WaPo, FactCheck agree: Wasserman-Schultz threw truth to the wolves

posted at 11:20 am on June 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, but wound up with egg on her face after her demagoguery on Medicare.  Wasserman-Schultz told Harry Smith that the Republican plan for Medicare was to throw young people “to the wolves,” a claim that two media organizations reject as throwing truth to the wolves.  First, here’s the claim Wasserman-Schultz made on CBS:

“[Republicans] would take the people who are younger than 55 years old today and tell them, ‘You know what? You’re on your own. Go and find private health insurance in the health care insurance market. We’re going to throw you to the wolves, and allow insurance companies to deny you coverage and drop you for pre-existing conditions,’ ” Wasserman-Schultz told CBS’ Harry Smith. ” ‘We’re going to give you X amount of dollars and you figure it out.’

“These are people who have paid for their whole life into the system,” she added.

FactCheck takes a look at this claim and entirely rejects it:

She is simply wrong to say that the GOP plan would allow insurance companies to “throw you to the wolves and allow insurance companies to deny you coverage and drop you for preexisting conditions.”

The Republican plan — dubbed “Path to Prosperity” by its chief architect, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — would make no changes in Medicare for those 55 and older. But it would make significant changes to Medicare for those younger than 55 — just not as described by the Florida Democrat. The plan would provide future beneficiaries with government subsidies to purchase health insurance through a Medicare exchange set up by the government.

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler gives Wasserman-Schultz three Pinocchios for her demagoguery and calls her claim “bogus”:

Neither of those claims are true. The system as envisioned by Republicans would operate much like the Medicare prescription drug plan currently does. The government would not give people a check or anything like that; the government would handle the funds, just as they do under the drug plan. As the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said when it examined the plan, “The premium support payments would go directly from the government to the plans that people selected.”

Meanwhile, different plans approved by Medicare would compete for business, as under the drug plan. Moreover, the GOP proposal specifically says that to participate in the Medicare exchange, insurance companies would have to accept all retirees. …

There are certainly details in the GOP plan, which has not been drafted as actual legislation, that need to be addressed. But Wasserman Schultz is jumping to conclusions — not to mention scaremongering metaphors — to describe provisions in the GOP Medicare plan that just do not exist.

For the piece de resistance, the DNC hurried to corroborate Wasserman-Schultz’s statement with expert testimony from Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute.  The only problem is that Cannon’s testimony says nothing of the kind.  In fact, when reached by the Post, Cannon called Wasserman-Schultz’s argument “high-octane idiocy”:

We checked with Michael Cannon, director of health policy at the libertarian Cato Institute, one of the experts cited by Sevugan as backing up Wasserman Schultz’s claim. Cannon described her comment as “high-octane idiocy.”

“Ryan’s plan says that insurance companies could not turn away seniors.  I’m not sure whether that means only (A) that insurers must issue a policy to all applicants (i.e., guaranteed issue) or whether Ryan’s plan would go further and (B) prevent insurers from charging sick enrollees more (i.e., price controls),” Cannon said. “I hope Ryan would not include such price controls, but I see hints that that’s where he’s leaning. If so, then the Ryan plan would include the very government guarantee that the DNC is complaining isn’t there.”

High-octane idiocy — it’s the perfect description of the Democrats and their Mediscare campaign in 2011.

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She seems to have antagonized her party faster than Steele did the GOP.

Good work!!

gh on June 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

High-octane idiocy — it’s the perfect description of the Democrats and their Mediscare campaign in 2011.

Grandma got run over by a liberal,
Walking back to our house Christmas Eve.
You can say Obamacare is a good thing,
But as for me and Gramps we disagree.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

High octane idiot. And this is the new DNC chair?

Worst political class ever.

rbj on June 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

High-octane idiocy

Love it.

Abby Adams on June 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

High Octane Idiocy…the perfect definiton for all things liberal. We need to start using this phrase and often.

angryed on June 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

She seems to have antagonized her party faster than Steele did the GOP.

Good work!!

gh on June 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

She’s having a bad hair life.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

that’s a Nancy Pelosi mentoree if I’ve ever seen one..

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

I don’t know who is a bigger screeching imbecile- Weiner or Wasserman. At least Wasserman keeps her sexy tweets to herself.

Chuck Schick on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

PS, Ed, you may need to start a Wasserman-Schultzateurism of the day.

rbj on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

AND she voted against the debt ceiling increase, which places here directly in opposition to the president, no? Getcha popcorn ready.

Deb, PLEASE say more stuff.

GoodSamaritan on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Please, FactCheck should read “FactCheck”

faraway on June 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Facebook: Wasserman-Schultz For President!

A Weiner Tweet In Every Home!!!

LOL!!!

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Don’t blame poor Debbie- it’s not her fault. She’s a Democrat, and as such she’s accustomed to passing a bill before she knows what’s in it.

Sure, she’s also mentally challenged, but it would be mean and unseemly to mock her for that.

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

High-octane idiocy — it’s the perfect description of the Democrats and their Mediscare campaign in 2011.

And she chose the perfect venue for high-octane idiocy: a show hosted by Harry Smith — bald lefty nitwit. Smith has never met a liberal lie that he couldn’t embrace.

Jaibones on June 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

It’s all well and good but how many of the viewers of CBS FTN read WaPo, FactCheck or will ever know of Mr. Cannon’s remarks? The problem is that these learned pundits who are all to ready to label anything a Republican says as bunk and become downright combative, say nothing to Democrats. I’m thankful that we have a media that will push back now but you shouldn’t have to hunt for it.

Cindy Munford on June 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

She seems to have antagonized her party faster than Steele did the GOP.

Good work!!

gh on June 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

No, her party fully approves of lying about policy; it’s been their stock and trade for decades. For Dems, telling ignorant lies about Ryan’s plan on TV isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Bwahahahahaha…high octane idiocy, love it…more like dim bulb flickering

PatriotPete on June 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM

And CBS correspondent Harry Smith, intrepid and informed journalist that he is, pursued a tough line of follow-up questioning when Wasserman-Schultz went off on this lying spree to challenge her on her errors and misrepresentations, forcing her to admit on live TV that much of what she was saying wasn’t true at all.

Oh, wait…

Good Lt on June 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM

PS, Ed, you may need to start a Wasserman-Schultzateurism of the day.

rbj on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Call it the Daily Ditz.

darwin on June 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

And Debbie takes a 1, 2 punch for a KO. Whoooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I wouldn’t insult ditzs’ that way!

PatriotPete on June 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM

PS, Ed, you may need to start a Wasserman-Schultzateurism of the day.

rbj on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Debbie Gafferman-Schultz

ChrisB on June 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Wasserman-Schultz takes the fact that liberalism is a mental disorder to totally different level. When your actions actually intimate that DNC Chair Howard Dean could have possibly been sane, then the truth becomes null and void. She sends a message to all of the liberal brainwashed lemmings,”the cliff is near.”

volsense on June 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Wait! Waitwaitwait… what does PolitiFact say about this?

Just kidding, you guys, I don’t give a flying crap what they have to say about this.

Red Cloud on June 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Hollowpoint on June 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

So the WaPo is a GOP rag. Who knew ?

I should have said “her side” but I clicked Submit before the thought occured to me. Unfortunately Preview does not help one think.

gh on June 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Truth to a democrat = oil & water. They don’t mix.

Corky on June 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Is it too early for “Dem Civil War!!!”?

faraway on June 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Everytime this Lib Loon opens her twisted mouth, a whole bunch of stupid falls out.

Hope she keeps her post through the 2012 election…she has absolutely ZERO credibility, and comes off as a partsan dope on TV.

Tim_CA on June 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM

gh on June 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

GH? Does that stand for ‘Good Hank’?

Lanceman on June 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

So she admits that Obamacare will do nothing for people.

John Deaux on June 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

At least Wasserman keeps her sexy tweets to herself.

Chuck Schick on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Who would want to see week old mayonnaise in her panties…?

Stinky!

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

the Republican plan for Medicare was to throw young people “to the wolves,”

By not eventually eliminating the program… it does.

mankai on June 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Wasserman Schultz has always been a talking point chanting loon (Funny how Nancy Pelosi thinks so highly of her!), now Debbie Dimwit is writing those talking points. High Octane!

cartooner on June 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Who would want to see week old mayonnaise in her panties…?

… Stinky!

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Thank you for that.

I’m calling Bishop.

Lanceman on June 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Debbie Gafferman-Schultz

ChrisB on June 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM

stealing this!

Tim_CA on June 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Needs to cut the strength of her dippity-do gel, seeping in a little too much

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

It’s all well and good but how many of the viewers of CBS FTN read WaPo, FactCheck or will ever know of Mr. Cannon’s remarks? The problem is that these learned pundits who are all to ready to label anything a Republican says as bunk and become downright combative, say nothing to Democrats. I’m thankful that we have a media that will push back now but you shouldn’t have to hunt for it.

Cindy Munford on June 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Cindy, you get to the heart of one of the problems with this country. The collective attention span is so short most do nothing more than read headlines or hear soundbites.
Too few will delve any further than what they are fed in thirty minutes on national news outlets.

Jvette on June 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

She lies every time she goes on TV.. Wasserman Shultz, YOU LIE

reshas1 on June 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Call it the Daily Ditz.

darwin on June 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Now that is funny! And a great idea!

brtex on June 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM

You’re a blabbermouth!!!!!!!!!!!

Ralph Kramden

50sGuy on June 1, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Debbie the dolt does da demagoguery dance! DOH! Idea for a new show…dancing with the demagogues! It would be a close call between her and Pelosi.

scalleywag on June 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM

It’s too easy to flake Blabbermouth-Schultz off. Trouble is, WE know what a cackling monkey she is BUT do the uninformed and the (dopey) Dems know? I think NOT. And the recent win in New York shows how completely asleep at the wheel Republicans and Conservatives are since Zero got in. This is disgusting to me.

This POS was elected to the DNC for a good reason…she is a street fighter, a liar and fights dirty. That pays off in dividends for the Left. It doesn’t help that the Republicans and Conservatives IN CHARGE have their fingers up their rump.

No one can Demagogue an issue like Blabbermouth-Schultz. She lies constantanly BUT IS BELIEVED BY MANY.

THAT is the real issue. We all know about the double-standard. Larry Craig and Christopher Lee were taken to task for their weirdo behaviour and skanks like Weiner and Barney’s Frank can keep-on-keeping-on without scrutiny (and being asked to resign…put Charles Rangle in there too).

So, we will see how this charaltan fraud Schultz gets away with her constant BS. Nothing has stopped her so far and they elected her for a reason. She delivers and the Conservatives have shown that they have NO IDEA how to compete with these lying frauds. At this dire time, I think our problem is that we have NO LEADERSHIP to counter these lying shams. THAT is the real issue.

Gob on June 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

High-octane idiocy

Well, she does need the premium blend to run her foreign luxury cars.

AH_C on June 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I like best what this says about Worthless Harry who never interviewed a Democrat he didn’t want to put over his shoulder and burp.

Marcus on June 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Blunder after blunder after blunder after blunder.

John the Libertarian on June 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

She seems to have antagonized her party faster than Steele did the GOP.

Good work!!

gh on June 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

<strong>..think we could catch her at a titty bar getting some lap dances for some rich Dem contributors?

The War Planner on June 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Who would want to see week old mayonnaise in her panties…?

… Stinky!

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 11:48AM

..Ugh! Some things just cannot be unseen!

The War Planner on June 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Imagine how the media would be attacking Wasserman-Schultz if she were z conservative Republican.

bw222 on June 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I am sure that old Harry straightened her out before the end of the interview…

d1carter on June 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Cindy, you get to the heart of one of the problems with this country. The collective attention span is so short most do nothing more than read headlines or hear soundbites.
Too few will delve any further than what they are fed in thirty minutes on national news outlets.

Jvette on June 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

If only some smart entrepreneur would develop a weekly TV program that puts the spotlight on all these lies that politicians and pundits tell. The program could be called something like “On the Carpet” or “Lies, Damned Lies and the Politicians who tell them”. The show would focus on statements made in the previous week (either in print or on video) by politicians and pundits from all political pursuasions and place the bright light of disinfectant on these worms to show the American public just how much they are being lied to.

If produced properly and fairly and with the right amount of marketing pizazz, this show could be a hit!

glennbo on June 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

..think we could catch her at a titty bar getting some lap dances for some rich Dem contributors?

The War Planner on June 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

It could happen. In Vegas, a county commissioner was convicted and spent time in jail for bribery when it was proved that a strip club had given her son lots of free “good times” in return for a favorable vote from her when they had issues before the commission.

Jvette on June 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Hold your nose, kiddies. This is the face of today’s Dem party… and it’s as trashy as it gets.

petefrt on June 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Obama’s gift to the GOP.

bw222 on June 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

If only some smart entrepreneur would develop a weekly TV program that puts the spotlight on all these lies that politicians and pundits tell. The program could be called something like “On the Carpet” or “Lies, Damned Lies and the Politicians who tell them”. The show would focus on statements made in the previous week (either in print or on video) by politicians and pundits from all political pursuasions and place the bright light of disinfectant on these worms to show the American public just how much they are being lied to.

If produced properly and fairly and with the right amount of marketing pizazz, this show could be a hit!

glennbo on June 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Or something like “Beyond the Talking Points”.

Republicans are guilty of this too. But, as I said, it’s because so many people never look beyond the two or three minutes devoted to issues that most news shows cover.

I don’t know how many times I have yelled out of frustration that the Republican didn’t rebut some statement by a Dem with facts rather than restate their talking point.

Jvette on June 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

So did anybody on CBS’ Face the Nation challenge the woman at the time she said this or just let it pass as fact?
These after the fact articles & commentary are worthless. One either confronts the lie when it happens or it is accepted as truth.

albill on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Imagine how the media would be attacking Wasserman-Schultz if she were z conservative Republican.

bw222 on June 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

You’re right that if she were a Conservative, the media would constantly bash her (ala Palin…who they hate and say is ridiculous, but follow her every move) BUT if she were a Conservative, she’d cut down on her demagoguery by about 95%. She’d hardly be known.

Gob on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Seriously, if we consider Debbie to be seriously deficient upstairs, she’ll continue to get away with the spouting she does.

it’s not idiocy, it’s strategic lying. Do it in front of a CBS/NBC etc audience where the journalist will not answer back and the people watching will believe every word.

My mom only watches CBS, doesn’t read the WaPo, has never heard of CATO, and believes everything Debbie says just because she’s a Democrat. Nobody in the media she watches has ever shown her anything different.

MaggiePoo on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

albill on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Albill, your query IS the problem these days. The Left Loving Media will NOT ever challenge the Dems to the degree they can stop their lies and the Right are too wimpy and don’t seem to have a clue how to get the REALITY out there.

Even Laura Ingraham had that old fool Bart Stupak on her show yesterday and FAILED to disprove his assertion that states are NOT getting Gov’t aid for abortions. It is the subject that she is passionate about yet she failed to clear up Stupak’s lies and it looked as if SHE had no idea what she was talking about. It was disgusting.

Gob on June 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM

MaggiePoo on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Maggie, you are spot on. Thanks for a meaningful and well thought out post!

It’s scary, isn’t it?

Gob on June 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM

This woman is a vile serpent with the cunning and slyness of a rabid fox. She is fully aware of the consequences of her actions and she should be held accountable. We must stop this nonsense that gives politicians the right to be liars, cheats and criminals.

rplat on June 1, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Keep talking, DWS!! You’re worth 10,000 votes nationwide everytime you open your pie hole…

Khun Joe on June 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Was curious to see what this idiot’s “academic background” was. Wiki tells us:

She received a Bachelor of Arts in 1988 and a Master of Arts with certificate in political campaigning in 1990

In other words, she majored in how to lie to voters.

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I don’t know who is a bigger screeching imbecile- Weiner or Wasserman. At least Wasserman keeps her sexy tweets to herself.

Chuck Schick on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Chuck, using the word “sexy” and “Wasserman” in the same sentence is inherently contradictory. Any resemblance between an attractive woman and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is purely accidental.

either orr on June 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Gob on June 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Well said.
The Republicans need to use the “liar” word and be able to demonstrate that in a 30-second sound bite, and they need to do it repeatedly.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

High octane idiot. And this is the new DNC chair?
rbj on June 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Can we PLEASE, from now on, refer to her as Debbie “High Octane Idiot” Wasserman-Schultz?

Please. Let’s get this one going. From now on, whenever she’s mentioned, include “High Octane Idiot” in some fashion to describe her.

Vyce on June 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I don’t know who is a bigger screeching imbecile- Weiner or Wasserman. At least Wasserman keeps her sexy scary tweets to herself.

Chuck Schick on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

FIXED

mizflame98 on June 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Can we PLEASE, from now on, refer to her as Debbie “High Octane Idiot” Wasserman-Schultz?

Please. Let’s get this one going. From now on, whenever she’s mentioned, include “High Octane Idiot” in some fashion to describe her.

Vyce on June 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Actually some here keep mentioning her hair. Shouldn’t we call her Dippity-Doo?

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Who would want to see week old mayonnaise in her panties…?

… Stinky!

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Vomitus Maximus… and it’s lunchtime, too.

CantCureStupid on June 1, 2011 at 1:14 PM

this is the liberal psychosis. Ignorance blissfully wrapped in an assault on their own preconceived notions. Silly, ignorant girls like Barrack Obama, Pelosi, and Wasserman are not only the face the democrat party, but also the mindtrust.
We should make Pelosi and her idiot clone, wasserman, the face of the DNC as we make Romney, Christie, Ryan, TPaw, Walker the face of the GOP. Serious men who actually know what they’re talking about.

joeindc44 on June 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

It’s nice to see Harry Smith did his homework before the interview. The Democrats really are cowards. They have her out there as their spokesperson and, before long, she won’t have any credibility, which will be good for Democrats because no one will listen to what she’s saying. If they’re only listening to Republicans, there’s more room for error and no comparisons.

bflat879 on June 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Look, it’s the job of the journalist to question his guest on the details she expresses. Smith did not do that. He is nothing but a Demorat sycophant and did not know anything about the Ryan plan. Thank you Deb for your help with the tough job of getting rid of Obama!

inspectorudy on June 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Any resemblance between an attractive woman and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is purely accidental.

either orr on June 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

She’s covered with large circular welts from guy’s only touching her with 10 foot poles.

Tim_CA on June 1, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Tim_CA – I think there’s Japanese pr0n producers who could make lots of money off that particular fetish.

JEM on June 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I remember a time when she tried to sound reasonable. But just like Dingy Harry Reid, their true self emerges when they do the bidding of their fellow progressive traitors.

csdeven on June 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

the DNC hurried to corroborate Wasserman-Schultz’s statement with expert testimony from Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute

The Dems thought that Libertarians would back them up on matters of debt, spending, social entitlements, and the necessity for the government to control a sector of the market?

What the hell? Did they forget that the libertarians are only on their side on a handful of social issues; and these certainly aren’t those issues?

When you’ve got problems, don’t ask an organization that is fundamentally opposed to your viewpoints on those very issues as their major policy platform for political cover… how is that complicated?

Seriously, if they’re this stupid I’m going to have to wonder what they’ll do in the weeks to come. Anyone got popcorn?

gekkobear on June 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM

FactCheck also found “death panels” to be unfounded.

rjl1999 on June 1, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Ditzy Weisenheimer-Schisse

mojo on June 1, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Chuck Schick on June 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Chuck, using the word “sexy” and “Wasserman” in the same sentence is inherently contradictory. Any resemblance between an attractive woman and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is purely accidental. non-existant.

either orr on June 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

FIFY.

You’re welcome.

Solaratov on June 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Alas and her frizzy hair was exposed as an extension of her frizzy mind.

Sherman1864 on June 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

So this is like Medicare D? That has ended up costing way more than estimated. Why not just end this meddling with my health care?

AshleyTKing on June 1, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Wasserman-Schultz – like Joey Biden, the gift that’s going to keep on giving.

GarandFan on June 1, 2011 at 8:51 PM