Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson Blasts Paul Ryan And His Deadly Budget Plan (VIDEO)

Rep. Alan Grayson takes on Paul Ryan; image @TheRawStory.com

Rep. Alan Grayson takes on Paul Ryan; image @TheRawStory.com

Republican congressman and former Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan introduced his budget plan earlier this week. The plan, of course, is nothing new and consists of the same tired ideas the American people rejected this past November when they re-elected President Obama by an overwhelming margin.

Ryan’s plan includes massive slashes to Medicaid and food stamps programs that benefit the poor and the sick, and is yet another Republican attempt to privatize Medicare and turn it into a coupon program that would threaten the level of care senior citizens rely on. The Republican budget also includes the repeal of Obamacare, which was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court and provides health care coverage to millions of Americans who previously didn’t have insurance or couldn’t afford it.

Ryan’s budget plan has been rejected time and time again because it threatens to destroy the programs Americans need the most, all while giving tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. The plan is certain to be rejected by Democrats but Republicans insist on bringing it up again anyway.


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Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, however, understands precisely what Ryan is saying to Americans through his budget plan and he made that clear on Current TV on Tuesday.

During the interview, the outspoken and brutally honest Florida congressman slammed Paul Ryan for crafting a budget that basically sends a message that poor and sick Americans should just drop dead. From The Raw Story:

“In one case after another, you look at his principles, you look at his vision, and they’re a nightmare for America,” Grayson said. “He wants Americans to work until they die, he wants poor people who get sick not be able to see a doctor, not to get the care they need, not to get better, he wants them to die, and he wants an America that consists of nothing but cheap labor for his corporate patrons.”

Here’s the video:

Republicans have consistently been under fire for calling for raising the retirement age from 65 to 70, which means Americans would have far less time to enjoy retirement. And that’s important, considering the U.S. has the lowest life expectancy among wealthy nations. The biggest reason why Americans have such a low life expectancy is because our healthcare system is ranked very low among other developed nations, despite the fact that we spend more as a nation on health care than anywhere else on Earth. Cutting Medicaid, Medicare, and Obamacare would just make those rankings worse because more people would be left without the care they need.

Of course, Americans would be able to afford health care if they were paid properly and provided with the healthcare coverage they need by employers. Instead, Republicans have been trying to abolish minimum wage laws and give businesses the ability to opt out of providing health care to their workers. Meanwhile, the wealthy and corporations get massive tax breaks which they hide overseas along with trillions in profits that could all be used to pay employees more and give them better health care. This is why America has one of the largest income inequality gaps in the developed world. Only four nations, including Mexico and Chile, have larger gaps.

Grayson makes a very real point when he says that what Ryan wants is for poor and sick Americans to die. The GOP budget takes health care away from Americans while widening the income gap by giving corporations and wealthy people unneeded tax handouts. This makes people sicker and poorer at the same time. More people with less income or less assistance are hardly able to afford healthcare or proper food for themselves and their families, meaning more people starve and more people die from treatable illnesses. Add it all up and the budget spells doom for the most vulnerable in this country, namely children, the elderly, minorities, and the unemployed.

The Ryan Budget plan is simply criminal and cruel in the ways it punishes those most in need of help, while it rewards those who already make enough money to take care of themselves and their families for generations. So one can certainly see why the Ryan budget would be looked upon as a harbinger of death.