Today’s Democratic Party deceit about Medicare shows what's wrong with their approach on multiple levels. The lies come from a far-left-wing web site called the The National Review (TNR).
The article's wording is typical of a new Democrat trend of sneakily using the words “likely,” “might,” “could”, etc. to say that the Wyden-Ryan proposal for Medicare reform could/might likely fail. Of course it could/might likely succeed too.
The TNR author says:
“… Ryan’s proposal could end the Medicare guarantee—that, if implemented, some seniors might not be able to get comprehensive insurance.”
Well of course Ryan’s proposal would/could likely only end the Medicare guarantee if some crazyy politician suggested an amendment to the Wyden-Ryan plan in Congress (it hasn’t happened yet).
What deceit. The Wyden-Ryan proposal specifically continues the guarantee. (I am assuming the TNR author is using the word guarantee to refer to guarantee issue. But perhaps he or she has some other intention.) Whatever. The same is true of current law. Congress can change any part of Medicare at any time.
The rest of the TNR article is a mishmash of all the tired Democratic-party bromides about the donut hole and mammograms (see point 1). Nothing about no-co-pay DREs and coverage of any kind for annual physicals for seniors by Medicare. Nothing that really matters to us seniors is ever discussed by the Democrats.
Then TNR concludes with the Democratic-party feeling that really frosts us seniors. He or she says.
“Medicare occupies a special place in the American welfare state.”
Medicare is not welfare, Democrats
-- Dennis Byron