Campaign 2010

May 02, 2011

FACT CHECK: Paul Ryan Falsely Claims the House Republican Budget Won’t Hurt Seniors

On ABC’s This Week today, House Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) falsely claimed that his House Republican budget would not hurt seniors. “The Democratic National Committee is running phone calls to seniors in my district, TV ads, saying we're hurting current senior, when in fact that's not the case,” said Ryan. [Note: the ads and phone calls are being run by the DCCC]


In reality, Representative Paul Ryan and House Republicans overwhelmingly voted for a plan that would force seniors to pay an addition $2.2 billion for prescription drugs next year alone and dramatically cut seniors’ nursing home care.  Additionally, future beneficiaries would also pay more for their health care.




The Republican Budget Will Force Nearly Four Million Seniors To Pay An Additional $2.2 Billion For Prescription Drugs Next Year Alone. “Since passing their reckless budget plan last week, Republicans nationwide have continued to make the false claim that their plan protects today’s seniors. But seniors need to know the facts about the GOP plan. The Republican-passed budget will force nearly four million seniors to pay an additional $2.2 BILLION for prescription drugs next year alone.” [DPCC, 4/21/11; Associated Plan, 4/06/11]


AARP: Budget Undermines Vital Programs for Older Americans. “Among its provisions, the proposal would drive up costs for people in Medicare, take away needed coverage for long-term care from millions of older and disabled Americans and reduce critical help for seniors facing the threat of hunger.”  [AARP, 4/7/11]


GOP Budget Would Almost Double Healthcare Costs For Seniors. “The Republican congressman's proposal to privatize Medicare would mean a dramatic hike in U.S. healthcare costs for the elderly, an independent analysis finds. Seniors would pay almost double — more than $12,510 a year.” [Los Angeles Times, 4/7/11]


CBO: Elderly People Would Pay More for Health Care Under the Republican Plan. According to the CBO, “most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system.” [CBO, 4/05/11]


Medicare Cost Would Rise for Many Under Ryan Plan. “The House Republican plan for overhauling Medicare would fundamentally change how the federal government pays for health care, starting a decade from now, likely resulting in higher out-of-pocket costs and greater limits to coverage for many Americans.” [WSJ, 4/6/11]


GOP Budget Raises Health Costs for Retirees. “Most future retirees would pay more for health care under a new House Republican budget proposal, according to an analysis by nonpartisan experts for Congress that could be an obstacle to GOP ambitions to tame federal deficits.” [AP, 4/6/11]