Letters to the Editor

Misrepresentations cast doubt on budget plan

When Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster, said, "We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers," that may have been the most honest statement to come out of Republican National Committee headquarters.

After vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's acceptance speech, Sally Kohn, a Fox News commentator, wrote that it was "... an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech."

Ryan's rhetoric may be red meat for party zealots but this level of dishonesty is a definite negative for the very important undecided voter who is now asking: If Ryan is this deceitful while accepting his party's nomination, how skeptical should I be of his signature piece, the Ryan voucher health care plan?

The short answer -- very skeptical. Under the Ryan plan, the Congressional Budget Office analysis reveals, annual costs to Medicare recipients would increase per person about $6,400, a number fact-checked by both ABC News and the Center for Budget & Policy. Since half our elderly population lives on an income of less than $19,000, increasing medical costs $6,400 completely prices them out. If you can't afford what the voucher doesn't cover, tough luck. Another consideration is that the Ryan plan raises the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, which means people of that age may have neither Medicare nor employer-provided coverage but are left in a Medigap hole.

Romney made a factual statement that applies to the Republican program: "We deserve better."

Joe Bogacz

Hilton Head Island

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