August 02, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Fact Check
As a deal on the debt crisis was being reached, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) refocused their energy on lying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and distorting its impact on job creators, seniors and economy. In Politico op-eds, the congressmen attacked the health care waivers granted, cited the debunked McKinsey study as proof of the ACA's supposed negative impact on hiring, and condemned the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) for harming seniors by denying care. Rep. Ryan also rehashed the tired claim that the ACA cut $500 billion from Medicare and falsely asserted the ACA has "weakened our economy and accelerated out-of-control government spending" while touting his "Path to Prosperity" budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it.
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The looming default crisis dominated the Sunday talk shows, which meant Republicans were busy misrepresenting their own proposals, the polling about their proposals, and the policies that put us in this mess to begin with. On NBC, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) claimed the GOP's balanced budget amendment scheme is the only way to satisfy credit raters about U.S. creditworthiness, which is simply not true. On ABC, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) pretended that polling supports the GOP's anti-tax zealotry despite at least 21 polls this year that show broad opposition to their ideological stance. On Fox, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) falsely claimed the GOP's scheme doesn't require even steeper cuts to the safety net than the House 2012 budget and unfairly laid the blame for our debt entirely at President Obama's feet, and Herman Cain lied about who pays top-end income tax rates. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani misrepresented recent economic history and exaggerated his own budget accomplishments in New York City, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) misled viewers about Social Security.
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June 14, 2011 10:53 am ET filed under Fact Check
In an op-ed on FoxNews.com titled "Obama's Economic Experiment Has Failed - Time to Get Back to What Works," Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) put forward a slew of mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods to attack President Obama's economic record. Ignoring that Obama inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression — and that his Recovery Act helped prevent an even greater economic downturn — Ryan asserted that the Recovery Act has "failed to create jobs." To this end, Ryan also deceptively cited lackluster May jobs numbers and a report that preceded Obama's inauguration. Ryan also attacked the president's signature policies, including financial and health care reform, baselessly asserting that they didn't fix "the problems they were intended to address." He touted his own plan to 'save Medicare' (even though the GOP budget plan would dismantle the Medicare system) and falsely claimed that President Obama doesn't have any plan to address the program. He threw around meaningless catch words like "uncertainty" to attack Obama's tax policy, and misleadingly stated that the U.S.'s corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world, when in fact the effective tax rate is lower than many other developed countries. And despite the numerous tax cuts Obama and Democrats passed over Republican objections, Ryan attacked the president for tax hikes on job creators.
June 13, 2011 8:41 pm ET filed under Video
From the June 13, 2011, GOP presidential primary debate in New Hampshire:
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Sunday saw multiple GOPers blaming President Obama for job losses that are rightly blamed on President Bush's recession and pretending that Obama policies haven't started to turn the job market around. Republicans have never stopped misleading people about the impact of the Recovery Act, but ignoring two million new private-sector jobs since February 2010 is shameless. Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) each offered one jobs lie or another. Pawlenty claimed that tax cuts pay for themselves (they don't), that President Obama is "out of ideas" on economic and entitlement issues (false), that we "have to" cut Social Security (nope), that the Affordable Care Act cut $500 billion from Medicare (wrong again), and that he didn't really leave a $6 billion deficit behind at the end of his term as Governor of Minnesota (nice try). Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) falsely claimed on CBS that the GOP Medicare plan doesn't affect current seniors, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) told CNN that ending oil subsidies will increase gas prices, and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) told CNN that the debt ceiling deadline isn't real because "the global economy will understand" if we default.
June 08, 2011 6:01 pm ET filed under Ad Check
Amid complaints that Democrats are scaring seniors about the GOP Medicare plan, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) jumped into the fray with an ad clearly aimed at scaring seniors about the Democratic plan for Medicare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act. The NRCC attacks the Affordable Care Act by taking media quotes out of context to claim it would “decimate Medicare” and will lead to “political rationing.” These are straight-up lies considering the health care law extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund and prohibits rationing care. The health care law also protects and expands Medicare by cutting down on waste, fraud and abuse in the system, and by closing the prescription drug “donut hole” and providing additional preventive and wellness care to seniors.
June 06, 2011 5:19 pm ET filed under Ad Check
With a new web ad, 60 Plus Association is peddling the same lies about the Republican Medicare plan as it's done before. This time they are claiming the GOP plan fulfills the "promise" made to seniors and that it will "save Medicare." But the fact is the GOP plan for Medicare breaks the promise to seniors of a guaranteed benefit by replacing Medicare with an underfunded voucher system. Additionally, despite 60 Plus' claim, the GOP plan does not provide seniors with the same care members of Congress receive because it does not adjust for rising health care costs. And even though they say that there is "no disruption in benefits to those in or near retirement," the GOP Medicare plan negatively impacts benefits for current seniors by reopening the prescription drug "donut hole" and by eliminating preventative services provided by the Affordable Care.
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The first Sunday in June saw potential GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) dominating the misinformation in the Sunday talk shows. On Fox News Sunday, Palin distorted the truth about the economic recovery, blasting the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing efforts as ineffective and claiming that we've "hit a brick wall," when in fact economists agree that rounds of bond-buying easing helped stabilize the economy and that May's jobs numbers are merely a road bump. She also lied about the source of April's positive job-creation numbers, left out some key information about the U.S.'s corporate tax rate, and distorted Moody's warning about raising the debt ceiling. Palin and Barbour both had lots to say about the Republican budget proposal — all of it false. They both suggested that no one but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has offered a viable plan to save Medicare, even though the Democrats have discussed building on reforms in the health care law in order to contain costs and save the program. Palin claimed the GOP plan will "save" Medicare (but it won't) and that it doesn't affect current seniors (but it does). Barbour repeated the old falsehood that the GOP plan will give seniors options just like those of Congress (which it won't). He also attacked the Obama administration with claims that it has helped Wall Street at the expense of Main Street; that President Obama is responsible for high gas prices; and that health care reform discourages job creation. The facts do not support those claims either.
June 03, 2011 4:55 pm ET filed under Blog
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In order to attack Democrats' credibility on the House-passed Republican budget proposal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have recently cited independent fact-checkers' analyses Democratic statements about the GOP plan to dismantle the Medicare system. But those same fact-checking organizations routinely point out Republicans' false claims — including their distortions about how their plan would affect Medicare. And while those organizations have taken issue with specific phrasing or excessive rhetoric from Democrats, it's well-established that the Republican plan would, in fact, turn Medicare into a voucher system that would shift rising health care costs onto future seniors rather than preserving the Medicare program as-is.
June 03, 2011 3:28 pm ET filed under Fact Check
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 on June 2, 2011, 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. The facts, unfortunately for Republicans, say otherwise.
June 02, 2011 5:28 pm ET filed under Video
From the June 2, 2011, edition of Fox News' America Live:
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