Paul Ryan Is a 'Sore Loser,' Maybe a Liar
Americans know the truth about his Medicare plan: Paul Krugman
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2011 1:55 PM CDT
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan answers a question at the 2011 Fiscal Summit in Washington on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal is taking its lumps of late (see here and here), and the GOP budget wonk is deflecting criticism by accusing "demagogue" Democrats of lying about what his plan would do. Paul Krugman begs to differ: "The reality is that the Ryan plan is turning into a political disaster for Republicans, not because the plan’s critics are lying about it, but because they’re describing it accurately," he writes in the New York Times.

Ryan's plan would end Medicare as we know it, argues Krugman, and it would leave many people unable to afford health care. "If anyone is lying here, it’s Mr. Ryan himself, who has claimed that his plan would give seniors the same kind of coverage that members of Congress receive—an assertion that is completely false." Nor would the plan live up to Ryan's fiscal claims. It's really just an "attempt to snooker Americans into accepting a standard right-wing wish list under the guise of deficit reduction." Americans have figured it out, and that's "bad news for the GOP."
 

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