PolitiFact's Credulous Romney-Ryan Health Care Attacks
3:32 PM, Aug 27, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Perhaps if we all ignore PolitiFact, they'll go away. But for the time being, the supposedly independent organization continues to crank out skewed and partisan work. There's no better example of this than the the current jihad the "fact checking" organization is waging against the Romney-Ryan health care plan.
A quick spin around the site reveals some pretty disingenous things. For instance, PolitiFact rated Paul Ryan "mostly false" for his critique of Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)—a board created by Obamacare in an attempt to control Medicare costs. I discussed how IPAB is supposed to work in a piece earlier this year:
Here's what Paul Ryan said about IPAB that PolitiFact claims is untrue: "[Obama puts] 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in charge of Medicare, who are required to cut Medicare ... that will lead to denied care for current seniors." That may be more concise than my lengthier explanation, but what Paul Ryan is saying is bang on. Perhaps you could quibble with his assumption that ratcheting down reimbursement rates will reduce doctor access to Medicare, but as I noted, there's a preponderance of evidence to suggest that will happen.
Ok, now here's PolitiFact's conclusion to their piece saying Ryan's statement is "mostly false":
Did you catch that bit about "it's a stretch to say that they're entirely unaccountable"? What a mendacious mischaracterization that is. Ryan didn't say that IPAB was "entirely unaccountable" he simply said it was "unaccountable." That's reading into Ryan far more than what he said. And when 15 unelected bureaucrats are able to set 13 percent of the federal budget without congressional approval, that's more than a fair thing to say. There's also the not-insignificant matter that under the separation of powers in the constitution, the executive branch isn't supposed to make law, which is exactly what presidentially appointed IPAB bureaucrats are doing and why the Goldwater Insititute has filed a lawsuit over IPAB on the grounds it's unconstitutional. PolitiFact continues: