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July 13, 2011 8:46 am ET filed under Blog

Secretary Sebelius Explains To Rep. Ryan Why IPAB Doesn't Take Power Away From Congress

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July 07, 2011 2:11 pm ET filed under Blog

"First Of Its Kind" Study Shows Medicaid Provides Health And Financial Benefits To Poor

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July 05, 2011 1:42 pm ET filed under Blog

After Backing Tax Breaks For Big Oil, Sen. Johnson Tells Poor Kids To Tighten Belts

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July 01, 2011 2:34 pm ET filed under Blog

45 Years After Medicare's Implementation, Republicans Are Trying To End It

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July 01, 2011 1:21 pm ET filed under Fact Check

45 Years After Medicare's Implementation, Republicans Are Trying To End It

45 years ago today, Medicare was implemented. As a cornerstone of the American health care system, Medicare has provided access to health care to millions of elderly and disabled Americans over the last several decades. However, despite its indisputable place in American society, House Republicans have voted to dismantle the program with their latest budget. Both House and Senate Republicans have also spent years trying to gut the program of over a trillion dollars. Medicare continues to be necessary to help the elderly and disabled, and unfortunately, the Republicans have decided not to keep their interests in mind.

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July 01, 2011 1:17 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Coburn Embraces GOP Effort To Voucherize Medicare, Exaggerates Defensive Medicine Costs

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June 30, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Blog

Coburn/Lieberman Medicare Cuts Win Support From Activist Who Wants To 'Drown Government In The Bathtub'

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June 29, 2011 12:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Won't Face Up To GOP's Medicaid Cuts

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June 28, 2011 5:45 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Steve Pearce Lies To Elderly Constituent About Medicare Cuts In GOP Budget Plan

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June 28, 2011 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Coburn/Lieberman Plan Cuts Medicare To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

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June 28, 2011 3:18 pm ET filed under Blog

Coburn/Lieberman Plan To Raise Retirement Age Hits Lower-Income Workers Hardest

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June 27, 2011 11:28 am ET filed under Fact Check

Seriously Extreme: Rep. Bachmann's Journey To GOP Presidential Candidate

Today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) formally announced that she is seeking the Republican presidential nomination at an event in Iowa. In a field of lackluster candidates, Bachmann is an unabashedly polarizing figure whose statements, agenda, and policy positions are not only often factually inaccurate but are also frequently imbued with extreme, hateful, homophobic and even violent rhetoric. The fact that she is considered a viable representation of the Republican party sends a stark message about the toxicity of the GOP in 2012. Often the Affordable Care Act's most apoplectic opponent, Bachmann has suggested that health care reform will result in "death panels" as well as "school-based sex clinics," and that it could allow a 13-year-old girl can be taken to an abortion clinic during a school day to "have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night...mom and dad are never the wiser." She has rallied those against the Affordable Care Act to stand together, saying, "What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing." She has used such extreme rhetoric to oppose other policies as well, calling the federal tax code a "weapon of mass destruction" and referring to Wall Street reform as "thuggish." Additionally, Bachmann has proposed eliminating the minimum wage and cutting billions from veterans' benefits. She also voted against a bill providing for 9/11 first responders' health care and then bragged about it, calling it "new spending." Michele Bachmann's increasing legitimacy as a presidential contender speaks volumes about the atmosphere within the Republican party today.

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June 27, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

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June 27, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

The last Sunday of June saw GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dominate the airwaves, making the rounds on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation. On both, Bachmann repeated lies about health care reform's effect on jobs and Medicare, sentiments echoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on This Week. Bachmann and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) falsely stated that even if the debt ceiling weren't raised, the country would not go into default, something most economists disagree with. On Face The Nation Bachmann falsely called the stimulus a failure and continued to baselessly blame President Obama for high gas prices. Lastly, Sen.  Jon Kyl (R-AZ), fresh off his departure from the debt ceiling talks, was on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that tax increases would hurt the economy, a claim that the previous decade proves false.

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June 22, 2011 4:34 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Price Tries — And Fails — To Get Medicare Trustee To Say Health Care Reform "Ends Medicare As We Know It"

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June 22, 2011 10:50 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ellmers Takes IPAB Fear Mongering To A New Extreme

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June 21, 2011 1:47 pm ET filed under Blog

Pawlenty Flip-Flops On "Reagan's 11th Commandment"

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June 20, 2011 5:50 pm ET filed under Blog

Conservative Group Airs Dishonest Ad Defending GOP Medicare Plan

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June 17, 2011 8:54 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Hutchison's Amendment Would Kick Seniors And Children Off Life-Saving Health Care Benefits

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June 15, 2011 11:58 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Coburn Interested In Counterproductive Lieberman Plan To Raise Medicare Eligibility Age And Premiums

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June 14, 2011 11:13 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan's Misinformation Tour De Force

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June 14, 2011 10:53 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Ryan's Misinformation Tour De Force

In an op-ed on FoxNews.com titled "Obama's Economic Experiment Has Failed - Time to Get Back to What Works," Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) put forward a slew of mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods to attack President Obama's economic record. Ignoring that Obama inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression — and that his Recovery Act helped prevent an even greater economic downturn — Ryan asserted that the Recovery Act has "failed to create jobs." To this end, Ryan also deceptively cited lackluster May jobs numbers and a report that preceded Obama's inauguration. Ryan also attacked the president's signature policies, including financial and health care reform, baselessly asserting that they didn't fix "the problems they were intended to address." He touted his own plan to 'save Medicare' (even though the GOP budget plan would dismantle the Medicare system) and falsely claimed that President Obama doesn't have any plan to address the program. He threw around meaningless catch words like "uncertainty" to attack Obama's tax policy, and misleadingly stated that the U.S.'s corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world, when in fact the effective tax rate is lower than many other developed countries. And despite the numerous tax cuts Obama and Democrats passed over Republican objections, Ryan attacked the president for tax hikes on job creators.

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June 13, 2011 8:41 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann Squeezes "Job-Killer," Medicare Lies Into Affordable Care Act Answer

From the June 13, 2011, GOP presidential primary debate in New Hampshire:

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June 13, 2011 10:01 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 12, 2011

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June 13, 2011 9:43 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 12, 2011

Sunday saw multiple GOPers blaming President Obama for job losses that are rightly blamed on President Bush's recession and pretending that Obama policies haven't started to turn the job market around. Republicans have never stopped misleading people about the impact of the Recovery Act, but ignoring two million new private-sector jobs since February 2010 is shameless. Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) each offered one jobs lie or another. Pawlenty claimed that tax cuts pay for themselves (they don't), that President Obama is "out of ideas" on economic and entitlement issues (false), that we "have to" cut Social Security (nope), that the Affordable Care Act cut $500 billion from Medicare (wrong again), and that he didn't really leave a $6 billion deficit behind at the end of his term as Governor of Minnesota (nice try). Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) falsely claimed on CBS that the GOP Medicare plan doesn't affect current seniors, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) told CNN that ending oil subsidies will increase gas prices, and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) told CNN that the debt ceiling deadline isn't real because "the global economy will understand" if we default.

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June 10, 2011 12:52 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Ribble's Top Medicare "Facts" Are All Falsehoods

In an op-ed published yesterday in the Green Bay Press Gazette, Tea Party freshman Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) claims that "there has been a vigorous and organized attempt to distort the Republican's fact-based plan to save Medicare." He then proceeds to vigorously distort facts by enumerating three lies regarding Medicare, including scare tactics related to rationing and the overall solvency of the program.

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June 10, 2011 11:02 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Duffy To Constituent: Your Only Rights "In Our Constitution" Are Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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June 08, 2011 3:08 pm ET filed under Blog

Norquist Accepts "Voucher" Language, Compares Obama Plan To East Germany

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June 06, 2011 10:34 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 5, 2011

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June 06, 2011 10:09 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 5, 2011

The first Sunday in June saw potential GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) dominating the misinformation in the Sunday talk shows. On Fox News Sunday, Palin distorted the truth about the economic recovery, blasting the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing efforts as ineffective and claiming that we've "hit a brick wall," when in fact economists agree that rounds of bond-buying easing helped stabilize the economy and that May's jobs numbers are merely a road bump. She also lied about the source of April's positive job-creation numbers, left out some key information about the U.S.'s corporate tax rate, and distorted Moody's warning about raising the debt ceiling. Palin and Barbour both had lots to say about the Republican budget proposal — all of it false. They both suggested that no one but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has offered a viable plan to save Medicare, even though the Democrats have discussed building on reforms in the health care law in order to contain costs and save the program. Palin claimed the GOP plan will "save" Medicare (but it won't) and that it doesn't affect current seniors (but it does). Barbour repeated the old falsehood that the GOP plan will give seniors options just like those of Congress (which it won't). He also attacked the Obama administration with claims that it has helped Wall Street at the expense of Main Street; that President Obama is responsible for high gas prices; and that health care reform discourages job creation. The facts do not support those claims either.

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