Tim Griffin, desperate to shield himself from the fallout over his Medicare elimination vote, is now citing a Politifact article that calls the charge of destroying Medicare “Pants on Fire.” Here’s the email Griffin is circulating:
The only problem is that the Politifact article has come under heavy fire for being, well, inaccurate. Talking Points Memo did a great little wrap up on the whole fiasco:
There’s always a bit of a problem with self-appointed media fact-checkers: what if they come to a topic with very little knowledge of the subject and are easily duped? Or what if they assume on its face that every dramatic sounding claim must be false just because, well, it sounds a little dramatic and people should agree to talk about things reasonably?
That’s what we see to have today with Politifact’s take on a Democratic party ad which claims that the Republican budget plan “ends Medicare.” Politifact’s argument is that since there will still be a program and that it will be labeled “Medicare” that, heck, it can’t have ended since it’s still there.
Medicare is a single-payer health system for all seniors. It’s a guarantee. It’s administered by a federal agency with extremely low transaction costs. And people like it alot. You’re covered no matter how sick you are or how bad a risk you are. And you’re covered as old as you get. Universality creates efficiencies in economic terms. And it’s a particular kind of generational social contract.
Getting rid of that and pushing seniors into private insurance which covers a declining portion of the money needed to buy private insurance means you’re getting rid of Medicare. Most people can understand that. Pushing those people into the private insurance market and calling it “Medicare” doesn’t make it Medicare.
But as Politifact counters: “All seniors would continue to be offered coverage under the proposal, and the program’s budget would increase every year.” That’s why it’s still “Medicare.” This is why Republicans are spinning this issue so hard and bamboozling folks at places like Politifact.
Now this has been debunked for several days at this point. Shows you how sloppy Team Felon is at checking their facts, assuming they even care to do so, and I make no such assumption. All in all, it just goes to show you that Griffin knows he did remarkable damage to himself with this vote, and now he’s struggling to undo it.