The allegation that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis., photo) and his Republican colleagues "voted to end Medicare" is the "Lie of the Year," according to the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact. Asserting that Rep. Ryan’s budget plan would "end Medicare," the fact-check website notes, discounts the fact that it would not apply to people 55 and older, and that the federal government would award subsidies to seniors to purchase their own private insurance plans.
But even though Medicare would remain in existence, just in a different form, Democrats and liberal critics — bloggers, columnists, political committees, politicians — repeatedly charged that the plan would eliminate Medicare altogether. The website reported:
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."
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