House Republican leader Paul Ryan, darling of wealthy donors and noted prevaricator, has faced significant criticism this past week due to the draconian cuts his health care plan would impose on the poor. As reported on Restore Progress and elsewhere, Ryan’s plan would take away health care from 24 million people, including, primarily the elderly and the poor.
Now, recent statements made by Ryan indicate that taking away health care from the poor is not some unfortunate, unintended consequence of his health care plan; rather, it is one of his fundamental objectives. In an interview with National Review, Ryan had this to say, when asked about cutting Medicaid benefits:
“We have been dreaming of this since I have been around, since you and I were drinking at a keg.”
As reported by Vanity Fair, “To many, Ryan’s apparent delight at the idea of some 14 million Americans losing their health-care coverage over the next decade might seem cold. But Ryan is consistent, if nothing else, when it comes to his belief that the federal government should not be in the business of helping people get medical care. A longtime Ayn Rand devotee, the House Speaker has always maintained an ideological objection to federally mandated health insurance and the idea that individuals are entitled to such coverage.”
Ryan joins a distinguished list of Republican congressmen, including Jason Chaffetz and Roger Marshall, who are quite willing to voice their contempt for America’s poor and struggling. The 2018 congressional races cannot come soon enough.