A pre-debate e-mail sent by Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina calls GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan a liar on Medicare and a number of other issues, Breitbart.com reported Thursday.
“For his whole career, Paul Ryan has made an art of obscuring the facts. He’s done it on big things — like the fact that the Ryan budget that he championed in Congress, later adopted by the Romney-Ryan campaign, would actually end Medicare as we know it for our seniors and turn it into a voucher program,” the email reads.
“Don’t you love it when the Obama campaign accuses Romney/Ryan of ending Medicare as we know it? That’s the point. Medicare as we know it is headed for bankruptcy. The voucher program actually gives Americans a choice. But then, if you’re the Democrats, you don’t like Americans to have a choice. Unless it’s to murder babies,” William Bigelow wrote at Breitbart.
But Ryan’s plan does not “end Medicare as we know it for our seniors and turn it into a voucher program” as Democrats claim.
Last June, we reported that two fact checkers called the line of attack on Ryan’s Medicare plan “false,” and Politifact called it the “Lie of the Year” in 2011.
Nevertheless, Democrats and the Obama campaign continue to insist that Ryan’s Medicare plan would force seniors into a voucher plan.
“Nothing changes for current seniors or those nearing retirement,” the Romney plan says.
“Medicare is reformed as a premium support system, meaning that existing spending is repackaged as a fixed-amount benefit to each senior that he or she can use to purchase an insurance plan,” the site adds, noting that lower-income seniors will receive more assistance than upper-income seniors.
“This plan has no effect on current seniors or those nearing retirement. It will go into effect for younger Americans when they reach retirement in the future,” Romney’s web site reiterates.
Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden will face off in a debate at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday.
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