Congressman Paul Ryan, architect of the plan to gut Medicare/Medicaid, is disappointed in President Obama, according to a statement released from the Wisconsin Republican.
He’s miffed that Obama didn’t extend an “olive branch” yesterday to the GOP during the President’s speech at George Washington University, where he proposed slicing the federal deficit $4.4T over the next dozen years.
How can 'Privatize' Ryan even fathom an olive branch? His plan calls for bankrolling corporate tax cuts and tax breaks for the wealthy by undoing federal insurance coverage for seniors and the needy.
Obama should take a sledgehammer to the GOP plan. “There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires,” said the President. “And I don't think there’s anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill. That's not a vision of the America I know.”
The Republican labeled Obama’s speech “excessively partisan,” as if there's widespread national support for Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system that would have senior citizens purchasing health policies from insurance companies. Trust insurance companies? C’mon! That’s the same crowd that tried to torpedo healthcare reform.
As the president noted, “And if that voucher isn’t worth enough to buy the insurance that’s available in the open marketplace, well, tough luck -– you’re on your own.”
I thought the Tea Party accused the president of wanting death panels for grannies. It turns out the GOP wants to prevent granny from seeing a doctor if she can’t afford the visit.
The president’s only applause line came when he said of Ryan’s plan: “They want to give people like me a $200,000 tax cut that’s paid for by asking 30 seniors each to pay $6,000 for health care costs? That’s not right, and it’s not going to happen as long as I am president.”
More talk like that will make Obama a two-term president.
Ryan accused Obama of “exploiting people's emotions of fear.” That fear is justified if the nightmare scenario of GOP control of the Senate and White House becomes a reality.
A blogger on the conservative American Spectator site said Ryan’s plan shows the GOP is the “party of ideas.” That’s right. Really bad ideas. Ross Kaminsky also wrote that once Ryan’s kids grow up, the Congressman would be a “tremendous candidate for President of the United States.”
Heaven, help us.