Last year, an unbiased fact-checking organization named Politifact awarded Democrats the honor of telling the “Lie of the Year” about Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. Democrats were given the award for saying that Paul Ryan wanted to “end Medicare as we know it.”
For the first time in Politifact’s history, it seems that Democrats are eager to repeat the award for the same lie again this year.
Now that Paul Ryan has been nominated as Romney’s V.P., the Democrats are hoping to scare senior citizens away from Ryan and Romney by endlessly repeating that Ryan and Romney want to “end Medicare as we know it.” Even president Obama has been repeating this falsehood.
So why is this a lie? First, Romney and Ryan both have said that they will not eliminate traditional Medicare at all. There will be no changes for seniors who are currently on Medicare. In fact, everyone age 55 and over will not have the option of choosing anything else besides traditional Medicare.
For those Americans who are younger than 55, they will have the choice between traditional Medicare or obtaining private insurance where the government pays for the cost of purchasing private insurance as long as private insurance covers the same benefits and features as traditional Medicare.
That’s it. No one is proposing “ending Medicare as we know it.” No one is proposing eliminating traditional Medicare for anyone.
So during the next few months, you will hear a lot of Democrats saying that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney want to end Medicare. It is simply not true no matter how many times they say it.
From the sound of the presidential campaign these days, we can anticipate the Democrats earning back-to-back trophies for ”The Lie of the Year.”
In conclusion, Gingrich did a great job discussing this very issue last Sunday during his interview on Face the Nation. I encourage you to watch the whole interview, but he starts talking about health care at 1:26 of the clip below.
If you are interesting in finding out greater detail about the Romney/Ryan plan for health care, click here.