High Priest of Galt Demands Sacrifice to His Randian Gods
Paul Ryan, The Chosen of Rand, and High Priest of Galt is preparing to issue a decree that the poor, elderly, disabled, and downtrodden are to be ritualistically disemboweled in sacrifice to the Almighty Rand.
Praise be to Galt.
The House GOP is set to release it’s new budget plan, and boy is it a doozy.
House Republicans are preparing to introduce a 10-year budget Tuesday that will eliminate Medicare and replace it with a private insurance system that closely resembles the new health care law, and end Medicaid as an entitlement program all together.
That’s right. If you’re depending on Medicaid for any of your medical care right now, Paul Ryan and the GOP would like to ask you to kindly fuck off. They intend to hand the whole program over to the states in the form of block grants and allow the savages in the state legislatures to kick your goldbricking ass to the curb where it belongs. Commie bastard.
Low-income Medicaid beneficiaries will lose their guaranteed benefits altogether. Currently, Medicaid is jointly financed by the federal government and states, which are required to provide comprehensive health care benefits to people in poverty. Ryan’s plan turns the program into block grants for the states — states get a bunch of cash from the feds and have to make the best of it. For many states, that will mean severe benefit rollbacks.
The sad part is, any of us still under the age of 55 will probably really miss Medicaid when it’s gone, because we won’t be able to afford health care at all even with the vouchers that the GOP want to give people to “help” them pay for private insurance.
Future beneficiaries would no longer have a single payer system to rely on. Rather, they’d be given a menu of private insurance plans to pick from, and subsidies to help pay their premiums. If those premiums skyrocket, that’s on them. If the insurers themselves aren’t required to pay for whatever the doctor orders, then the guaranteed benefits will erode.
Recently Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt — a respected health care expert — described the plan this way: “Under the defined contribution approach envisaged by the Rivlin-Ryan plan, most of the risk of future health-care cost increases would be shifted onto the shoulders of Medicare beneficiaries. This feature makes the proposal radical.”
Although, as a silver lining, I’m sure there will be a flood of disgustingly overpriced junk insurance scams just in time to suck up those voucher dollars and then turn them into GOP donations ten years from now. Win win!!
Just remember that this is all absolutely necessary so that we can continue to give tax cuts to Corporations, who are already paying next to nothing, and to those Job Creating Oligarchs, whom we all depend on to take care of us. If we don’t heap all of our unwanted human refuse on to the altar to be gutted and incinerated in their name, they may just pack up all those high paying jobs they’ve been holding just for us and head to China.
As I said back in January:
The Republican party has morphed into a degenerate cult of cruel, conscienceless, Rand worshiping dopes. They detest democracy and will kill any policy that helps the poor and working classes. They don’t give a fuck about this country or its people, and they sure as shit don’t care about actually governing. This is what the American people voted for. They will bow, chant and cheer as, one by one, our social programs are brought to the chopping block and publicly beheaded in sacrifice to their false idols of Tax Cuts and Austerity. I weep for our future.
Praise be to Galt!
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