House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’d been “dreaming” of taking health care from poor people since his drunken frat boy days. Appearing at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit, Ryan spoke to his buddy, conservative pundit Rich Lowry about the GOP health care bill and its proposed changes to Medicaid.
— American Bridge (@American_Bridge) March 17, 2017
He said, and we kid you not,
So, the health care entitlements are the big, big, big drivers of our debt. There are three. Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare. Two out of three are going through Congress right now. So, Medicaid—sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since you and I were drinking out of a keg.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid now covers more than 73 million vulnerable Americans, including poor families, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and the low-income elderly. Paul Ryan’s brainchild, titled the “American Health Care Act,” would gradually end funding for the Medicaid expansion introduced by Obamacare. According to CBO estimates, 14 million fewer Americans would be covered by Medicaid by 2026 as a result.