It’s a bit of a surprise to see it coming this early in the new, repressive, oppressive regime. Yet, here it is. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told Fox News today that he can hardly wait until his buddy, Donnie Trump, gets sworn in as president and then they can get to work on stamping out Medicare.
Think we’re kidding?
BRET BAIER: Let’s tick down these things. You have a debt ceiling coming up. How is that going to work?
PAUL RYAN: Thankfully, we’re doing it with a republican president and congress. We can tackle our fiscal issues. We can tackle the oppressive taxes that are stifling job creation and business and making America uncompetitive. Having a debt limit, which occurs — March is around the time this occurs. With president-elect trump — with president trump and a congressional republican and congressional senate democrats in the minority and senate republicans in the majority makes a world of difference better. We can use this as an opportunity to get good things done.
BRET BAIER: Your solution has always been to put things together including entitlement reform. That is Paul Ryan’s plan. That’s not Donald Trump’s plan.
PAUL RYAN: Well, you have to remember, when Obamacare became Obamacare, Obamacare rewrote medicare, rewrote medicaid. If you are going to repeal and replace Obamacare, you have to address those issues as well. What a lot of folks don’t realize is this 21-person board called the ipap is about to kick in with price controls on Medicare. What people don’t realize is because of Obamacare, medicare is going broke, medicare is going to have price controls because of Obamacare, medicaid is in fiscal straits. You have to deal with those issues if you are going to repeal and replace obamacare. Medicare has serious problems [because of] Obamacare. Those are part of our plan.
Poor old Granny. She liked getting her medicine on schedule. Kept her alive, pretty much. But don’t buy that pine box just yet.
Ryan says current beneficiaries will be allowed to keep their Medicare. Says. (When) the cord is cut between current and future beneficiaries, everything is fair game.
So, folks. Still glad you voted for that nice Mr. Trump who’s gonna kick out all the Mexicans? Or are you starting to realize that voting against your self-interest because some snake oil salesman promises to make things tough on minorities is a bad idea in the long run?
You’ll hear lots of people calling this “reform” and other catchwords. But Medicare is a single payer, universal health care system. Replacing it with private insurance means getting rid of it. Even calling it “privatization” masks what is really afoot.