When I took my dad back to the assisted living facility where he lives after spending Christmas Eve with my family, we had a sad moment.
One of the women who takes care of him ran up to me. She told me about how she can’t afford health insurance anymore. My Dad will be taken care of, but the woman who takes care of him won’t be.
That’s wrong. On so many levels.
It’s bad enough that Paul Ryan’s tax bill forces working families to fund massive tax breaks for millionaires and corporations, But now he’s coming after vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to pay for the $1.3 trillion in additional debt his bill creates.
58.4 million people receive Medicare benefits. 49.3 million of those individuals are 65 and older. These are working-class Americans, like my parents, who despite working everyday they could, now live on a limited income in their retirement.
Without Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, they wouldn’t be able to afford assisted living facilities, the skyrocketing costs of medicine, and emergency medical expenses — but Ryan doesn’t care.
The last time our government tried “entitlement” reform, extreme poverty increased by 35%. Now the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the developed world.
So why does Ryan want to try it again?
To fill the pockets of his wealthy donors and fulfill his own personal ambitions — even though the people he represents, my neighbors, our friends, will suffer. Ryan got his wish and passed his deeply unpopular tax plan, so now he thinks he can live out his dream of decimating and privatizing Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.
But we won’t let that happen.