Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs appeared on Chuck Todd’s MSNBC program The Daily Rundown this morning and got caught telling a lie about Paul Ryan’s medicare program. The Obama spin-master said that the Ryan plan would hurt his 83 year old lung cancer surviving father. Todd corrected Gibbs by pointing out that the Ryan plan would not affect current seniors,
Todd: Your father is not going to get that because they’re not going to do anything to him.”
Gibbs: (looking a bit stunned at being challenged with the truth) “I wouldn’t trust Republicans on Medicare as far as I can throw them… the plan would effectively “end Medicare as we know it.
Todd: “Does the President owe us a plan, then?”
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Gibbs: “Let’s be clear,that the President has taken important steps to not only make the Medicare benefit stronger, again, by adding things like preventive health care and we’ve extended the life of the health care
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Here are three things that the Obama people wont tell you but everyone should know about the Ryan medicare plan (written by the AEI) :
1. No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way.
2. Traditional Medicare fee-for-service would remain available for all. “Premium support”—that is, government funding of private insurance plans chosen by individuals—is an option for those who choose it. No senior would be forced out of the traditional Medicare program against his will.
3. Overall funding for Medicare under the Ryan-Wyden plan is scheduled to grow at the same rate as under President Obama’s proposals. Is this “gutting Medicare” and “ending Medicare as we know it”? In reality, it’s the market giving seniors cheaper, higher quality choices they can take if they wish, with the traditional program remaining an option.