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The health care reform legislation passed this time last year with nary a Republican vote in the affirmative has been lovingly labeled ObamaCare by those who are hellbent on taking America back from it's first black president. Part of ObamaCare expands eligibility for Medicaid from 100% to 138% of the federal poverty level. This expansion will add approximately 16 million Americans to the Medicaid program.
The Medicaid expansion portion of ObamaCare is one of the few truly progressive parts of the legislation. Naturally, Republicans have no tolerance for such an expansion....and they have a plan to stomp Medicaid expansion out before it begins.
Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the GOP's often trumpeted "A Roadmap for America's Future".....and allegedly the GOP's new smart guy....has unveiled the Republican version of the 2012 budget. That version begins by cutting $1 trillion over ten years from.....wait for it.....Medicaid.
I think it's very important to keep in mind here that Medicaid is a program which aids the poor and the disabled.
On Sunday, Ryan announced that his budget proposal would cut "a lot more" than $4 trillion over the next 10 years. Fully one quarter of those cuts are being taken from the federal health insurance program which benefits the poor and the disabled. Not sure whether Ryan said anything about American exceptionalism while he was making his announcement on Fox.
What I find interesting about Ryan's proposal is the fact that the total revenue lost to the Treasury under the 10 year, Bush-era tax cuts.....is $4 trillion.
Ryan's proposal, however,.....are you sitting down?.....lowers taxes even more. Notice the Orwellian "pro-growth" labeling....
Pro-growth tax changes, including lower tax rates and broadening the tax base. Ryan said overhauling taxes would boost the economy. The plan will not propose tax increases.
Lowering taxes even more.....the bulk of which will absolutely go to the wealthiest 5%...again. While cutting $1 trillion, $100 billion per year over ten years, from the health needs of the poor and the disabled.
The United States is often referred to as a "Christian nation" by many conservatives.
Are you 55 years old or younger? If so, Paul Ryan and his New One Man Idea Band has written a new song just for you. Because when all hope is gone, sad songs say so much.
Ryan calls his renovation of Medicare for Americans now 55 or younger a..."premium support system." When I first read that phrase, I thought it was a typo, an error in transcription, or similar mistake. A more apt name would be "life support system" as in.....those under 55 are going to need a new "life support system" when they're faced with the highest medical bills seniors have paid in the last 50 years.
Gotta' love this sentence......
Ryan acknowledged that the ''premium support system'' would shift more costs to Medicare recipients, especially what he called ''wealthy seniors.''
Can't raise taxes on any of those "wealthy seniors"......but shifting more Medicare costs on to them is perfectly fine. And why would the GOP's idea man suggest this? Because the sooner Medicare is regarded as a welfare program, rather than a paid-in-to program to which retired workers are entitled....the sooner it can be slashed and reformed.....and then reformed and slashed again as just another welfare program which coddles and spoils our lazy, freeloading seniors.
Paul Ryan, cleverly, warned that Democrats would go forth from his announcement to demagogue his budget proposal, to distort or obscure his proposal with the purpose of ginning up a negative reaction to it by average Americans. He's a sly one, that Ryan. Not as slick as the "fundamentally" flawed GOP idea-man of the 90's, FigLeaf Newton Gingrich,...but close.
However, distortion is not necessary here. "No hyperbole required" is marked right on the side of Ryan's newly wrapped, old supply-side package.
Over the last ten years, Americans have enjoyed the lowest federal income tax rates in 60 years. Over the last ten years, without the Bush era tax cuts and without the foreign wars of empire, and without the hundreds of billions pissed away on Big Oil and Big Greed.....we could have already cut "a lot more" than $4 freaking-trillion from our debt load.
''We're not going to go down the path of raising taxes on people and raising taxes on the economy. We want to go after the source of the problem, and that is spending,'' Ryan said Sunday.
Let me tell you what the "source of the problem" is.....today's 'let's make the poor and disabled pay for it' Republicans.
That's the source of the problem.