Wednesday, November 16, 2016

If you think Paul Ryan isn't serious about ending Medicare, think again

If you think Paul Ryan isn't serious about ending Medicare, think again

Last Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan went on Fox, the very best place for Republicans to shop their lies, and told some whoppers about Medicare. Those whoppers are what he's using to justify the one big thing he thinks he's going to get out of president-popular vote loser-elect Donald Trump: the end of Medicare. Here's what he said in that interview:

What people don't realize is that Medicare is going broke, that Medicare is going to have price controls. Because of ObamaCare, Medicaid is in fiscal straits. So you have to deal with those issues if you're going to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Medicare has got some serious problems because of ObamaCare. Those things are part of our plan to replace ObamaCare.
First, it already has price controls. Second, it is not going broke. Third, it's not going broke in large part because of Obamacare. In fact, the Medicare controls in Obamacare have actually extended Medicare's solvency by 12 years. Even the fact-checkers say so. So the whole premise Ryan is shopping to explain why he wants to blow Medicare up is a big, fat lie. Which you probably already knew because Paul Ryan.

Those who believe the party that nominates the Cheetos Caligula for president, snatches lunch from a hungry kid at school to save a buck and teach him a life lesson, is gong to change its course on reducing and eliminating Social Security, Veteran's benefits, or military retirement, are seriously delusional. It's not a stretch to imagine the party that would cut your mamma's medicare benefits kicking the crutches out from under a wounded soldier at a VA hospital. They wield a budget ax, not guide a budget scalpel.

Folks say I should "engage in constructive conversation" with the Cheetos Caligula supporters. Seeing as how well that worked prior to the election I'll opt for something more productive, like nailing Jello to a tree.

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