As if it couldn’t get any clearer that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has it in for poor and low-income Americans, his newly unveiled House budget says it all — deep cuts to food stamps, healthcare for the poor and working class, as well as cuts to programs like the Pell Grants for low-income college students.
The most glaring cut of them all is OBAMACARE. On the day when enrollments on the ACA website topped 7 million as of Monday midnight, Paul Ryan is trotting out his budget that repeals the legislation with no alternative plan. Um, right. Tell those 7 million + people they need to find healthcare elsewhere.
The House Budget Committee Chairman’s plan would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years. While the former vice presidential candidate steers away from cutting benefits to senior citizens in the short term, his plan calls for a voucher-like Medicare program for future retirees. That provides the basis for Republican Party claims that such a program would drive down government debt over the long term.
Ryan’s budget is expected to pass the Budget Committee on Wednesday. Watch out for fireworks on the House floor next week. So much for his commitment to fighting poverty.