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DNC ad falsely accuses Republicans of voting "to abolish Medicare"

September 9th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to, the Democratic National Committee says in a TV ad that "Republicans voted to abolish Medicare." That not true.

The ad refers to a proposal endorsed by most House Republicans as part of the alternative budget they presented earlier this year. In fact, the GOP plan actually called for:

    - Preserving the current Medicare program for anyone now receiving it, or within 10 years of qualifying for it.
    - For those now under age 55, converting Medicare to a system of private, government-approved health insurance plans purchased mostly with government payments.

The proposal is similar to one endorsed a decade ago by the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. It is controversial, to be sure: Most Democrats don’t like it, and not all Republicans do either. It’s a plan to change Medicare significantly but not to "abolish" it.

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