Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ryan uses his mom to lie about Medicare, hitting new low.

Ed Schultz revealed this outrageously deceptive and transparent ad campaign last week, showing Republican politicians using their moms to convince voters they would never kill Medicare. 

Hey, these GOP moms say that's not so. What kind of mom would say otherwise?

Here's the plan:

It's an old idea, that's new again. Trotting a few Medicare moms like Ryan below, for purely political reasons, just so a few selfish teabillies can feel good about attacking "socialism," is as nasty as Republicans can get. At least Ryan's mom has hers already.
jsonline: Paul Ryan, a champion of changing Medicare, spoke as a passionate defender Saturday in Florida, promising seniors that he and Mitt Romney would save it, and he introduced his mother to voters to drive home the point.

Ryan's silent mom didn't actually have to say if Ryan was lying or not. Here's how the truth is bent into a pretzel:
Ryan accused Obama of raiding the Medicare "piggybank" to pay for his health care overhaul and he warned starkly that hospitals and nursing homes may close as a result. The Wisconsin congressman introduced his 78-year-old mother to an audience of seniors in Florida and passionately defended a program that has provided old-age security for two generations of his own family. Said Ryan in Florida: "You want to know what Medicare is saying about this? From Medicare officials themselves: One out of six of our hospitals and our nursing homes will go out of business as a result of this," meaning Obama's Medicare cuts.

That was a far from exact reference to a 2010 analysis by Medicare chief actuary Richard Foster. He said then that roughly 15 percent of hospitals and nursing homes that provide Medicare services could "become unprofitable" over a decade not necessarily go out of business thanks to cuts in payments from the government under the health care law.

But Foster's analysis also said the law would improve key Medicare benefits, solve the "doughnut hole" gap in coverage for seniors, expand health insurance to millions more people, reduce the federal budget deficit and extend the solvency of the government's hospital insurance trust fund by up to 12 years. Hospitals remain largely on board with the health care law, without apparent fear of closing.

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