Saturday, August 25, 2012

Repeat after me: "No changes to Medicare for those 55 and older!"

I've been saying for awhile that every single Republican candidate needs to start every speech they make from now until November 6th with "By the way, Paul Ryan's Medicare plan doesn't change a darn thing for seniors 55 and older!" and then segue into whatever topic they actually wanted to discuss.

The Democrats have made it clear that they intend to try and demonize Ryan and the rest of the Republican candidates with "Mediscare" attacks (remember the ad where a Paul Ryan look-alike shoved a grandmother in a wheelchair off a cliff?). They seem to have adopted "Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth" as a messaging strategy, and that's not an easy thing to counter.

The people at have made a handy little infographic to help convey the truth about the Republican plan. Check it out, share it on Facebook and Twitter, email it to that annoying relative who keeps forwarding OFA emails to you, etc.:

Make sure to check out their article "Some More Medi-scare Myth's Debunked." (Other than the erroneous apostrophe in the headline - sorry, I'm a grammar nerd - it's a great article.)

1 comment:

  1. Ryans budget would hurt "middle-class senior citizens who exhaust their savings on health care, families struggling to care for elderly parents, and the long-term unemployed.

    Romney is campaigning on his own plan but has endorsed the concept of a budget proposed by Ryan. It would turn Medicaid's open-ended benefits into a smaller "block grant," a set amount sent to states with fewer federal strings attached.

    The Ryan plan would cut Medicaid nationwide by $810 billion over 10 years and reduce Florida's allotment by $35 billion by 2022 -- about one-third less than current projected spending -- according to an analysis by Families USA, a nonpartisan advocacy group for health-care consumers. An Urban Institute study found similar results: a 31-percent cutback for Florida by 2021.

    The biggest impact may be on those who seek nursing-home care.

    About 60 percent of Florida's nursing-home patients – 77,239 in fiscal 2010 -- rely on Medicaid. The cost that year was $2.7 billion, 13 percent of the Medicaid budget, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration."


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