What You Need To Know About Ryan, Medicare And His Budget

The left, as soon as the Ryan announcement was made, dug up some of the same proven lies as they had last year.  This has been well documented and vetted throughout the country. 

    • The robocalls, paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, claim the GOP plan “actually increases the debt by almost $2 trillion.” That’s misleading. It’s true that the GOP proposes an increase of $1.91 trillion next fiscal year, compared with where it stands now. But that’s smaller than the $2.15 trillion increase projected under Obama’s budget.
    • The calls falsely claim that “Medicare will end” under the GOP plan. As we have written before, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the plan would require future beneficiaries now younger than 55 to pay more than they typically would under traditional Medicare. It’s accurate to say the GOP plan would alter Medicare profoundly, but it’s false to claim that Medicare would cease to exist.
    • The robocalls falsely claim that the House GOP budget plan would end “Medicare to pay for subsidies for Big Oil.” The plan proposes no specific changes in existing tax breaks for oil companies.

Upon request, the DCCC provided backup documents to support its claims. The Democratic committee cited pages 5 and 6 of the GOP budget bill, which lays out targets for the federal debt for the next 10 years. The GOP’s budget projects that the federal debt subject to statutory limits would reach $16.2 trillion by the end of fiscal year 2012. According to the U.S. Treasury, the debt subject to the limit stood at $14.29 trillion as of the close of business June 9 (the most recent day for which the daily Treasury statement was available online as of this writing). That’s “almost” $2 trillion, to be sure. But the fact is the president’s proposed 2012 budget would require the debt ceiling to be increased even more — to $16.44 trillion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget office. That’s a $2.15 trillion increase.

The DCCC also stated in its backup that the total increase over 10 years would be $8.8 trillion under the GOP budget resolution. That’s true enough. It would increase $13.3 trillion under Obama’s budget, according to CBO’s figures.

The DCCC also falsely claims four times that Medicare would end under the GOP budget plan.  [H]ere’s what the GOP Medicare plan would do: For those 55 and older, the plan would have no effect on Medicare. For those younger than 55, the proposal would create an exchange where seniors would choose from a variety of government-approved health plans. According to CBO, the proposal “includes rules that would govern the Medicare exchange — including requiring insurers to issue insurance to all people eligible for Medicare who apply.”

The fact is, Medicare would not end. 

Then there’s the blathering about raising taxes on the middle class while giving tax cuts to the wealthy.  It is a blatant falsehood.  It’s a lie.  How do we know it’s a lie?  Because Ryan’s plan never specified any changes to the tax code.  No one knows what it would do because Ryan’s plan didn’t address it other than general concepts.  The left even had the audacity to say that Ryan’s plan would increase tax breaks for oil companies.

The plan proposes no specific changes in existing tax breaks — or subsidies, as the Democrats call themfor oil companies or any other industry. It calls for changes in the tax code to broaden the tax base and reduce corporate and individual tax rates, but it leaves the specifics up to the tax-writing committee, the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The fascinating part in all of this is that both sides of the aisle agree, or rather agreed just a short time ago that we need to broaden the base and eliminate loopholes.  Here’s what Ryan had to say on this……

Separately, Rep. Paul Ryan, who is chairman of the House Budget Committee and architect of the GOP budget plan, expressed support for repealing certain oil industry tax breaks in an interview with ABC’s Christiane Amanpour:

ABC News, May 1: “Would you back ending subsidies to oil companies?” Amanpour asked.

“Oh yes,” said Rep. Ryan. “I think we should clean up all those loopholes. And don’t forget, there’s a lot of corporate welfare spending that is in our budget put in there by both political parties because of powerful interests. We want to get rid of all that.”

Don’t let the lies go unchallenged. 

Now, many leftists object to factcheck.org.  Simply direct them to left leaning Politifact.  They called it the Lie of the Year 2011: ‘Republicans voted to end Medicare’


h/t to Kevin Glass

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20 Responses to What You Need To Know About Ryan, Medicare And His Budget

  1. Dick Morris thinks in the Ryan v Biden debates Ryan will “cut him to pieces”:

    • suyts says:

      Well, yes, but only in an honest debate. Which, Biden is so clueless, he’ll repeat what ever lie he’s told and pretend he scored points….. and so with the rest of the left. Hopefully, there’ll be enough informed people to understand this.

      • But I’m thinking there’s going to be a contrast, Ryan, the Wisconsin boy, Biden, the DC pro. I ‘m thinking there’s going to be a clear difference. There’s no mistaking it, a person will have one clear path or another clear path to choose from. Biden will be judged by the last 4 years regardless of what he says in the debate. Everyone already knows it’s just going to be 4 more years of what has already happened, maybe even to a higher degree, with Obama/Biden.

        It’s just going to be up to Ryan to say what he and Romney will do.

      • suyts says:

        I agree, the contrast should be remarkable!

    • philjourdan says:

      Ah, Geez, AAIM! That is not even fair! The only thing Biden has going for him is that no one pays attention to the VP debate.

  2. Just a good kid from Wisconsin!

    VP choice Ryan: first speech in Wisconsin:

    • suyts says:

      Yeh, I really like the pick.

      • Jim Masterson says:

        My wife thinks this pick is a mistake–that Romney will lose now. I hope she is wrong.

        Dick Morris is probably right about the debate with Biden.

        When Biden said that the first article of the Constitution refers to the Presidency, Palin should have called him on it. After all those years in the Senate, Biden should have known that the first article refers to Congress. It’s the second article that refers to the Presidency. I guess Palin didn’t know the Constitution well enough to make that call.


      • suyts says:

        Well, I’m not sure if she didn’t know that or it just caught her flat footed. Ryan’s style, of course, is entirely different. He’s much more deliberative. So, he’ll catch Biden in his ignorance, the question is can he score style points while he does it.

        Ryan’s a good fiscal conservative. He won’t be as bombastic as Palin. She did well to excite the base, but it put off a lot of other people. This time around, the base doesn’t need excited, they already are. So, Ryan doesn’t have to be the flame thrower Palin had to be. His demeanor will project a continuity with Romney’s. Calm and confident. In the mean time, Obama is looking more and more angry.

      • Jim Masterson says:

        I can just imagine Biden’s handlers slapping themselves in their foreheads when Biden made the statement saying: “How stupid can he be?” I can also see Palin’s handlers doing the same thing and saying: “What a missed opportunity!”


      • suyts says:

        Lol, yeh, I can just imagine being backstage trying to control my screaming.

  3. Vickie says:

    I shared this with a friend of mine on FB… He is for Obama all the way and thinks that Romney and Ryan are a very bad choice because they will do away with Medicare.

    • suyts says:

      lol, yeh, I watched it over the weekend. ‘bambi looks unhappy. 😀

      • kim2ooo says:

        I had that look one time – when I hot caught lying about getting in the cookies jar.

        I knew I was wrong.
        I knew I had been caught in a stupid lie.
        I knew I had no defense.

        I LEARNED from it.

  4. kim2ooo says:

    ALL I need to know”:
    “I will do whatever it takes” to defeat Paul Ryan.

    This is what Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, declared only hours after Paul Ryan’s announcement as the Vice Presidential nominee in an email to her pro-abortion donors.

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