With less than 70 days remaining until the election, it’s time to evaluate some of the political posturing and outright lies. According to FactCheck.org, an organization that verifies and rates the truthfulness in public statements and advertising, both sides of the presidential campaign have resorted to “Mediscare” advertising.
Both the Republicans and the Democrats have produced nation-wide ads with alarming messages for seniors. Why? Because seniors vote in larger numbers than any other single demographic.
What both sides are doing here is engaging in what we’re calling ‘Mediscare’ — trying to scare senior citizens into thinking Medicare will be ended, or so significantly changed that they won’t recognize it anymore. Or it’s going to cost them a lot more money.
That’s the analysis of Eugene Kiely, deputy director of FactCheck.org, who claims that both sides have equally twisted the truth.
Let’s evaluate two current national advertisement. First, the Ronmey campaign ad; watch and see if you can spot the distortion:
According to FactCheck.org, this is a false statement.
The money that seniors, and all of us, pay in to Medicare goes in to a trust fund and that money is going to pay for Medicare cost,” Kiely said. “What Obama is doing is slowing the growth of Medicare in the future. How they would do that is through reduced payment to hospitals, not by cutting benefits to seniors.
The Obama campaign ads is even more misleading, outright claiming that the Paul Ryan plan for Medicare will cost seniors big bucks. Have a look:
The announcer says “AARP says it would undermine Medicare, and could lead to higher cost for seniors. And experts say Ryan’s voucher plan could raise future retirees’ costs more than $6,000.”
That’s not true,” Kiely said. “That’s based on an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office based on Paul Ryan’s 2011 plan. That’s outdated. Paul Ryan has a new plan that he introduced this year. And that plan is so different than his earlier plan that the CBO can’t yet make any projection on how much that plan would cost seniors in the future.
The reality is that both Republicans and Democrats have plans that are designed to reduce the Medicare deficit. The difference is in how they will do it. The Obama plan relies on government to reduce costs over the next ten years, largely by regulating what the government will pay healthcare providers. The Romney-Ryan plan reduces the deficit through increased privatization.