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Old May 11th, 2015, 09:19 AM   #1
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12 Ways the GOP Would Destroy the Country If They Controlled

Washington After 2016
The budget Congress just passed for next year offers a nightmarish blueprint.


12 Ways the GOP Would Destroy the Country If They Controlled Washington After 2016 | Alternet

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What would Republicans try to do if they controlled Congress and the White House after the 2016 election? It’s not a far-fetched question. The presidency has swung between the two major parties after each two-term president since 1992. The GOP’s just-passed 2016 budget in Congress may be heading for President Obama’s veto pen, but it signals what they’d do—justified by hyped fears about retiring the federal debt. In red states, social conservatives are going after abortion rights, opposing LGBT equality, and punishing welfare recipients. Meanwhile, business conservatives are following the template from the pro-corporate American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and going after unions, opposing living wages, denying climate change and more.

What follows are 12 striking examples of what GOP rule in Washington could bring.

1. Cut health insurance to 27 million people.This would be the result from repealing Obamacare and its related Medicaid expansion, as the House-Senate’s just-passed 2016 budget agreement seeks. In its first five years, Obamacare expanded coverage to 16.5 million uninsured, and expanded Medicaid in 29 states and Washington, D.C. It did that by paying start-up costs for several years and 93 percent after that. The Republicans want none of that. They do not see health care as a right, public obligation or responsibility, but a service for those who can afford it and a profit center for the private sector.

2. Impoverish health care for the poor. The GOP attack on public health care does not stop with Obamacare. Medicaid is the state-run health plan for 70 million low-income people. That includes single parents, people with disabilities, every third child in the U.S, and the elderly. It pays more for long-term care and for nursing homes than any source, according to congressional analyses. The GOP budget wants to repeal the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, cut another $500 billion from Medicaid over the next decade, and turn it into a block grant to the states. No matter how you parse it, these changes—which would play out differently in different states—would shrink options for society’s most vulnerable, worsening pressures for people already in crisis.

3. Privatize and gut senior healthcare. The GOP’s war on safety nets continues with

Medicare, the federal health plan for Americans older than 67. The GOP would turn it into a voucher program, where beneficiaries get an annual fixed payment to buy private insurance—whose costs cannot be accurately known up front, according to Congressional Budget Office studies. That means more out-of-pocket costs for seniors on fixed incomes. Because Obamacare contained a provision that lowered prescription drug costs, those too would go up. The GOP—like the Obama White House—would cut $430 billion from Medicare over the next decade, which would undermine the health care options.

4. Put Social Security on the chopping block. Despite efforts by progressive groups and growing numbers of elected Democrats to recognize a looming retirement security crisis and call for expanded payments (paid by lifting a payroll tax cap), the GOP keeps falsely saying that Social Security is driving the federal debt. They are calling for a commission to “study” its problems and propose solutions, which means future cuts. Their intentions could not be clearer. A small part of Social Security, covering people with disabilities, will run out of money next year or face benefit cuts. Instead of using money from the retirement trust as in the past, the GOP’s budget agreement says not “a penny” can be used this way. They are pretending there is a major fiscal crisis when there is not, when the government has been acting as a bank for taxpayers and holding their money. As is the case with the health care, Republicans want to dismantle or privatize the program.

5. Increase hunger for tens of million of poor. The GOP doesn’t want to confront the realities of poverty in America, which include tens of millions of children. The House Budget Committee Democrats’ analysis of the GOP budget explains that it would cut $300 billion to food stamps, “greatly reducing benefits or pushing many more people from the program.” In Kansas, the GOP went even further in revising state welfare law, which now contains lifetime benefit caps, harsh work requirements, $25-a-day limits on bank withdrawals, restrictions on where recipients can shop and buy food, background checks, ongoing drug tests, and more.
The other 7 are no better news for the country. NONE of the republican SSDD economic ideas have EVER helped out nation. They are only interested in the global idea of economics which means a few control the masses and those masses live in abject poverty.

It's all about how government can make them rich; not about getting our nation back on track to lead the world economically, educationally, with the highest standard of living. Those have all been killed by the "strip the nation of the Christian values of FDR to help the poor and start making sure the rich get richer."
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Washington After 2016
The budget Congress just passed for next year offers a nightmarish blueprint.


12 Ways the GOP Would Destroy the Country If They Controlled Washington After 2016 | Alternet



The other 7 are no better news for the country. NONE of the republican SSDD economic ideas have EVER helped out nation. They are only interested in the global idea of economics which means a few control the masses and those masses live in abject poverty.

It's all about how government can make them rich; not about getting our nation back on track to lead the world economically, educationally, with the highest standard of living. Those have all been killed by the "strip the nation of the Christian values of FDR to help the poor and start making sure the rich get richer."
So far a Democrat Congress with a KENYAN SHOESHINE BOY in the White House has already accomplished ALL of those goals.

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How does one take your article seriously when it makes this claim?

Medicare, the federal health plan for Americans older than 67.
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