Now that Representative Paul Ryan’s proposed changes to Medicare are the dominating the news, we’ve gathered resources from trusted sources to help voters sort facts from fiction.
Does the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) cut $700 billion from Medicare? The non-profit Center for Medicare Advocacy has posted Medicare Facts and Fiction, which explains that the Act does not cut benefits to seniors. It achieves savings through payment reforms, service delivery innovations, and by reducing waste, fraud and abuse.
Is Medicare bankrupt? No, says Illinois law professor Richard Kaplan in his paper, Top Ten Myths of Medicare in the Elder Law Journal.
Would the Ryan Plan turn Medicare into a voucher program? Yes, sort of, says David Lazurus in the Los Angeles Times.
But would the Ryan Plan end Medicare? No, says FactCheck.org.