Someone has to pay for all the corporate giveaways in the Republican tax plan, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has no problem admitting that he plans to raid Medicare, anti-poverty programs, and Medicaid for the money.
On Ross Kaminsky’s talk radio show on Wednesday, Ryan defended the GOP tax cut plan that adds more than $1 Trillion to the deficit. He then went on to say, “Healthcare entitlements are the big driver of our debt.”
So, even though Republicans were unable to muster the votes to strip 32 million Americans of their health insurance with the repeal of Obamacare, the plan isn’t dead. Nor are Ryan’s dreams of privatizing Medicaid and turning Medicaid into an underfunded block grant program. No matter how Ryan spins the rhetoric, the end result is the same: working class people are going to suffer and die because Republicans have no moral bottom.
For even more proof of the vicious disdain Republicans have for working class Americans, look no further than the 83 year-old relic from Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch. As far as he’s concerned, programs that help the poor (like Medicaid) are “wasting Americans’ money.”
As noted in the Washington Post,
“We’re spending ourselves into bankruptcy,” Hatch said. “Now, let’s just be honest about it: We’re in trouble. This country is in deep debt. You don’t help the poor by not solving the problems of debt, and you don’t help the poor by continually pushing more and more liberal programs through.”
If Hatch really wanted to be “honest about it,” he would have admitted that giving corporations and billionaires more than a trillion dollars of borrowed money is way more irresponsible than funding Grandma’s nursing home care.
The Washington Post added Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-Ore.) comments on the Republican tax bill.
What’s coming next is all too predictable: The deficit hawks will come flying back after this bill becomes law. Republicans are already saying ‘entitlement reform’ and ‘welfare reform’ are next up on the docket. But nobody should be fooled — that’s just code for attacks on Medicaid, on Medicare, on Social Security, on anti-hunger programs.
It’s hard to wrap your head around exactly what Republicans want to turn America into. With no anti-poverty programs, Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, and high taxes on workers so the wealthy can get a free ride, everything that made America a beacon of hope is snuffed out like candle starved of air.
There is nothing about what Republicans want to do to this country that is “great,” and we can’t blame it all on the buffoon in the White House. Paul Ryan has wanted to dismantle the social safety net since he read his first Ayn Rand book. Trump is the mindless, Putin-owned pen that will sign it all away.