Democrats, in General, Win PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" for 2011

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The thought that Rep. Paul Ryan and Republicans wanted to "end Medicare" is now as legitimate as using the phrase "death panels" or "government takeover" when referring to Obamacare, thanks to Democrats winning PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year."

The "end Medicare" idea apparently started with Rep. Steve Israel and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, although it was repeated over and over.... and over.

The "end Medicare" phrase even beat out Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's thought that Republicans wanted "Jim Crow laws," or Rep. Michele Bachmann's declaration that HPV vaccines cause "mental retardation."

President Obama had the highest statistical chance of winning, since he was the only one listed twice on the list of finalists for "Lie of the Year," but PolitiFact has a habit of giving the grand prize for health care lies.

PolitiFact's declaration that the claim that Republicans voted to "end Medicare" was a controversial one that drew some heavy criticism from people who swore it was an accurate thing to say, but it looks like they're standing by it.

The fact-checkers, who may or may not be correct all of the time, point out three specific parts where the DCCC and some other Dems fouled up: They used words like "end" or "kill," they ignored the fact that it didn't affect old people, then they used people who looked way too old in their commercials.

Click here for one lefty response to PolitiFact's declaration.

Here's PolitiFact's explanation for this year's award, which is allegedly intended to be a factual statement.

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Victor Long
Victor Long

Should be interesting to see how that all turns out. WOw.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Chocolate Senior
Chocolate Senior

Republicans thought they had a safe idea with the Ryan, change Medicare down the road for the next generation, but leave it in place for the current seniors whom they were trying to court for votes.  It didn't work, because they could not sell it to anyone. The Republican party is so weak on policy and fresh ideas, and they have no credible leaders. Why would they criticize the private insurance plan of the Affordable Health Care act and then suggest a similar plan for future seniors?  Because, they are engaging in typical political hypocrisy. Their plan may not have ended Medicare immediately, but it would have changed it dramatically in future. Very little would have been achieved for the American seniors, except higher costs and the confusion of finding a private insurance carrier.


Medicare and Social Security are not sustainable.   (fact!)

The problem is no one wants to admit we can't afford the programs, since people live longer than they did when the programs were created.

When FDR created Social Security, the average life expectancy was 63 years old, and the benefits kicked in at age 65.

Chocolate Senior
Chocolate Senior

Medicare and Social Security are indeed sustainable!  They need to be revised from time to time, as they have been for years.  Increasing the threshold for payments into Social Security, curtailing the growth of payment increases, and increasing the age for receiving benefits will keep Social Security solvent.  Medicare for our elderly and adequate basic healthcare for all of our citizens should be an American value which is accepted by all of us regardless of political party.

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