FACT CHECKED: Dem Leader Blasted for False Mediscare Attacks

On CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said “it’s easy to throw bombs and to be incendiary, not so easy to sit down and actually govern.” In the same interview, Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) herself decided to take the easy route and “throw bombs,” by falsely claiming that the GOP’s plan to save Medicare will “throw you to the wolves.”  This week, fact checkers are holding Rep. Wasserman Shultz accountable for her false and “incendiary” comments:

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Gave Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s False Medicare Claims “Three Pinocchios”:

  • “Neither of Those Claims Are True.” “‘Wasserman Schultz did not say voucher, but her statement suggests that people would be handed a check (‘X number of dollars’) and then have to go out and find a plan that they can afford. She also said the plan would ‘allow insurance companies to deny you coverage and drop you for pre-existing conditions.’ Neither of those claims are true.” (Glenn Kessler, “Wasserman Schultz’s Bogus Claim that the GOP Medicare Plan Will ‘Throw You to the Wolves’,” The Washington Post’s “The Fact Checker,” 6/1/11)

FactCheck.Org Says Rep. Wasserman Schultz “Throws Truth to ‘Wolves’:

  • House GOP Plan “Specifically Says Insurance Companies ‘Must Agree to Offer Insurance to All Medicare Beneficiaries.’” “Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz falsely claimed that seniors with preexisting medical conditions would be denied Medicare coverage under the GOP's plan. The House GOP plan specifically says insurance companies ‘must agree to offer insurance to all Medicare beneficiaries.’” (Eugene Kiely, “DNC Chair Throws Truth to ‘Wolves’,” FactCheck.org, 5/31/11)
  • Rep. Wasserman Shultz Is “Simply Wrong.” “She is simply wrong to say that the GOP plan would allow insurance companies to ‘throw you to the wolves and allow insurance companies to deny you coverage and drop you for preexisting conditions.’” (Eugene Kiely, “DNC Chair Throws Truth to ‘Wolves’,” FactCheck.org, 5/31/11)
  • Rep. Wasserman Shultz “Repeated a False Democratic Talking Point.” “She also repeated a false Democratic talking point that future beneficiaries — those who are now younger than 55 — would be left on their own to buy insurance in the private market. The GOP plan, as we have written before, would provide subsidies for future beneficiaries to buy private insurance from a Medicare exchange set up by the government.” (Eugene Kiely, “DNC Chair Throws Truth to ‘Wolves’,” FactCheck.org, 5/31/11)

PolitiFact Rated Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s Comments “False”:

Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a video “explaining the real danger our growing debt poses to Medicare, and advancing a plan of action to save this critical health-security program.” In the video, Chairman Ryan makes clear that Medicare faces two futures: The Democrats’ do-nothing plan that will bankrupt Medicare and cut benefits for seniors, or the GOP’s Path to Prosperity that will save, strengthen and preserve Medicare for current and future generations. Learn more and get the real facts about the GOP’s plan to save Medicare here: http://budget.house.gov/fy2012budget/.