GOP to Dismantle ‘Great Society’

Getting rid of social services has been the right's goal for nearly five decades, and now they have a blueprint to achieve their goals.

Ryan’s budget proposal is all the more amazing. Not only does it incorporate repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but it also dramatically slashes Medicaid and obliterates Medicare by transforming it into a scrawnily funded voucher program. Notwithstanding hopes that free-market competition between insurers will bring down healthcare costs (something that has never worked before in the US) under Paul Ryan’s plan, the inevitable outcome is that even fewer ... Full Story »

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by Randy Morrow - Apr. 22, 2011

Notwithstanding hopes that free-market competition between insurers will bring down healthcare costs (something that has never worked before in the US) under Paul Ryan’s plan, the inevitable outcome is that even fewer Americans will have healthcare coverage than before Obama’s election, and those who do still qualify will likely be paying more for less. —— It is, in fact, proof of Obama’s success that the current “conversation” about debt reduction is even possible. If the US was still shedding jobs on the scale of two years ago, the problem of funding Medicare and Medicaid would not be at the top of our list of priorities. —— The US is not a heavily taxed country, either by comparison to its rich country peers, or in its own historical post-World War II context. In fact, our current federal tax burden as measured as a percentage of total GDP is at a 60-year-low. But we do have a pretty expensive social welfare safety net — one that’s getting pricier all the time, as medical costs rise and the population ages. That math just doesn’t work. You can’t keep cutting taxes and provide decent government healthcare. That’s just not sustainable. Republicans know this - and are delighted by it. -- But the Republican counter-reaction threatens to wipe out not just the Affordable Health Care beachhead but to go much further: to eviscerate the government healthcare infrastructure that has already existed for decades. It should be insufferable to any Democrat that House Republicans have been so successful at setting the agenda. — The wealthiest Americans and corporations are getting tax breaks while healthcare for the most vulnerable Americans is under assault. That should not be a hard message for Obama to use as a rallying cry. The timing is perfect: He declared his plans for reelection this week. Why not tell us why we should care?

The article briefly describes the Ryan budget proposal and (very much related) how we got to this point.

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