Jerry Hanson: Ryan’s plan behind the tax cut are cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid

Dear Editor: Those of us who have reached the twilight stage of our lives depend mightily on Medicare and Social Security for our day-to-day existence. Should we need nursing home care down the road, Medicaid will undoubtedly be counted upon to help pay for our care.

It is indeed disheartening to discover that Congressman Paul Ryan planned well in advance to use the lost revenue resulting from his tax cut bill to cut funding for Medicare and Medicaid. Ryan’s budget proposed nearly a year ago included a $500 billion cut to Medicare and a $1 trillion cut to Medicaid . Remarkably, his tax cut bill results in a budget deficit [revenue shortfall] of $1.5 trillion, matching his budgeted cuts nearly exactly to Medicare and Medicaid.

Coincidence? Ryan does nothing coincidentally. His policies are always carefully planned and choreographed to achieve his goals. Ryan has long sought to put Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security on the chopping block and a tax cut bill that leaves our government short on revenue provides the convenient excuse. Miraculously the tax cut bill shorts our government almost exactly the amount Ryan proposed be cut from Medicare and Medicaid and as a bonus ends health care coverage for 13 million Americans.

It is clear that Ryan does not share Franklin Roosevelt’s concern for the vulnerable in our nation. Roosevelt said: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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Jerry Hanson


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