Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'Paul Ryan gets a taste of his own shameless demagoguery'

Dana Milbank in the Washington Post:

“The president and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare,” [Paul Ryan said.]...

He’s right about that... And Ryan is well qualified to call out shameless demagoguery and scare tactics: Over the past two years, he has practiced both.

Speaking on the House floor in 2009, he said the Democrats’ health-care legislation would “take coverage away from seniors,” “raise premiums for families” and “cost us nearly 5.5 million jobs.” Later, he said the health plan would bring about government “rationing” of health care.

He also labeled the plan “a government takeover of our healthcare system,” claimed America was at a “tipping point” toward a “European social welfare state,” and gave a wink to the “death panel” allegations. His suggestion that the legislation would result in the IRS getting “16,000 agents” to police the health-care law was knocked down as “wildly inaccurate” by

Read it here.

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