Delusional Paul Ryan Bases New Budget on Repealing Obamacare


Oh man, this is too much!

Paul Ryan appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace today and admitted to that the new “Ryan Plan” budget is based on the assumption that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed along with the planned Medicaid expansion.

Here’s the transcript of the interview.

Ryan explains that he plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program and Medicaid, food stamps, and “49 different job training programs spread across nine different government agencies” into block grants and let the states decide what to do with the money. Wallace had some questions.

Let me ask you about a couple of the specific cuts that you made last year, and tell me if they’re not in the new budget — I assume that they are. You cut Medicaid by $770 billion, over the next 10 years. You cut $134 billion from food stamps. You cut $166 billion from education, training and social services.


WALLACE: Can you honestly say by turning Medicaid into a block grant and giving it to the states that you can cut $770 billion —

RYAN: Yes.

WALLACE: — out of that program, over the next 10 years, and that’s going to have no impact on legitimate recipients?

RYAN: These are increases that have not come yet. So, by repealing Obamacare, and the Medicaid expansions which haven’t occurred yet, we are basically preventing an explosion of a program that is already failing.

So, we’re saying don’t grow this program through Obamacare because it doesn’t work. Prevent that growth from going because it’s not going to work, it’s going to hurt people who are trying to help, it’s going to hurt hospitals and states and, give the states the tools that they are asking for.

I’m kind of surprised Wallace didn’t do a Ricky Ricardo-type double take after that.

WALLACE: I’m going to pick up on this because I must say I didn’t understand it. Are you saying that as part of your budget, you would repeal, you assume the repeal of Obamacare?

RYAN: Yes.

WALLACE: Well, that’s not going to happen.

RYAN: Well, we believe it should. That’s the point. That’s what’s — but this is what budgeting is all about, Chris. It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems.

And here’s the really crazy part. Wallace points out that, you know, Obama won the election and Medicare was a huge issue during the campaign and the voters rejected the Romney/Ryan plan.

Ryan doesn’t buy it:

I would argue against your premise that we lost this issue in the campaign. We won the senior vote. I did dozens of Medicare town hall meetings in states like Florida, explaining how these are the best reforms to save the shrinking Medicare program and we are confidently this is the way to go. It has bipartisan support. It’s an idea that came from Democrats in the first place.

Wha– ?! Has this guy gone around the bend or what? Haven’t the House Republicans already tried to repeal Obamacare more than 30 times?

Here’s the video from Think Progress:


This is a completely wacko, insane, what-is-he-smoking open thread!

20 Comments on “Delusional Paul Ryan Bases New Budget on Repealing Obamacare”

  1. Riverbird says:

    I agree that Ryan has gone around the bend. Sheesh.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    BTW, Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson are both from Wisconsin. How embarrassing that must be for any intelligent Wisconsinites!

  3. HT says:

    Good grief, so voters are electing mentally ill people now? I’m not trying to be facetious but he reminds me of a person who lived next door to me for many years – George. He was a schitzophrenic and when he was on his meds was pefectly okay.When he was off all kinds of ludicrous ideas and he heard voices.

  4. List of X says:

    “We won the senior vote”. I think Ryan budget plan will fix that.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Bill Keller sits in judgment on Bradley Manning. Disgusting. The Time didn’t even reply to Manning’s offer of the leaks.

    At The Times, Manning said, he left a message on voice mail but never got a call back. It’s puzzling to me that a skilled techie capable of managing one of the most monumental leaks ever couldn’t figure out how to get an e-mail or phone message to an editor or a reporter at The Times, a feat scores of readers manage every day.

    But what if he had? What if he had succeeded in delivering his pilfered documents to The Times? What would be different, for Manning and the rest of us?

    First of all, I can say with some confidence that The Times would have done exactly what it did with the archive when it was supplied to us via WikiLeaks: assigned journalists to search for material of genuine public interest, taken pains to omit information that might get troops in the field or innocent informants killed, and published our reports with a flourish. The documents would have made news — big news.

    The Times took the Wikileaks material directly to the White House, which is why Assange wouldn’t give them any more leaks.

  6. RalphB says:

    LA Times: The five biggest lies about entitlement programs is one really good story.

  7. Fredster says:

    I did dozens of Medicare town hall meetings in states like Florida…

    Yes Paul and here’s the result of that.

    I guess those dozens of Medicare town hall meetings weren’t that effective, were they?

  8. RalphB says:

    Judge Calls Occupy Protesters The ‘Most Affable Defendants’ She’d Ever Seen

    A judge made an unusual move after a jury acquitted a dozen Occupy Philadelphia protesters of trespassing Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Judge Nina N. Wright Padilla stepped off the bench and asked all the defendants if she could shake their hands. She called them the “most affable group of defendants I’ve ever come across.”

    The Occupy defendants were arrested while protesting Wells Fargo mortgage policies they deemed “racist predatory lending,” according to the Inquirer.

    Judge knows good people when she meets them.

  9. What the hell is all this stuff about Obama and his “charm offensive” and wooing GOP and all that shit? It pisses me off, Obama is going to do what he always wanted to do, cuts to social security and medicare/caid.

  10. jawbone says:

    I think Obama drove Paul Ryan to get even more extreme and outrageous about his SocSec and Medicare budget cuts. How else can he differentiate himself from Barry’s plan?