Lie of the Year 2011: 'Republicans voted to end Medicare'

Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically changed the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Dec 20, 2011 - 3:19 AM PST
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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Dec 21, 2011 - 12:41 PM PST
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by Ben Ross - Dec. 27, 2011

Hyperbole in chat about Medicaid.... nothing new here.

after years of GOP attempted slashes at services to citizens.... the dems fight back with fire...the only problem ...they do not solve any problems themselves...due to their position in the pocket of big insure/pharma.etc. ...ASK what is the plain spoken opinion of the 99%. ....We want health care for everyone...let it be payed for via fair taxes....especially( more than at present) of the rich. Most people wonder why big pharma gets to make the rules and buy the legislation. fact ... More »

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by sacpros - Dec. 24, 2011

Many people's lifes are directly at stake when talking about Medicare

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Dec. 21, 2011
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by Michael Campbell - Dec. 21, 2011

No. Absolutely not! Democratic exaggerations, and there have been some, are relatively minor, while the points they make about the Ryan plan are essentially true. This certainly does not qualify as the lie of the year, and most of the Democratic response to Ryan is absolutely accurate. His plan does end Medicare as we know it and turns it from a government-run program into a private, voucher-supported program that would provide FAR less care for the elderly or at an extremely elevated price, considering the budgets of most retired people.

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