Cat Food For Grandma? Adopt Paul Ryan's Path To Prosperity, And Grandma Can't Even Afford Cat Food!

Wrapped In The Flag, Carrying The Bible, Dressed To Kill!

Wrapped In The Flag
Wrapped In The Flag

Transform Medicare! The Bold Approach To Killing Grandma!

Does Paul Ryan, the ultimate GOP Transformer, have an issue with old people? The evidence says yes, and it is outlined in Ryan's latest version of "Weaning Grandma From Welfare And On To Cat Food!", otherwise known as "The Path To Prosperity". John Boehner, the Weeper of the House, calls the plan a transformation of Medicare. Transformation or Destruction, the Path will alter Medicare so much so, that it will not only bankrupt average seniors, it will ultimately kill them. According to to the ssa.gov website, the average monthly Social Security benefit is $1177, as of January of 2011. According to the Path, seniors will be given a 'premium support allowance' (coupon or voucher in real talk) to help them purchase insurance from private health insurers(some of Ryan's biggest donors). But the additional cost to each senior is estimated at $6000 per year. If the average senior receives a benefit of $14,124 per year, it will require that seniors spend almost half (42%) of their benefit just to buy their Transformed Health Insurance. That will leave them with roughly $8124 to live on. That is $677 per month.

How much of that $677 will be spent on copays for doctors or medications? Can you stretch $677 per month and even be able to afford cat food? The average 3 ounce can of cat food typically costs anywhere from 38 to 73 cents, depending on the brand. Cat food for grandma?Grandma might find it cheaper to stick to a diet of beans, lentils and carrots. Yummy! How long will grandma be able to live like this? The Path does not provide statistics for survival.

The Next Ten Years Under The Ryan Path!

Before outlining some the the key elements of the Path, let's just summarize the next ten years under Ryan's folly!

Ryan cuts taxes to the wealhtiest of corporations and individuals by $4.2 Trillion dollars.

Ryan pays for the tax cuts by cutting programs for the poor and middle class by $4.5 Trillion dollars.

Ryan's Balancing Act! 

The Ryan Plan Doesn't Kill People Currently 55 And Older! 54? Tough For You!

Paul Ryan and the GOP do NOT believe in killing current grandmas as long as they are 55 and older. Why not? Because they are a huge voting block! Notice that when defending Ryan's Path, every member of the GOP points out that it will not affect current seniors or those that are within 10 years of qualifying for Medicare. They know that current seniors would drum them out of office if the Path attempted to destroy their current Medicare benefits.

The destruction of Medicare has been a goal of the Republican party since Medicare was passed into law. Mother Jones Magazine has an issue written in 1996 that spends most of the issue discussing Newt Gingrich's Plan to Kill Medicare. Written 15 years ago, it could have been written today. Substitute the name Ryan for Gingrich, and you have the same old song...

The difference will be the names of the donors. Golden Rule was the contributor to Gingrich, while Ryan has contributors from many, many health insurance companies.

Just a few years ago, Ryan wanted to eliminate CHIPS. is a program administered by the Department of Health and Human services that provides matching funds to states for health insurance to families with children. The program was designed with the intent to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid. Talk about compassion! Ryan seems to care about no one but himself and his own.

AARP has come out against the plan, and the CBO says it goes even further to cripple programs than the scoundrel Ryan says. AARP's headline reads the following:

AARP Calls on Lawmakers to Oppose Unbalanced Budget Proposal

Bush Tax Cuts To Wealthy Create How Many Jobs?

Jobs Lost Chart From Bush and Obama Terms
Jobs Lost Chart From Bush and Obama Terms | Source

Ryan Will Also Destroy Social Security! But He Will Save The Wealthy Job Creators!

Paul Ryan's father died when he was 16. Social Security Survivor's Benefits were used by Ryan to pay for his college education. His mother and his other siblings received benefits as well, but Ryan and his GOP cronies not only seek the destruction of Medicare, they seek the 'transformation' of Social Security. Privatize, personalize, the wording doesn't matter. The effect is the same: the disappearance of any safety net for the least powerful in America.

The Path does provide one safety net. It is called 'tax breaks for the wealthy'. Not satisfied with extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which added to the deficit to the tune of $700-$800 billion dollars, the Path calls for even more tax breaks for the highest income brackets. The wealthy, who have created literally millions of jobs with the Bush tax cuts, will create even more jobs with the hundreds of billions that Ryan's Path provides. Economist Mark Zandi predicts that the Ryan plan will eliminate 1.7 million jobs in its first two years. Now that is the kind of progress that we want to see!

 

Who Will The GOP and Ryan Save; Who Will Get Kicked Off The Lifeboat?

If Paul Ryan and the GOP were on a lifeboat and there was room for one more, who would they pull into the lifeboat? Who would they save?

Ryan and the GOP, after capsizing their 'Core Values' cruise ship and comandeering a lifeboat, see an elderly widow, a young child with disablities and the CEO of a fortune 500 company floating in the water. All of them are panic-stricken and screaming. All of them know that without the help of the GOP, they will die. There is no need for discussion. Ryan and his fellow GOP survivors instinctively know what must be done. They pull the elderly widow to safety, hit her over the head and throw her back into the water. Next, they grab the child, remove his Medicaid-financed oxygen tank, and throw him to the sharks. The CEO is the only one left. He is wearing what appears to be a backpack, and for a moment, Ryan and his GOP buddies think to themselves that the extra weight from the backpack might be too much for the lifeboat to handle. But they pull him to safety anyway. Once on board, the CEO opens the golden backpack. Inside, they all see what he has brought with him. Another inflatable lifeboat, which he stole before jumping from the ship, and stacks and stacks of cash, which he proceeds to divide among Ryan and his buddies.

Yep, the GOP, once again, has made the correct decision...the traditional GOP decision...

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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Awesome Hub Jillian. Rep. Ryan may think he is keeping the elderly voting bloc in his camp but they have children and grandchildren. They know how essential Medicare is to them and they know this will destroy their children once they reach retirement age. I hope AARP comes out strongly against this and explains this thoroughly to seniors. This is just another example of this crop (or is that crap) of Republicans attempting a massive wealth grab from the middle and lower classes to the wealthy. President Obama finally showed some backbone against this and it has to continue. This is just another large item that we need to hit the GOP with.I will give up if we cannot wipe out the Republicans in 2012.


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago

Great job! As LovemyChris said, Ryan is a "reptillian humanoid." I would add "lying" reptilian humanoid.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear HSchneider,

AARP just came out against the Ryan plan: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/press-center/info-0... Not as strong as I would like, but then I am probably less PC than AARP...

Thank you for commenting! Hope the Dems capitalize on this blunder in 2012--getting sick of the media calling it a 'bold' plan. If the Dems don't keep continually hitting it, then I, too, will give up!

Dear Ralph,

Geez! I finally come up with something you like (reptilian humanoid) and you credit LovemyChris...

However, she is my much younger hippie sister and I do love her, so it is okay- as long as you promise to never credit ME with something that was said by LadyLove, we're good!

LMC just said, "American Conservatism: Privatize the healthcare; socialize the uterus."

She is good, isn't she!!!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Excellent hub as always Jillian. As you may know, the Republicans launched an investigation of AARP to see if they received any federal funding they could claim was being misappropriated. They are pathetic.

The Democrats have the best opportunity they've had in a long time to stand and battle. The odds are on their side. Let's just hope they have sense enough to take advantage of it.

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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago

Mea Culpa. I thought is was LMC. Anyway it's an elegant jab at a nasty guy.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Fay,

We are in the same choir, I think. It is a good thing that some are listening. Hopefully, this overreach will wake up those who are still sleepiing. If I was 54, I would be even angrier than we are, and like HS said, if the Dems don't continue to rally and condemn the GOP for being radical, win in 2012, I may give up, too.

Yes, the GOP is unhappy with AARP. Oh, well- too bad for the GOP; think the seniors are the one voting bloc that can defeat the GOP machine...

Dear Ralph,

Like I said, just don't credit me with anything ever said by LL--LMC is a compliment! It's all good!


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

All we need to do is make them (Ryan) live under the same rules we do. Let them have only Social Security and watch how things would change. Great Hub!


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Peter,

If Ryan and his friends had to live on what most seniors live on, they would kill themselves. They should be forced to do so, for at least one month, every year!

I am so happy to meet you! I read your profile and some of your articles. You and I have much in common; you are a gemologist and I love fine jewelry! Happy to become your newest fan!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

I reckon you find the 14 trillion dollar debt and climbing acceptable? Try writing a Hub informing us of your solution rather than blasting a man who has a viable plan on the table.

Better start thinking outside that partisan box you find yourself in.

The Frog


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

I am taking my lead from Sharon Angle. If she can say it so can I. "People may just decide to take second amendment remedies." Ryan has made, I believe, a huge mistake in being so blatantly on the side of the SUPER CLASS. He has crossed the proverbial line of decency. He should be condemned to making a porn flick with Angle and after sufficient water boarding, face a firing squad. The man is a despicable bastard with absolutely no compassion. Did I mention, I don't like him!


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Frog Prince,

I am not happy with the growing deficit; I don't know one person who believes that it is good. You talk of Ryan's plan as being viable. Just because something is put on the table does not make it viable. Is it the additional $4 Trillion dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest of people and corporations that makes the Path viable? Is it the cuts to veterans' programs? The destruction of Medicaid for children? The cuts to the Food Stamp program? The destruction of Medicare while enriching private insurance?

I thought that the Tea Party was formed because of the crash of 2007, which was caused by the greed and theft of our economy, perpetrated by banks, mortgage companies and Wall Street. Instead of supporting their continued crime by giving more tax cuts to these crooks (Ryan's plan does), I had hoped that the Tea Party would gather their forces and work to rein in the shameful avarice. Try reading this: http://hubpages.com/hub/TeaPartyPandemonium

If a program that has helped millions of people and is needed costs too much money, is it your conclusion that is should be killed? That is what Ryan's Path will do to Medicare.

Hopefully, you apply the same logic to the Pentagon and the DOD. The Defense of our country is of utmost importance, yet it costs more and more Tax money each year to support it. Perhaps, we should give our troops vouchers; just enough so that they can purchase half of their needed equipment on the government's dime and the remaining necessities they can purchase from private companies on their own. Also, as a side note, TriCare is estimated to take 12% of the DOD's budget by 2015 (Congressional Research Service report, May 2009). The report further states that the cost of Tricare will impact other areas of the DOD. Maybe Tricare beneficiaries should get a yearly voucher that will pay half of what they need to obtain medical care and shoulder the remaining costs by themselves.

Finally, I am not an economist, but I do not pretend that the Path is viable. Read it! Any Path that rewards the greedy while taking from the poor, is the Path to Hell.

Dear Terry,

So, tell me, how do you really feel? Apparently, the previous reader finds Ryan's Path viable...According to his profile, he is retired military and a proud member of the Tea Party, receiving Tricare benefits (no need for Medicare). Tricare is an entitlement, just like Medicare. I used to administer CHAMPUS (now called TriCare), so its budget is growing, too. What is good for the goose...Maybe military pensions should be privatized, too...Guess that is gonna get some comment!

But then, your comment about Angle tops mine! She gets her healthcare as part of her teacher's retirement (no need for Medicare). Amazing, isn't it?

The lack of compassion is what kills me, too---I have mine and too damn bad for the rest of you--- The reverse Robin Hood philosophy, as Fay calls it.

Thank you, Terry!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

Oh Frog Prince or whoever you really are, stop butt kissing the rich folks and try and pretend you are a thinker. The Rich have gotten all the brakes in the last 30 years and you have been sucked into their web. That debt you are sooooo concerned about is the result of two wars not paid for, prescription drugs not paid for, tax cuts not paid for, etc. I realize you want to strangle government's ability to do anything by cutting funding. That is the Republican mantra Spend and Cut Taxes. Why don't you get a tin cup and raise money for the Koch Brothers. Maybe you could co-star in that movie with Sharon Angle. God I would pay big to see that comedy!


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Terry,

You are always so direct and pull no punches! Think that may be why I am so proud to call you my friend!


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

Jillian, I would like to comment on your response to The Frog Prince. I agree so very much with you. What the super wealthy and large corporations do not seem to realize is that if you do not have a stable middle class, then this group in power in both the political and private sectors will eventually find themselves in harm's way. You can only push people so far before they say enough is enough and then there will be an uprising. Ask the middle-eastern and African establishments how the economic suppression of the masses is going for them, these days.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear CreatePerfection,

Think about the uprisings in the Mideast every day. They came about not necessarily because the people wanted 'freedom', but because the people are tired of being hungry and poor. They want food and jobs. They know that the ruling class has taken all the money. When too many in a country are poor and starving, you have a disaster waiting in the wings. It is a dangerous game they are playing.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

i'm 54 and i'm furious. medicare spends only 1% of its budget on overhead. no private insurance does nearly that well. if we privatize medicare, health care costs as % of GDP will soar.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Doc,

If this goes into effect, I am sure that it will take until you are 55 for it to happen. How sick is it that we are having to panic and calculate how old we will be when and if this bill passes? God, it makes me want to vomit! Sorry, but WTF? I have been calling and emailing every GOP rep in the country protesting this. You know what will happen as well as I do. Those unlucky enough to be 54 WILL be sentenced to an early death. Not an irrational statement, reality! Just living to be 65 is a pre-existing condition-my opinion only- as a doctor(I know that you don't practice, but once a doc, always a doc), you may agree. I am interested in your feeling on that.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

i don't understand the question. being 65 is a risk factor for many illnesses if that's what you mean.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

i have 3 younger sisters, one of whom is on dialysis. now THAT'S expensive. just because i might make the cut, i'm not relieved.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear CathyLynn,

The first comment regarding what I meant was exactly the answer I thought you would give. There is no insurance company in this country that ignores age as a pre-requisite to issuance of a policy. Being 65 is a risk factor for many illnesses, so in effect, being 65 becomes a pre-existing condition to coverage. Policies for a 65 year old, even a currently healthy 65 year old, are priced based on the risk factors.

I am not relieved either. This whole thing disturbs me more than you know. I have looked at the Ryan plan and as far as I see, there are no special provisions that are available for your sister. As far as I know, this is what makes the Path a horror, because its very design is to hurt the poor, elderly and disabled. Ryan talks about self-reliance, that the current system provides a hammock to people so they don't have to work, etc. All disguised as so good for the country.

Medicaid under Ryan's plan would turn into block grants, given to states to use how they see fit. The plan would not even require that they use the funds to provide health care. For example, if the state of Utah decided that some of their Medicaid funding would be better spent on booklets, pamphlets, health education presentations, etc., rather than direct treatment of patients, they would have the freedom to do so.

This plan was written by someone who lacks compassion and should be vigorously opposed. If you read the Path, I suggest reading the CBO analysis of it, also. Ryan uses his words and charts to try to convince, but much of his info comes from the Heritage Foundation and after the Path was published, they redacted their charts because their info was wrong- For example, Ryan says his plan will grow jobs by 1 million the first year--the CBO says the plan will cost 1.7 million jobs the first year.

Have to get off my soap box now- I worry for those who will come after me- no comfort taken in the fact that I am 57. None at all... Not to mention that he wants to cut the EPA, FEMA, etc.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

just emailed mike kelly, my congressman and begged him not to support vouchers as replacement for Medicare. gave him the info on how efficient medicare is. reminded him that US taxes are low compared to most other developed countries. we don't need less taxes. we need services. we'll see how he answers.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear CathyLynn,

Hope everyone sends emails, letters and makes phone calls. It doesn't take much time- interested to find out what your rep says to you- he does support Ryan's plan- found this- http://www.eriedems.com/?q=node/1237 Maybe the voters in your district can persuade him to change his mind.

There will be a huge fight in Congress over this--


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

laying it out exactly the way it is, great hub. A big rate up from me.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Thank you, LRC! I am glad that you appreciate this. We must keep attacking the bill as extremist. The more negative articles written, the more Ryan's support will decline. Besides, when you look like Eddie Munster, who can take you seriously?


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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

hahahah, my wife says that all the time (Eddie Munster). That gave me a good laugh.

I will say this, there are pieces of Ryan's bill that have some good things...however, those are only small pieces. From what I have seen and read, the whole of the bill would be destructive to the middle class in my opinion.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear LRC,

Your wife is right! Of course Ryan has some good things and we are all in agreement that cuts must be made. It is never healthy to spend without revenue, or even to spend just to spend.

I just cannot get beyond the additional tax cuts to be financed by the middle class and poor.

Please keep writing! Your article: http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Tea-is-Poisoned is one of my favorites!

I am proud to be your fan! We have to keep it up and not get discouraged- Have sent many articles to my Congressman and Senators. Suggest we all do the same!


jbuck 5 years ago

What happened to charity starts at home?. Medicare is inefficient and love,care and remedies provided by God, incorperate the word healing. FAMILIES!!!!!! Love your Mothers and Fathers. Cannot see the forest for the trees!! They really want YOU!!!


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Medicare is not charity. Beginning with your first part time job in high school, deductions are taken from your paychecks, and some of those deductions are for Medicare.

Not to be disrespectful, but last I looked, God has not given us a cure for cancer, heart disease, etc. and He certainly has not volunteered to pay any hospital or doctor bills. Medical care is necessary and since most doctors do not accept chickens or baked goods as payment for services (I have tried that route and they look at me as if I was nuts!), people must have medical care and some way to pay for it.

I took care of my mother who died of cancer and I took care of my grandmother as she was dying of heart disease. They both required medications and physicians, as well as hospitals. God never stepped in to pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Their medical 'benefits' helped defray the costs.

Finally, charity does begin at home, but to suggest that God will heal all of our sick is outrageously naive! What? Are you suggesting that anyone who gets sick and needs medical care just doesn't believe hard enough?


tom 4 years ago

Paul Ryan fan club. Forbes 500, any questions?

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