• Either Republicans Voted to End Medicare or They Didn't (Spoiler: They Did)

    It's December, which can only mean one thing. After wading through a whole year's worth of distortions and falsehoods from America's patrician class, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats for its coveted "Lie of the Year" award

    Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that…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."

    It's no secret that health care is fun and easy to lie about. (Rumor is that death panels come from when John Boehner and Michele Bachmann got hammered and kept trying to one-up each other.) But not everybody is impressed with PolitiFact's decision. Read what Steve Benen has to say

    "Medicare is a single-payer health care system offering guaranteed benefits to seniors. The House Republican budget plan intended to privatize the existing system and replace it with something very different — a voucher scheme. It would still be called 'Medicare,' but it wouldn’t be Medicare."

    Well now I don't know what to think. On the one hand, we've got a federal health care program that has been ended. On the other hand, we've got a once-reputable website that says it's a lie to say that it's ended.

    The only thing to do now is work on a health care lie of my own. Maybe something about how Democrats want to replace flu shots with bat guano.

    Look, I'm just spit-balling here.

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    Tags: Democrats, Health Care, PolitiFact, Republicans


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