Paul Ryan admits the GOP will gut Medicare and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts

A recent analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation found that the nearly $1.5 trillion tax plan will only generate around $400 billion dollars in growth, meaning it’ll actually fall $1 trillion short of breaking even.

Now, Republicans in Congress are admitting they’ll use the deficit they’re working to create to justify cutting some of the most important programs in the country. President Trump has also repeatedly promised not to cut programs like Medicare and Medicaid – though Ryan said, “We’re working with the President on the entitlements that he wants to reform, that he’s supportive of.”

What’s perhaps most insidious about these admissions is that the Republican lawmakers are also blaming poor people for their own failure as they prepare to cut programs that help the people who need it the most. Ryan suggested that the programs are “Paying people not to work.” Higgins referred to Americans who “Suffer on welfare.” Blum went so far as to say, “Sometimes we need to force people to go to work.”

These remarks are akin to the more candid comments some other lawmakers have recently made. Nearly 90 percent of working-age parents who receive food stamps are back to work within a year. Two thirds of the people who receive those benefits are children, people who have disabilities, or people too old to return to work.

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