Rep. Ryan Fits Six Lies Into A Single Minute

June 03, 2011 3:55 pm ET — Alan Pyke

Contrary to polling, special elections, and town hall uproar, Republicans have decided their Medicare scheme is a political winner — it's just that Democrats are lying to people.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the plan's architect, expressed the GOP mentality in a Fox News interview yesterday, saying that Democrats are "distorting and demagoging" the plan and once people "realize they've been lied to," Democrats "are gonna be one the wrong end of that exchange with the American people." He then proceeded to misrepresent the GOP's "Path to Prosperity" budget in a half-dozen ways, capping the falsehoods with another whopper: "When people know the facts about what we proposed, they're extremely supportive," Ryan claimed. 

RYAN: This is as gradual as it gets. We don't affect the benefits for people above 55 years old in Medicare. In fact, we restore their benefits by repealing the Obamacare raid on the Medicare fund and the rationing board they put in charge of Medicare. We repeal that, we keep Medicare for everybody 55 and above and reform it for the next generation so that we can save the program and so that we can cashflow it for the next generation of seniors. When people know the facts about what we proposed, they're extremely supportive. And when they know the facts are that we put out a plan to literally not just balance the budget but pay off the debt, get this economy growing, and save Medicare, at the end of the day I believe facts win.


Read our full fact check debunking the top Republican lies about their budget.