Speaker Paul Ryan, a man who literally fantasized about cutting health benefits for poor people during his college keg parties, had spent the Obama years rallying his fellow Republican lawmakers around a singularly cruel agenda.
A year ago, Obamacare repeal seemed like a near certainty, as did deep cuts to health programs created in the mid-1960s. Republicans planned to cut Medicaid by as much as 50 percent in the first decade – then gradually phase it out entirely. Ryan’s budget sought deep cuts to food stamps. There’s always a risk, whenever Republicans control the government, that Social Security will be privatized as well.
It is important not to minimize just how much Trump and the Republican Congress have done to disfigure the United States into a meaner, less welcoming nation.