The media is ablaze with stories about Millionaire Paul Ryan’s goal to murder Medicare
In the Washington Monthly, Ryan is caught in a boldfaced lie
“It is important to note that Ryan doesn’t want to engage in that conversation in his zeal to privatize Medicare. As we saw in his discussion with Brett Baier, he has decided that it is preferable to lie to the American people in order to convince them to accept his position. When Baier asked Ryan about the Republican plans for entitlement reform, the Speaker took the conversation back to their plans to repeal Obamacare and said:
If you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare, you have to address those issues as well. … Medicare has got some serious issues because of Obamacare. So those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare.
Ryan went on to say that, “Because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke.” That is a lie.
Health reform, along with other factors, has significantly improved Medicare’s financial outlook, boosting revenues and making the program more efficient. The HI trust fund is now projected to remain solvent 11 years longer than before the Affordable Care Act was enacted.”
Baaa Bad idea?
“The Affordable Care Act has served as a pillar of economic and health security for millions of Americans across the country since its enactment, ensuring that health care is a right, not a privilege. Despite its undeniable success, Republicans continue their reckless assault in an attempt to repeal the ACA – an agenda that will harm hard-working Americans and their families, seniors, hospitals, doctors and other health care stakeholders.
ACA BY THE NUMBERS:
20 million previously uninsured Americans now have access to affordable health care
95 percent of America’s children are now covered with health insurance
Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions now have protection and health security
55 million seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in the Medicare program now receive free preventive services, such as cancer screenings and wellness visits
2.3 million young adults have benefited from the ACA’s provision allowing children up to the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plans
15.7 million more people have Medicaid coverage
Over 11 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved more than $23 billion thanks to the ACA’s closure of the prescription drug donut hole
Every woman benefits from the fact that being a woman is no longer treated as a pre-existing condition and women no longer are being charged more than men for the same coverage.”
Anti Trump? Pro Trump? Sheepish Paul Ryan
It was a turnabout from just two months ago, when Ryan disinvited Trump from a Wisconsin GOP event a day after The Washington Post published the infamous video of Trump bragging about grabbing women by their genitals…. Ryan was again scheduled to appear with Trump just days before the election. That rally also was canceled.
That, of course, was when the House Speaker assumed Trump would lose. But now that Trump will soon take the oath of office, it’s amazing to see just how quickly Paul Ryan can abandon any pretense of principle.
Asked about Trump’s many conflicts of interest, Ryan has said he doesn’t care. Asked about Russia’s alleged role in helping get Trump elected, the Speaker has said he’ll defer to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – who happens to be a member of Trump’s transition team. Asked about Trump choosing an obviously unqualified Vladimir Putin ally to be Secretary of State, Ryan said yesterday that he thinks it’s a great idea.
Indeed, as far as the far-right Speaker of the House is concerned, Donald Trump can effectively do no wrong. Every controversy is deemed unimportant, every question is carelessly dismissed.
It’d be less offensive if Paul Ryan hadn’t already made clear that he knows better.
Ahead of the election, when the Speaker saw Trump’s defeat as inevitable, Ryan publicly rebuked his party’s presidential nominee – repeatedly. In early October, after Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, Ryan told GOP lawmakers he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him. A week before the election, the Wisconsin congressman was reluctant to even say Trump’s name out loud during a television interview.
And yet, Ryan now seems quite eager to defend Trump and even introduce him at a public rally.