This fact-check piece is about a series of lies Pat Boone is being paid to tell about Ryan’s plan to end Medicare. Not particularly interesting or remarkable: a conservative group (60 Plus) retained a paid hack to go out and spread the gospel.
But. This one lie he’s telling should probably get some attention, because I assume they’re going to cycle it into rotation again:
The claim: Boone also says Ryan is “not proposing to take $500 billion out of Medicare – that’s President Obama’s plan!”
Closer look: Actually, while Ryan would kill the health law, it would retain the $500 billion (over 10 years) in Medicare savings called for in the law, money that comes from cutting some payments to hospitals and cutting some funding from the Medicare Advantage program.
You all will remember this, I’m sure. Democrats didn’t really defend on this attack, because it is (mostly) true that Democrats shifted 500 billion in Medicare Advantage subsidies to the uninsured:
Last fall, Republicans spent millions on TV ads attacking Democrats for cutting Medicare. Those cuts—which reduced reimbursements to drug companies, hospitals and insurance companies and totaled about $500 billion over 10 years—were made to pay for the new subsidies to younger, uninsured Americans.
“Maybe Schauer’s trying to hide his own vote to cut $500 billion from Medicare,” said one typical television ad, this one targeting then-Rep. Mark Schauer (D., Mich.), who lost his re-election bid. “Let’s save Medicare, and cut Schauer.” Like others, this ad was paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. A total of about $70 million was spent on TV ads attacking Democrats on Medicare, mostly for supporting the cuts in the health care law, according to tracking by Campaign Media Analysis Group.
This week, Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, released his budget proposal. It included a major restructuring of the Medicare program, and repealed much of the Democratic health care law. But his plan keeps in place the Medicare reductions.
500 billion less to Medicare Advantage and more uninsured.