He haz a big sad.
Paul Ryan was booed (again) at a town hall meeting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week, after one of his constituents pressed him about the GOP budget. As you may recall, Paul Ryan’s Very Serious Budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program, and amounts to little more than a decimation of the programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) on which the elderly and poor rely on to… you know… not die.
One audience member, David Drath, argued that he couldn’t survive on the proposals in Ryan’s policy, and that if those policy were enacted, “you might as well put a gun to my head.”
From Think Progress:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) received a chilly reaction from audience members at a listening session in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Friday, as multiple constituents challenged the House Budget Chairman on the specifics of his budget and how it would affect current and future retirees. One audience member argued that Ryan’s proposal to push seniors out of traditional Medicare and into more-expensive private coverage is tantamount to murder:
Kenosha resident David Drath, 53, told Ryan he is a kidney transplant patient who relies on support from Medicare and Social Security. “I could not survive on the proposals in your policy,” Drath said. “If they’re put in place, you might as well put a gun to my head.”
Drath, Ryan countered, would remain remain covered by traditional Medicare in spite of his age, as those already enrolled in the program would be exempt from the new system. Furthermore, Ryan said his proposal would prohibit private insurers from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions.
Watch some of the audience reaction:
Ryan is correct in arguing that private insurers would be prohibited from denying coverage to sicker beneficiaries, but his answer carefully sidesteps the question of cost, which would increase under his proposal. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of Ryan’s proposal found that a “typical” 65-year old would be paying more under Ryan’s plan, regardless of income.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Paul Ryan and the GOP don’t give a fuck.
In May, Paul Ryan flat-out said that some seniors would pay more under his plan:
Yet here he is — five months later — trying to feed America the same old shit sandwich.
As I explained last week, Paul Ryan is delusional. I doubt being booed by his own constituents even fazes him. I guess it’s easy to remain unfazed when you just don’t give a fuck.
[via Think Progress]
[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]