Guests mistaken about Ryan plan on CNN

Posted on August 13, 2012 by

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Will the misstatements continue until election day? It’s hard to be optomistic that they won’t. Both Republicans and a Democrat made misleading statements tonight about the Ryan Medicare plan.

An Obama campaign spokesman, Ben LaBolt, (pictured) said on “Out Front” that the Ryan bill would turn it into a voucher plan. 

LaBolt  chose to ignore the fact that Ryan revised the plan to allow seniors to stay with the current program. (But Ryan can’t claim it’s truly a bipartisan plan because Rep. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who worked with Ryan, didn’t agree to all the provisions.)

On the other side, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said the Ryan plan  balances the budget and neutralizes the debt.

There has to be a time frame included in statements like Chaffetz made. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is still analyzing Ryan’s revised plan so no nonpartisan assessment is available that we know of. But if the surplus is not predicted for much less than 30 years, that is a long period of time. 

You can decide whether a statement that the latest Ryan plan eliminates the deficit is meaningful without a time frame, and as always, circumstances could change and make current predictions irrelevant.

Barbara Comstock of the Romney campaign said on “Anderson Cooper 360″ that Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act took 719 billion from Medicare recipients.

Not true. The cuts don’t take away benefits from subscribers. Most of them come from providers, like hospitals.