Democrats "Bogus" Medicare Claim

Posted by Brian Patrick on


On Sunday, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz dodged all incoming questions regarding the Democrats’ lack of a plan to save Medicare, which would result in the bankruptcy of the important safety-net. Worse, the Chairwoman made blatantly false assertions that have been harshly rebuked as ‘bogus’ and ‘scaremongering.’


  • WaPo Fact Check: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Made “Bogus” Claims About The GOP’s Medicare Plan. Wasserman Schultz’s bogus claim that the GOP Medicare plan will ‘throw you to the wolves’ (The Washington Post, 6/1/11)
  • WaPo Fact Check: Wasserman Shultz Made Multiple False Claims While Describing The GOP Plan. Wasserman Schultz did not say voucher, but her statement suggests that people would be handed a check (“X number of dollars”) and then have to go out and find a plan that they can afford. She also said the plan would “allow insurance companies to deny you coverage and drop you for pre-existing conditions.” Neither of those claims are true. (The Washington Post, 6/1/11)
  • The WaPo Fact Check Concluded: Wasserman Schultz is jumping to conclusions — not to mention [using] scaremongering metaphors — to describe provisions in the GOP Medicare plan that just do not exist. (The Washington Post, 6/1/11)

When Challenged By Fact Check Organizations, A DNC Spokesman Doubled Down Saying “We Stand By” The Chairwoman’s False Assertions. DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said “we stand by the statement” that the GOP plan would deny coverage to future beneficiaries with preexisting conditions. Sevugan provided excerpts of testimony given April 5 by Michael F. Cannon ... But that’s not what the DNC chairwoman said. She said the GOP plan would allow private insurers to “drop you for preexisting conditions,” and that’s just not true. (, 5/31/11)

  • And The Expert The DNC Cited ... He Called The Chairwoman’s Claim “High-Octane Idiocy.” We checked with Michael Cannon, director of health policy at the libertarian Cato Institute, one of the experts cited by Sevugan as backing up Wasserman Schultz’s claim. Cannon described her comment as “high-octane idiocy.” (The Washington Post, 6/1/11)

But This Isn’t Anything New For The DNC, Considering It’s The Second Time In A Week The Chairwoman Has Ignored The Facts. This is the second time in a week that the DNC has So it seems that Debbie Wasserman Schultz simply made an objectively false statement about Ryan's proposed Medicare reform. This is the second time in one week the DNC chair had a problem getting the facts straight. (The Weekly Standard, 5/31/11)

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