Democrats have apparently decided their strategy for victory in 2012 includes lying about GOP plans to save Medicare. Instead of sitting back, however, Republicans are calling them out.
Responding to a GOP defeat in Tuesday’s special election in New York, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), said that demagoguery of his budget plan played a role. According to The Hill:
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, lashed out at Democrats, whom he said had distorted his 2012 budget proposal to their political benefit in the special election in New York’s 26th congressional district.
“There is a Medicare story to be told here … and it’s that the president and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare,” he told MSNBC.
Lashing out at Democrats for engaging in “Mediscare,” Ryan said he doubted the plan would work but said it could have an effect on senior citizens who might not know the truth about his budget.
“Having the ability to scare seniors is powerful,” he said.
On his ‘Majority Whip Blog,’ Kevin McCarthy wrote:
The House Democrats’ campaign arm is at it again with a new, false attack against the House Republicans’ plan to save and preserve Medicare for future generations. After already earning a “pants on fire” and a “total lie” for their previous attacks, House Democrats are again falsely claiming that House Republicans are out to end Medicare.
McCarthy cites several media fact checkers who have called the Democrat’s campaign everything from “misleading” to “outrageous.” He cites a report at the New Hampshire Union Leader calling a House Democratic attack ad a “total lie.”
One ad depicts “grandma” literally being thrown over a cliff by a mean Republican.
But in the wake of a Republican defeat in New York, Paul Ryan is back with a video entitled The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized.
Ryan explains in the video that if nothing is done, “Medicare will nearly double in the next decade, exhausting its remaining funds.” Where will “grandma” go then? Naturally, Democrats have no answer other than to blame Bush and raise taxes. If that doesn’t work, they can always get their allies in the Democrat-media complex to spin another lie they can push to gullible voters.
Tina Korbe writes at Hot Air:
The video’s effective infographics highlight the indisputable and alarming reality: The average American household spends 50 times more today on health care than it did in 1960. Health care spending now equals 17.6 percent of our economy — a full 11 points higher than the 5.6 percent it represented in 1960. And 10,000 Baby Boomers are added to Medicare every day.
The president’s plan, Ryan points out, would merely insert a panel of bureaucrats between Medicare and health care providers and between those providers and their patients. Those unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats would determine how much Medicare should pay for medical services, as well as what services doctors should provide their patients.
Korbe notes that Ryan appeared on Fox News Wednesday morning and explained the irony of the debate:
“[NY-26] is a preview of scare tactics, distortions, demagoguery to try to scare seniors into voting for them,” he said. “The irony of it is we’re the ones directly protecting Medicare’s current benefits for current seniors.”
What this means is that for next year and a half, Americans will be deluged with more lies and more fear-mongering from the very people who refused to even craft a budget for over 740 days. It really is a case of the fox asking the chickens for permission to protect the coop after eating half the chickens.
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