Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ryan's War-- on Seniors

The Paul Ryan healthcare proposal--fully embraced by Homemade Hitler--is hurtling through Congress, hoping that it's moving too fast for anyone to read it first.

Too late.

Senator Bob Casey released a 50 page report detailing how the plan raises premiums and lowers coverage as citizens age, with seniors (not quite 65) of the lowest income paying the highest percentage of their income.

Paul Krugman: "Affluent young people might end up saving some money as a result of these changes. But the effect on those who are older and less affluent would be devastating. AARP has done the math: a 55-year-old making $25,000 a year would end up paying $3,600 a year more for coverage; that rises to $8,400 for a 64-year-old making $15,000 a year."

Low income seniors--even those on Medicare, which covers only part of healthcare costs--depend on programs through Medicaid.  The Ryan plan would end much of this support by 2020.

But news is Republicans have gotten concessions from Ryan and the White House: they have agreed to wound Medicaid even more.

This is the Cruelty State's proudest boast--thanks for your service, now that you're too old we'll kill you, painfully.

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