The Republican budget (proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan) would “essentially end Medicare, costing seniors $6,000 more a year.”

Claim:  “The Republican budget (proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan) would “essentially end Medicare, costing seniors $6,000 more a year.”

Ad(s):  “No Way,” “Lifeline,” “Affordable,” “Critical,” “Jimmie and Dexter,” “A Few,” “Backwards,” “No”

Sponsor(s): Patriot Majority USA

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FactCheck.org’s Summary:

“Democrats are still hammering an old, and since replaced, GOP proposal, claiming it would “end Medicare” and cost seniors $6,000 more a year for their health care. The newest Republican budget, proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, keeps traditional Medicare – unlike his plan from 2011 – and the increased cost claim is no longer applicable to it.

Claims that this would “end Medicare” […] were usually accompanied by images of elderly individuals – le[aving] the false impression that the Ryan plan would get rid of any kind of insurance program for seniors.

Furthermore, this plan didn’t pertain to the seniors pictured in the attack ads – they would remain on traditional Medicare, with only new beneficiaries in 2022 and beyond joining the private system.

The Patriot Majority ads say that “some in Washington want to end Medicare” and that the lawmaker featured in the ad “opposed those who’d increase costs on seniors by $6,000 a year.” But the ads dig up that old claim about Ryan’s 2011 proposal. […]The ads ignore the updated Ryan plan, choosing instead to highlight an old, and misleading, claim. The ads feature images of seniors, who wouldn’t be affected by either of Ryan’s proposals – the changes to Medicare wouldn’t be put into place until 2022 or 2023 and would only affect new beneficiaries at that time.

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