Speaking with Chris Matthews about Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s (R-WI) plans to dismantle Medicare and Medicaid, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) first asks the essential question about all Republican schemes that call on the vulnerable to sacrifice for the wealthy. Schakowsky then questions Ryan’s program in terms of its feasibility and morality. Watch:
REP. SCHAKOWSKY: Why is he picking on old people at the same time as he’s not doing anything about tax cuts for the wealthiest, about tax breaks for oil companies and companies that are outsourcing our jobs?
…The median income for people over 65 years old in our country, it’s $19,000 a year. That is is with everything. Those are the people, and frail elderly, you’re going to send out in the market to choose among all of the health insurance companies, and then some measly amount of money is going to be sent to them, and if they don’t have enough coverage, then too bad for them? And the thing that really frosts me is that Paul Ryan says this is a moral issue. I agree with him that it’s a moral issue. Do nothing about the wealthiest and take it out on the backs of people who make a median income of $19,000 a year. It’s unconscionable and silly.