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June 13, 2011 at

PAWLENTY RHETORIC: "I'm going to have my own plan that would feature some difference between Congressman Ryan’s plan."

REALITY: PAWLENTY SAID HE WOULD SIGN THE RYAN BUDGET

  • Pawlenty: If "The Bill Came To My Desk And I Had To Choose Between Signing Or Not Congressman Ryan's Plan, Of Course I Would Sign It;" [Ben Smith, Politico, 5/26/11; video]

REALITY: FELLOW REPUBLICANS BACK THE RYAN PLAN

  • Romney Said "Yes," He Would Sign The Ryan Plan That Would Have Restructured Medicare; [ABC News, 6/2/11]
  • Gingrich Praised Ryan’s Proposal To Transform Medicare And Medicaid Into A Block Grant System; [Human Events, 4/13/11]
  • Bachmann Voted For The Ryan Budget Plan; [New York Times, Vote 277, 4/15/11]
  • Herman Cain Supported Paul Ryan’s Plan "One Hundred Percent;" [Fox & Friends, Fox News, 5/26/11]
  • Santorum Praised Ryan Medicare Plan In Announcement Speech, Compared Ryan Plan To Medicare Part D. [Politico, 6/6/11]

REALITY: REP. RYAN’S BUDGET ENDS MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT

  • Wall Street Journal: “The [GOP Budget] Plan Would Essentially End Medicare.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

REALITY: REP. RYAN’S VOUCHER SYSTEM WOULD COST SENIORS THOUSANDS IN OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES

  • The Economist: Rep. Paul Ryan’s Plan Shifts The Burden Of Risk Onto Seniors By Only Delivering A Voucher For An Amount Ryan Thinks Ought To Be Enough For Health Care, Not Guaranteeing All Care; [Economist, 4/5/11]
  • Politifact: Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Plan Would Force The Average Senior Receiving Medicare To Pay $6,350 More Out-Of-Pocket For Health Care; [Politifact, 5/6/11]
  • Center for Economic Policy Research: A Person Born In 1957 At Age 65 Will Require An Additional $182,000 In Retirement Savings In Order To Purchase Private Insurance Rather Than Accept Coverage Through Medicare. [Center for Economic and Policy Research, “Letter to Rep. George Miller”]

REALITY: REP. RYAN’S BUDGET PLAN REINSTATES THE "DOUGHNUT HOLE" FOR THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN

  • Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Would Continue The "Doughnut Hole" In The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. [Kaiser Health News, 4/6/11]

REALITY: REP. RYAN’S BUDGET PLAN INCREASES THE RETIREMENT AGE FOR MEDICARE TO 67

  • Rep. Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Would Increase The Eligibility Age For Medicare To 67 By 2033. [Kaiser Health News, 4/6/11]

REALITY: REP. RYAN’S BUDGET INCREASES MEDICARE COSTS AND INCREASES DEBT IN THE FIRST TEN YEARS

  • Los Angeles Times: "Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare Privatization Plan Increases Costs, Budget Office Says;" [Los Angeles Times, 4/8/11]
  • CBO: The Ryan Budget Plan Would Increase Debt In The First Ten Years. [TPM, 4/5/11]

REALITY: REP. RYAN’S BUDGET REWARDS MILLIONAIRES, BILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS

  • The Fiscal Times: "The Big Winners" In The Republican Budget Would Be "High Income Earners And Corporations, Whose Top Tax Rate Would Be Reduced From 35 To 25 Percent;" [Fiscal Times, 4/5/11]
  • The Fiscal Times: “Ryan's Budget Plan Also Maintains The $1.8 Trillion In Bush-Era Tax Cuts.” [Fiscal Times, 4/5/11]
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