PolitiFact rated “Republicans voted to end Medicare” as the Lie Of The Year for 2011.
Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April 2011 that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit. The plan introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would have kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically change the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies.
Democrats pounced. Just 4 days after the party line vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for healthy care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.
Rep Steve Israel of NY, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee appeared on cable news shows and declared that Republicans voted to “terminate Medicare.” A web video from the liberal group Agenda Project said the plan would have the country “without Medicare” and showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff.
PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact checks rated False or Pants on Fire.
Kathleen Hall Jamison, an expert on campaign advertising, who directs the Anneberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania, says Democrats have been using falsehoods and exaggerations about Medicare and Social Security since at least 1952. She calls it the longest running “Democratic deception. It fits with a core theme from Democrats that they will use government to protect seniors and needy people, while Republicans supposedly want to cut those programs. It is a scare tactic that works. If you’re reliant on Medicare, a suggestion your benefits are going to be cut in any way is a direct, visceral threat.”
The scare tactics are effective because seniors worry about being able to pay their medical bills and Medicare is a vital program for them. Also, seniors represent a large, up-for-grabs voting bloc.
According to Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of N.C., Chapel Hill, “If you can scare seniors that something is going to happen to those programs, there is potentially a huge payoff in votes.”
The Truth: While it may scare Seniors, Medicare is headed toward bankruptcy if we do nothing . But at least you are being told the truth without an agenda. Medicare is projected to be gone by 2024 and Social Security by 2036.
While Obama has our country rushing toward a European-style Socialist society where the federal government dominates the economy, neither he nor the Democrats have a viable plan to save Social Security or Medicare. The Democrat led Senate hasn’t even passed a budget in more than 1,000 days.
Obama nor the Democrats have a viable plan to save Social Security and Medicare and the Democratic led Senate hasn’t passed a budget in more than 1,000 days.
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the three biggest drivers of federal spending and are on track to add nearly $100 trillion to the budget if we continue following Obama and do nothing. By 2025, those three entitlements, plus interest on the national debt, will consume 100% of all tax revenues.
Ignoring this problem is just as bad as the liberal Democrats who sit in Washington thinking they can control health care, which represents 17% of the American economy. As bad as our economy is now - Obama’s policies will make them worse.
By trying to micromanage our economy, the Democrats are ensuring that taxing, spending, regulating, and borrowing will continue to rise while new business creation, job growth and our overall economy dies. And attacking those in Congress who attempt to bring issues to the forefront, those that attempt to find a plan to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the American economy, is insulting to voters’ intelligence.
When solutions are proposed to save these entitlements, Democrats and the lapdog media are relentless at using scare tactics to contain the discussion and convince voters to re-elect them.
If America is to survive, to be returned to its once greatness and prosperity, it is our free enterprise system that will take us there, not a Socialist agenda. It won’t be easy but we have no choice. We need to get back to the basics, live within our means and prioritize our needs. We need to support those that offer solutions and boot those out that continue to lie and lead us down the path to bankruptcy.