Paul Ryan’s quest to control the universe and make it into an devastated landscape of Ayn Randian dysfunction is contained in his new/old reworking past failures. Remember, none of this would be happening if Republicans hadn't spent like drunken sailors with a charge card. Surprise, now we have a "crisis." USA Today:
- A balanced budget achieved in a decade by not allowing the government to spend more than it collects in revenue … 19.1% of gross domestic product … the federal government will spend $4.6 trillion less over the next decade.
- Authorizes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ryan’s “patient centered” vision for health care, centers on individuals by telling them, “you’re on your own” see ya later. No group discounts, no mandated basic coverage, just individual policies spelled out in confusing legalese that pretty much exempts everything.
- A full repeal of Obama's health care law.
Big government Republicans like Ryan like to pick winners and losers even in a “free market” environment. Nothing does that more than tort reform schemes that make people the losers. It’s another Ryan gift to insurers:
- Support for new laws to limit medical malpractice liabilities.
Medicare would be like any other insurance health care plan, that would take a retirees money in the form of co-pays at a much lower income level (skin in the game). Under the guise that only wealthy seniors will pay more, you’d have to ask, what’s “wealthy?” The co-pays will then discourage seniors from seeing a doctor, the current problem we have today and one of the reasons why health care costs so much. Yes, Ryan is throwing another bone to insurers.
- A fundamental overhaul of the Medicare system for future retirees. Starting in 2024, seniors would be given a federal subsidy to purchase health care from the private market, instead of the guaranteed benefit system that currently exists. It also calls for wealthy seniors to pay more for premiums.
Ryan wants states to have complete control over Medicaid and other funds so even the most impoverished family will have to make monthly premiums to private insurers and be required to work for peanuts just to get food stamps:
- A transfer of power to states to determine how Medicaid and other funds should be spent on programs, including food stamps.
Despite spending more on our military than the world biggest countries combined, Ryan wants to spend more. Little known fact; the military has lost over $2 trillion.
- An increase in defense spending over current law.Here's a brief description of pentagon waste I'll be dealing more with in another post:
CBS: On Sept. 10, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared war. Not on foreign terrorists, "the adversary's closer to home. It's the Pentagon bureaucracy," he said. "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted.So let's spend more? But Ryan doesn't care. And when it comes to the tax code and Soc. Sec.:
- A plan to transform the tax code to simplify it from seven individual tax brackets to two, as well as a repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax and a 25% corporate tax rate.
- A requirement that the president and Congress offer respective proposals for the long-term solvency of Social Security.
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