Sometimes politicians admit the truth through a gaffe. Not Wisconsin grandma-hater Paul Ryan. On Friday, the Republican House Speaker came right out and admitted that trashing the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, has almost nothing to do with giving anyone health care, and everything to do with helping Trump dismantle the government.
Let me just describe exactly what this bill does…We are de-federalizing an entitlement, block-granting it back to the states and capping its growth rate.
Does that sound like an effort to give anyone health care? Of course not. That statement is entirely about getting rid of health insurance for poor and working class Americans by dismantling Medicaid through a back door. It’s the same starve-the-beast de-funding scam that Trump is using to go after other government agencies that keep America clean and safe from Wall Street-induced catastrophes.
Ryan babbles on about ‘freedom’ and the ‘free market’ and how wonderful America would be if only it could be run in its entirety by the fascist-leaning Heritage Foundation. But those are just talking points meant to direct attention away from the real damage of Ryan’s anti-American version of America.
Another clue to the intended punishment of Trumpcare is the emphasis on expanding health savings accounts. That gem implies that people working paycheck-to-paycheck will be able to find extra money to set aside, which Ryan suggests, should be used to cover co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses. Nowhere in Ryan’s intentionally mislead drool is there specific mention of how Trumpcare will make health insurance any better. And that’s probably because it’s not designed to do any such thing.
Upcoming Republican budget plans sound even scarier for the non-millionaire class. Ryan goes on to say that he plans to used next year’s budget to fix “all the other poverty trap programs,” and specifically mentions, “welfare reform.”
Ryan’s welfare reform solution includes,
Work requirements, time limits and customized welfare benefits to phase down the benefits in such that you don’t create a cliff or a trap or a huge work disincentive.
The agenda couched in those words should send chills down your spine. When a Republican like Ryan says the words ‘welfare reform’ you can bet it really means dismantling through de-funding.
If you thought income inequality was bad before Trump, Bannon, and Ryan took over the government, brace yourself. It’s going to get a lot worse.
As the New York Times points out,
Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $157 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to a congressional analysis… People making $200,000 to $999,999 a year would also get sizable tax cuts.
“Repeal-and-replace is a gigantic transfer of wealth from the lowest-income Americans to the highest-income Americas,” said Edward D. Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California law school and former chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation.
There’s nothing in Ryan’s words to suggest that Trumpcare fulfills the campaign promises of the Liar-in-Chief. At this point, should anyone be surprised?
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