CNN host Dana Bash repeatedly swatted down a blatant lie from Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) about Democrats allegedly cutting Medicare, leaving Scott to whine that Bash wasn’t being fair to him.

Scott, who serves as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, was asked about his plan to require annual authorization of Medicare and Social Security, with Bash noting:

“Democrats say that one of your proposals that, which would sunset all federal legislation after five years jeopardizes Medicare and Social Security. You’ve previously said that those programs need to be preserved, reformed and protected. So just a simple yes or no, do Republicans want to cut Medicare and or Social Security?”

The Florida Republican replied:

“Absolutely not. And, you know, the Democrats just cut $280 billion. All Democrats in the Senate and House voted to cut $280 billion out of Medicare just two months ago. And then they want to say Republicans want to cut something. Democrats have done this.”

When Bash initially tried to correct Scott, he continued talking:

“Joe Biden when he was senator said he wanted to cut Medicare and Social Security. I believe we got to preserve them and make sure we we we keep them. What I want to do is make sure we live within our means and make sure we preserve those programs. People have paid into them. They believe in them. I believe them. I’m going to fight like hell to make sure we preserve Medicare and Social Security.”

Bash then laid a brutal fact-check on Scott:

“Just want to correct the record. The Democrats plan, which is now law, it didn’t cut social, excuse me. It didn’t cut Medicare benefits. It allowed for negotiation for prescription drug prices, which would ultimately bring down the price and the cost for Medicare consumers. But I want to ask the next question, which is about raising the eligibility…”


“We just finished that, though. They cut 280, Dana. It cut $280 billion out of Medicare. That means we’re going to have fewer lifesaving drugs. It cut $280 billion out of Medicare. They can say what it did.”

Once more, Bash pushed back:

“It did not cut benefits…”

But Scott refused to relent and reiterated his falsehood:

“It will reduce life saving drugs.”


“It didn’t. It did not…”


“You cut $280 billion out of Medicare, something’s gonna happen…”

Rather than waste more time on Scott’s lie, Bash dismissed him completely, remarking:

“Good. Okay. All right.”

That led Scott to whine, “Come on. All right. I mean.”

Again, Bash refocused the conversation:

“I want to, we can debate that and and, for a long time. But I want to focus on you and the Republicans and what you want to do right now.”

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