Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Misinformation About House Republicans’ “Commitment To America” Loose On Social Media

A recent image of the House Republicans’ Commitment to America plan, circulated online by numerous social media accounts, is false, according to multiple fact-checkers.
by Bronson Winslow

A recent image of the House Republicans’ Commitment to America plan, circulated online by numerous social media accounts, is false, according to multiple fact-checkers.

The image, which featured a logo of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s website, reported that the plan would include raising the minimum age for Social Security and Medicare from 65 to 75, while also blocking retirees with pensions, 401ks or disabled veterans’ benefits from receiving Social Security.

The image’s claims have been denounced by House Republicans as they do not align with the Commitment to America’s posted agenda.

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“Entitlements are bankrupting our country and the future of our children. Republicans are the only Party with a plan to address our fiscal crisis and commit to the following if you give us the majority in November. Make Social Security solvent by eliminating double-dipping. Retirees who have a pension, IRA’s, 401k, disabled veteran benefits will be ineligible for Social Security benefits,” the image said.

“Raise the age of medicare eligibility to 75 and eligibility ends for anyone over 90,” the image continued.

The actual Commitment to America plan does not mention efforts to raise the eligibility for Social Security and Medicare to 75 years of age and does not end eligibility at 90 years of age, according to the plan’s goals.

On Monday, McCarthy’s director of strategic communications Mark Bednar said that that image was “fabricated” and contains “false information,” the Associated Press reported.

Fact-checkers from ReutersNewsweek, Politifact, and the Associated Press have ruled that the image is false, noting that social media users have circulated the misinformation since at least Oct. 15.

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