After his plan was criticized for being too partisan in the first "Path to Prosperity" budget, Paul Ryan adjusted his reforms in the FY 2013 version. He updated his Medicare reform to embrace a bipartsian solution he co-crafted with progressive Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), which maintains the original "premium support" model, but includes traditional Medicare as an option for future seniors. Again, the Medicare reform plan for future seniors is bipartisan, and co-authored by a committed liberal who understands that the clock is running out to save the program. The updated version's provisions are also means-tested, meaning they entail more federal assistance to poorer and sicker future seniors than richer and healthier ones.

(5) The Romney/Ryan plan does not impose "draconian and radical cuts." In fact, the Republican budget increases spending. Every year. It simply slows the rate of increase. The most recent House-passed budget increases spending from $3.53 Trillion to $4.88 Trillion within the next ten years. This does, however, spend trillions less than President Obama's unanimously-defeated budgetsenvisioned. In case you hadn't noticed, we're broke, and it's getting worse.

Democrats are going to go all-in to ensure that these facts never see the light of day. They will try to frighten current seniors and paint Romney and Ryan as heartless monsters. The best response is to tell the truth, early and often -- and to push back hard. Why are Democrats actually cutting Medicare to pay for a new expensive entitlement program? Why have they set up a rationing board for the elderly? And what is their plan to avoid the 2024 Medicare expiration date, according to their own government numbers? As we've learned, they don't have answers to these questions. The president hopes he will evade these issues by constantly blaming and distorting. Don't let him get away with that abdication of leadership; Paul Ryan certainly won't. For these reasons, the Romney campaign says bring it on:

The Romney campaign relishes this fight. There is only one person in this race who has already cut Medicare for seniors, and that is President Obama. Obamacare cut Medicare for America’s seniors by $700 billion. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a bipartisan plan to strengthen Medicare for today and tomorrow’s seniors. Obama’s campaign has accused Mitt Romney of committing crimes and killing people, and now they have turned their smear campaign to Paul Ryan. They have lost all credibility.

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  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/13 01:52:09 (edited)
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    IF they reform Medicare, that is NOT ending it, is is making it possible for it to survive, and nobody born before 1957 would even be affected at all. I was born after that, but I realize without reform money will run out and we will have rationing.

    Why do these same people have no problem with Obama robbing 500 billion from Medicare for his crappy Obamacare plan. That WILL affect the Seniors, they should be more upset about that.
  • RJ~PWCM... WhereIs... 2012/08/13 02:24:42
    It's a very good question. I wonder if, for a large % of the older population, they still rely on the old media for their so-called "news"? And so have a highly distorted view of how bad 0bamacare is going to be for them!
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/08/12 23:38:02
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Bravo - great article
  • RJ~PWCM... Jackie ... 2012/08/13 02:23:48
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/08/12 23:15:11
    But you have all the rabid libertarians AND proggie dem libbies saying it does.

    We have to educate a whole bunch of folks and over-shout a whole bunch of others. And we won't get a fair shake in the media.
  • Arel 2012/08/12 16:39:18
    If people don't know this by now they will find it out in the next few months. I hope people are paying attention this time around.
  • gr8punkin 2012/08/12 16:12:10
    leftists having problems with math and facts?
    Shocking! At least they're consistent.
  • jimmy d 2012/08/12 15:20:06
    jimmy d
    Boy it didn't take the losers long to put something out on the airwaves did it? We need a concerted COUNTERPUNCH to bring these statists to their knees!!!!!!!
    take america back romney
  • Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩ 2012/08/12 11:25:38
  • RJ~PWCM... Philo® ... 2012/08/12 11:37:32
    I doubt it. This kind of stuff is for the adults in the room. It requires a minimum of common sense, and some awareness of what the problem is. 0bamabots lack those!
  • Philo® ... RJ~PWCM... 2012/08/12 11:38:14
  • PoliticallyIncorrect 2012/08/12 05:58:26
    If Obeyme's lips are moving, he's lying.

    If there's a tax that Obeyme can put on anyone, even the poor, he will do it.

    If there's a lie available, Obeyme will tell it.

    If there's an anti-American radical looking for a friend, Obeyme will befriend him.

    If there's a dirty trick Obeyme can dig out of the Chicago lowlife thug political trick bag, Obeyme will play it.

    If there's a way to destroy America, Obeyme will do it.

    If there's a law Obeyme can spit on, he will break it.

    If there's a way to play the race card, Obeyme will play it.

    If Obeyme thinks he can cheat Americans out of their country, he will do it.

    Obeyme has played Americans for stupid suckers, and some Americans are living down to his expectations.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/08/12 05:53:34
    Yet even more reasons why the unjust socialist Obama care tax must be completely repealed.
  • wtw 2012/08/12 05:18:46
    They would rather lie to people because the truth damns them!
  • Dagon 2012/08/12 04:18:02
  • jimmy d Dagon 2012/08/12 15:21:12
    jimmy d
    The voice of reason!!!
  • Dee 2012/08/12 03:20:12
    How many times have I read the absurd accusations that Ryan wants to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security on these blogs by people you KNOW never read Ryan's proposal. Just the fact that they would make such outlandish statements removes all doubt that they never read it and are only parroting what some other uninformed person said.
  • betz Dee 2012/08/12 17:25:56
    They will lie through their fricking teeth.....that's what and all they do.
  • Dee betz 2012/08/12 17:44:06
    I've noticed.
  • goatman112003 2012/08/12 03:18:41
    People who understood Obamacare and not the vote for me and I give it free group knew it was cut to pay for uninsured. The fact under Communism or progressive socialism is the citizen is required to die for the state when they aren't productive. Well the elderly and retired don't work but collect and therefore will be eliminated. The state only invests in those who they can tax or exploit. Earlier this week I went to a wake of an elderly woman killed by Obamacare. I saw the new system in action. Drugs knock you out and no food or water for 7 days and you are dead. I knew what was happening and the reason why. Screw that SOB in the White House and throw out that mouthy woman he has for a wife.
  • Israel goatman... 2012/08/12 20:16:10
  • Ken 2012/08/12 03:14:03
    The media will help indoctrinate Obama's lies on Medicare to the masses.

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