Sally Kohn has written a factless opinion piece on FoxNews.com today supposedly outlining how Ryan deceived everyone last night. Her whole piece is really inaccurate and full of distractions, but the Left, as I saw on Michael Grimm’s (Rep-NY 13) Facebook page today, is using this piece as some definitive rebuttal of Ryan.
I’ll take a few of them and give you the fact-checking of Sally Kohn’s lack thereof:
Kohn’s “fact“: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the fact is that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which, incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in his budget plan.
Obama did CUT $716 Billion from Medicare in order to fund Obamacare.
Further, the plan Ryan put forth, which is not Romney’s plan BTW, did not use those funds for a new entitlement, but rather to extend the solvency of the Medicare program. They don’t harm Medicare but rather help to save it. Further in Ryan’s plan, those over 55 ARE NOT affected by any of it…so the Obama campaign lie that it Ryan’s plan will cost seniors is just that….a lie.
A large portion of the cuts that Obama has made lower the amount doctors are paid under Medicare….and Obama’s own actuary admits that these cuts will make several providers “unprofitable” and likely not able to sustain their business. This does DIRECTLY affect seniors when they can no longer get the providers they need.
Kohn’s “fact”: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.
MSNBC and others hyperventilated after Ryan’s speech last night with a lie that the Wisconsin GM plant closed down in 2008. Not true. That plant closed in 2009 giving Obama PLENTY of time to fulfill his campaign promise to keep it open. Ryan was spot-on accurate in Obama’s broken promise and the lie that is still told today by Obama that GM was “saved” by him.
Kohn’s “fact”: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.
The credit rating was lowered because the credit agencies didn’t see a meaningful move toward a BALANCED BUDGET. Since the Senate has not passed a budget and Obama’s budget was defeated with NO votes in the House or Senate, the agencies have a valid concern…..and S&P does not mention anything about “raising the debt ceiling as Kohn insists. According to S&P, the downgrade occurred because “the government budget deficit of more than 11 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and net government debt rising to about 80 percent or more of GDP by 2013, to be high relative to other “AAA” countries…..meaningful progress towards balancing the budget would be required to move the U.S. back to a “stable” outlook” (that is a direct quote from MSNBC on Wikipedia, however MSNBC has removed the contents of their article regarding this…fancy that!)
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