House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., went to the House floor to deliver a much-needed smack-down of claims from DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., about how the GOP's budget will gut Medicare. This is a lesson that must be repeated daily:
DWS and her fellow leftists have repeatedly lied about Republicans' plans for Medicare, but, as Townhall's Guy Benson has pointed out, the Ryan plan and President Obama's plan BOTH cap Medicare's rate of growth. Ryan's plan just doesn't hit today's seniors -- while Obama's plan does:
(1) The Ryan plan and President Obama's budget both cap Medicare's growth rate at GDP plus 0.5 percent. Obama's proposal enforces this cap through an IPAB rationing panel of 15 unelected and totally unaccountable bureaucrats. Ryan's does so through increased choice and competition for future seniors. Remember, the current Medicare system is essentially a cost blind enterprise. Seniors obtain care, and someone else pays the bill, which the patient never even sees. This arrangement provides no incentives for people to make smarter choices about their own care because they're totally divorced from the fee-for-service transactions. This drives up costs, for obvious reasons.
(2) Under the bipartisan Ryan-Wyden plan -- in which future seniors will be able to choose among multiple plans, including the traditional Medicare model -- wealthier and healthier seniors will receive lower subsidies. Less fortunate and sicker seniors will receive much more generous premium support. I thought Democrats were all about "fairness."
(3) For the millionth time, the Ryan budget does not affect anyone over the age of 55. The president's Obamacare-created rationing board imposes price controls on current seniors. That law also raided $500 Billion from current Medicare to pay for a brand new, unwanted, and possibly unconstitutional entitlement program.
(4) Ryan's reforms save Medicare from insolvency, which is scheduled for 2024 at the moment. Obama's plan does nothing to solve this problem, as the Treasury Secretary admitted last month. The president's pathetic budget (which never balances) was unanimously defeated in the House of Representatives last night, 414-0 -- just as his FY 2012 version garnered zero votes in the Democrat-controlled Senate last year.
Of course, this is how the Left works. Continue to lie about the Right so that we have to spend most of our time rebutting their fibs instead of fighting for our beliefs.