Politifact Lie of the Year: “Republicans Voted to End Medicare”
The left leaning Politifact released it’s “lie of the year” today.
This year the group decided that, “Republicans voted to end Medicare,” was the biggest lie beating out Barack Obama’s laughable line, “We’re better off today than when I took over.“
Democrats even made horrible dishonest ads showing Rep. Paul Ryan pushing grandma off a cliff over the lie.
What horrible people.
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.
Democrats pounced. Just four 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 health care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”
Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the DCCC, appeared on cable news shows and declared that Republicans voted to “terminate Medicare.” A Web video from the Agenda Project, a liberal group, said the plan would leave the country “without Medicare” and showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff. And just last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a fundraising appeal that said: “House Republicans’ vote to end Medicare is a shameful act of betrayal.”