Paul Ryan Drinking out of a Keg

Paul Ryan preaches anti-Christian doctrine. One more American [anti]Christian politician out to harm the meek.

LOWRY: You have been very clear for years, and we’ve seen compelling Powerpoint presentations about how the entitlements — entitlements growing out of control, is driving the country into a ditch on the debt.

RYAN: Yes.

LOWRY: And we have a President of the United States who basically seems pledged not to touch entitlements. Where does that leave us?

RYAN: So, the health care entitlements are the big, big, big drivers of our debt. There are three: Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare. Two out of three are going through Congress right now. Two — so, Medicaid, sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking out of a keg.

LOWRY: [to audience] I was thinking about something else. He was thinking about reforming Medicaid.

RYAN: I was, I was! I’ve been thinking about this a long time.


So, just how much are we spending on these programs?

Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and marketplace subsidies: Four health insurance programs — Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace subsidies — together accounted for 25 percent of the budget in 2015, or $938 billion.

Nearly two-thirds of this amount, or $546 billion, went to Medicare, which provides health coverage to around 55 million people who are over age 65 or have disabilities.

The rest of this category funds Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA subsidy and exchange costs.  In a typical month, Medicaid and CHIP provide health care or long-term care to about 72 million low-income children, parents, elderly people, and people with disabilities. (Both Medicaid and CHIP require matching payments from the states.)  In 2015, 8 million of the 11 million people enrolled in health insurance exchanges received ACA subsidies, at an estimated cost of about $28 billion.


In 2015, these programs accounted for 25 percent of the budget. Sure, that is a significant amount but I’d say that it’s a good use of our tax dollars.

Now, the situation is complex, but from my perspective– doctors just expect too much money. They blame their greed, their sense of entitlement, on the high cost of higher education.

Check this out:


We (Americans) are up there near the very top of the list. We are big spenders. Does that mean our health is better here? No.

Now, look at this:

The U.S. spent more per person on health care than 12 other high-income nations in 2013, while seeing the lowest life expectancy and some of the worst health outcomes among this group, according to a Commonwealth Fund report out today. The analysis shows that in the U.S., which spent an average of $9,086 per person annually, life expectancy was 78.8 years. Switzerland, the second-highest-spending country, spent $6,325 per person and had a life expectancy of 82.9 years. Mortality rates for cancer were among the lowest in the U.S., but rates of chronic conditions, obesity, and infant mortality were higher than those abroad.

We are not healthier than countries that pay their doctors much less. We’re good at getting and curing cancer. Hooray.

It seems pretty obvious that the problem is that our doctors are greedier. Insurance companies are more evil. Crazy feedback systems. They will eventually be brought down to reality.

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