It appears that screwing the American people over has always been something the GOP long dreamed about. That is really sad!
At a live event hosted by National Review editor Rich Lowry on Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan reaffirmed his ‘conservative Christian values’ by telling the audience he has been “dreaming about cutting Medicaid” for a long time —apparently ever since he was drinking at DC keg parties.
Before the shocking revelation, Lowry shared a “personal little story,” recalling that in 1997, when he was selected to lead the magazine, his Washington, DC, housemates threw a kegger in his honor. Ryan, who would have been about 27 at the time, attended. He ran for office soon after and was elected to his Wisconsin congressional seat the following year.
Later in the interview, Ryan discussed the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare by reducing government spending on health care, specifically the party’s plans to eliminate Medicaid (the main health insurance program for the poor).
“We’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around—since you and I were drinking at a keg,” he told Lowry.
While the remark was met with disbelief by Americans, including Politico’s Adam Cancryn who tweeted:
Make no mistake. Republicans have launched an all-out assault on the poor and they are bragging about it.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 24 million fewer Americans would have health coverage by 2026 under the Republican bill than would under Obamacare. One of the specific policies Ryan mentioned—putting a cap on the amount of Medicaid money the federal government contributes to any given state—would almost certainly contribute to the elimination of the program.
Watch the interview below (Ryan’s controversial remark comes at the 33:20 mark):