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April 6, 2012

David Corn: How Romney Fibs -- and Gets Away With It

By Sheila Samples

Romney proclaimed that Obama "is the only president to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare." Given that Romney supports the GOP-backed Ryan budget that calls for severe slashes in Medicare spending, this is an odd charge. It is also false. As PolitiFact notes, Obama's "health care law reduces the amount of future spending growth in Medicare. But it doesn't cut Medicare." By the way, Obama's law expanded certain Medicare benefits. The fact checking site also points out that Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton each enacted Medicare cuts.

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Romney proclaimed that Obama "is the only president to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare." Given that Romney supports the GOP-backed Ryan budget that calls for severe slashes in Medicare spending, this is an odd charge. It is also false. As PolitiFact notes, Obama's "health care law reduces the amount of future spending growth in Medicare. But it doesn't cut Medicare." By the way, Obama's law expanded certain Medicare benefits. The fact checking site also points out that Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton each enacted Medicare cuts.

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Submitters Bio:

Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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