Paul Ryan Has Fantasized About Destroying Medicaid Since He Was 'Drinking at a Keg' in College

While most college kids have big dreams of moving out of their parents' home and making a major impact on the world, House Speaker Paul Ryan was having slightly different dreams. His dislike of the working poor and government services designed to assist them during financially difficult times has been going on since his college days.

Speaking at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit this past March in Washington D.C., Ryan told Rich Lowry, the editor of the long-time conservative publication founded by William F. Buckley, how he felt about the program that has saved millions of lives and benefited hospitals

"So Medicaid, sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg....I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time. We’re on the cusp of doing something we’ve long believed in."

The Congressional Budget Office has already estimated that Trumpcare (or Trumpdon'tcare) would cause 24 million people to lose their health insurance by 2026, with 14 million of those losses due to the cuts Ryan plans to make to the Medicaid program. 

College is a time for personal growth and shaping one's social and political outlook. So let's take a look at some of the more egregious things Paul Ryan has said about the working poor since his Medicaid-killing daydreams in college. 

Ever since assuming office in 1999, Congressman Paul Ryan has made every attempt to take a chainsaw to the entire edifice of New Deal programs. He cynically acts as though he's trying to combat poverty when he's really just trying to rip apart the safety net. Ryan, a total fanboy of Ayn Rand, once said Rand "makes the best case for the morality of democratic capitalism." 

Ryan has cited the anti-democratic Rand as his reason for getting into politics in the first place. He's been using her perverse philosophies to justify a false concern for eradicating poverty. Here is Paul Ryan gleefully celebrating a House bill that allows drug testing for unemployment benefits:

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And never missing an opportunity to kick someone while they're down, Ryan has perpetually introduced legislation that seeks to block grant the poor into starvation, with cuts to the SNAP program. Under a block grant program, the federal government would allocate each state a set amount of food stamp funds per year, and the state would decide how to distribute them. Ryan seems to think that 48 million Americans, including 13 million kids, should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps, which might be hard since that's all they have to eat. Ryan once likened food stamp reform to welfare reform, ignoring the fact that the majority of food stamp recipients already work regular jobs.

"We see food stamp reform as our second wave of welfare reform," said Paul Ryan during an interview with Larry Kudlow in 2013.

Worse yet, Ryan's anti-poverty efforts often amounts to thinly veiled racism. In 2014, he said, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

For Ryan, a supposedly nominal Catholic whose positions on caring for the poor and the sick are opposed to anything remotely resembling Christian values, the AHCA may be the apex of his youthful dreams. Let's just hope this bill dies as slow and agonizing death in the Senate as the millions of Americans who Ryan expects to live on it. 


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