Rep. Paul Ryan may not have officially unveiled his budget proposal yet, but he gave a pretty clear indication of his plans this weekend. As expected, it appears the Republican budget will be based on false realities, gimmicks, and rejected policies. In fact, the Budget Committee Chairman revealed that even he knows the proposals within the Republican budget are untenable, as reported by the Washington Post:
“Asked whether his plan was realistic, Ryan averred that parts of it were not.”
That is a sure sign of more Republican budget gimmicks to come as Rep. Ryan is expected to rely once again on fuzzy math and ambiguous spending cuts. He’s already given us one great example of how his budget relies on savings that aren’t real:
Rep. Paul Ryan: “Yes, our budget does promote repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a better system” [Fox News Sunday, 3/10]
You can’t be serious. Perhaps he missed the news, but the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and Republican proposals to undo health reform have failed miserably. As the Washington Post notes:
“Ryan’s budget proposal, which includes controversial proposals for giving states more authority over Medicaid, is sure to encounter stiff resistance from Democrats in Congress who are committed to protecting Obamacare.” [Washington Post, 3/10]
Newsflash: Obamacare isn’t going anywhere, and creating a budget proposal that proposes anything else is simply not only misleading but it’s another step outside of the reality box.
As if the “repeal” of Obamacare wasn’t enough, Rep. Ryan’s budget continues to rely on proposals that voters rejected:
“Key parts of Ryan’s plan are items he and Mitt Romney campaigned on in the election they lost to Obama in November.”
“One is turning Medicare from a one-size-fits-all insurance program to one that helps subsidize the purchase of policies ‘based on who you are — total subsidy for the poor and the sick, less of a subsidy for wealthy seniors.’ Another is turning Medicaid, which pays for health care for the very poor, into a block-grant program that would allow states to craft their own programs.” [Washington Post, 3/10]
So, again, Rep. Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it will end the guarantee for seniors, and his Medicaid proposal threatens the support that the most vulnerable rely on for their care. Instead of wasting critical time with voter-rejected policies and a deeply flawed budget that places the burden on the middle class and seniors, Republicans should work with Democrats towards a big and balanced fiscal plan that protects the vulnerable and fully recognizes that revenues must be part of the solution.