Debunking Debbie

Jun 2, 2011

Yesterday, three independent fact-check organizations called DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s attacks on the House GOP’s budget “false,” “bogus,” and “wrong.” Now the Associated Press has joined the chorus in debunking the Chairwoman’s attacks.

FACT: GOP Plan Forbids Denial Of Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions. “First, the Ryan plan explicitly forbids insurance companies from denying coverage to anyone who qualifies for Medicare, including those who have pre-existing illnesses. Second, it does not merely send money to the elderly and leave them to their own devices in arranging for medical care.”

FACT: Medicare Beneficiaries 55 and Older Remain Unchanged. “The plan calls for Medicare to stay the same for people 55 and older. But starting in 2022, new beneficiaries would get their health insurance from competing private insurers instead of from the government. The government would offer subsidies to pay for the coverage and set standards that insurers must follow. (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Democrats distort GOP Medicare plan,” The Associated Press, 6/2/11)