Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) faced an Orlando audience critical of his support for the plan formulated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) ending Medicare and Medicaid, as well as his backing tax cuts for the wealthy and the repeal of health care reform. The audience was outraged by Webster’s statement that seniors are not harmed by the Ryan plan. One woman with a pre-existing condition asked how she will afford insurance through Ryan’s voucher program, which will not keep pace with medical insurance costs. On another point, Webster resorted to the Republican argument that raising taxes on the wealthy will harm job creation, a connection shown to have no validity over the past decade. Another woman spoke about those on Medicaid who work yet can’t afford medical costs. Watch:
Unfortunately, Central Florida voted out the progressive Alan Grayson in favor of Webster. Naturally, Webster received support from Charles and David Koch, oil magnates and backers of right-wing causes. Webster’s reception above is similar to that encountered by Rep. Paul Ryan himself and, according to Think Progress, Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Charlie Bass (R-NH), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Robert Dold (R-IL), and Sean Duffy (R-WI). Perhaps the country is waking up to the fact that the Republican health and economic agenda is harmful to the vast majority of Americans.