Paul Ryan Medicare promises: Is he telling the truth?
Mutiny, I Promise You
Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Aug. 21 2012 2:46 PM

Mutiny, I Promise You

It's been buried a bit in the surging tide of Todd Akin news, which no bodily secretions seem to be able to stop, but -- I wrote this piece about the slippery ways Paul Ryan is currently discussing his Medicare plan. Nobody's expecting a candidate to tell an audience "hey, here are the ways this plan will screw you." Barack Obama certainly didn't! But Ryan's extremely good at tailoring a message so that people who don't want to save Medicare like it, and people who do want to keep Medicare as-is are generally calmed. The key phrase: "Keep the promise of Medicare." That means almost anything Ryan wants it to mean.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post. 

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