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Ryan's Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If PolitiFact Rates That As A Lie


Liberals, economists, health policy experts, and yours truly objected strongly to PolitiFact's conclusion. But instead of rethinking their conclusion, the PolitiFact turned the opprobrium into a badge of honor: The claim itself became a candidate for PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" contest; Paul Ryan -- the House GOP budget chairman who authored the plan -- engaged in a modest ballot stuffing campaign; and the Democrats' true "lie" came in third place, just behind the GOP claim that the stimulus created zero jobs, and Sen. Jon Kyl's claim that abortion services are "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."

But you can't be a fact checking organization and leave epistemic questions up to voters. So PolitiFact made a choice. And of those three frontrunners, they selected the only one with any truth behind it.

The reaction from Republicans has been muted so far -- a sign, perhaps, that they don't want to reopen this old wound. But back in their districts, when constituents grill them, Republicans will now have a compelling citation. It just happens to be a sham.

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