Jul 01, 2012
FACT CHECK: Paul Ryan Falsely Claims the Affordable Care Act “Raids Medicare”
Today on ABC This Week, Republican Budget Committee Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan (WI-01) falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act “raids Medicare” and failed to explain how Republicans, including Mitt Romney, could attack the Affordable Care Act for $500 billion in Medicare savings while those same savings are in the Republican budget that Ryan authored.
The truth is that these Medicare savings come in part from subsidies to insurance companies and both Factcheck.org and Politifact have found they would not impact Medicare benefits at all. In reality, the New York Times recently noted that a mailer by Republican Congressman David McKinley “makes a point that […] The same cuts they are blasting in some of their most potent attack ads are retained in the Ryan plan they voted on.” Bloomberg News also reported this week that “Republicans assume the same savings in their own budget blueprint crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.”
While Ryan’s Republican Budget preserves these $500 billion in Medicare savings, it also includes drastic cuts to Medicare that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says would double health care costs for seniors.
House Republicans’ Budget Kept The Same Medicare Savings. “Republicans assume the same [$500 billion in Medicare] savings in their own budget blueprint crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. The plan would convert Medicare to a voucher plan, a proposal that’s drawn scorn from seniors’ groups including the AARP because it would end Medicare as a defined-benefit program. While the current law plows its projected savings back into subsidies to help low-income individuals buy insurance, the Ryan plan counts the money toward debt reduction.” [Bloomberg News, 6/28/12]
NYT: Republican Budget Plan Comes Under Fire From Unlikely Source: G.O.P. Candidates. The New York Times recently reported that a mailer by Republican Congressman David McKinley “makes a point that Republicans and their supporters fail to note when they attack Democrats for Medicare spending cuts in the 2010 health care law. The same cuts they are blasting in some of their most potent attack ads are retained in the Ryan plan they voted on.” [New York Times, 6/22/12]
The Affordable Care Act Does Not Reduce Benefits, It Enhances Them. According to PolitiFact, “The health care law does not reduce benefits -- in fact, it enhances them.” As explained by Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. “The Affordable Care Act improves the benefits in Medicare, in terms of prevention, in terms of filling in the donut hole in Medicare Part D for prescription drugs.” [PolitiFact.com, 12/12/11]