...congressional Republicans have targeted Medicare with a plan that would end the current health program for the elderly and replace it with a scheme that would give subsidies to senior citizens who would then have to sign up for health insurance from private industry, which has proven itself far less efficient in providing health care than the government.
That's right! A government-run healthcare system is more efficient than a private system. We went all through this debate about which is better before Obamacare was voted upon. We were all told correctly that removing the huge layer of "profit" for the corporate leeches would save the taxpayers tens of billions, even trillions over the decades. Medicare delivers the same and better care for at least 10% less.
The US healthcare system has had the largest mark-up of all the industrialized nations of the world for decades. That's been a huge drain and competitive disadvantage, yet moron, minion, dupe capitalists want to maintain and even increase their own disadvantage while lining the pockets of the corporate executives who even bilk their shareholders.
...the hypocrisy of free-market heroine Ayn Rand, whom Rep. Ryan has cited as his political inspiration. In her influential writings, Rand ranted against social programs that enabled the "parasites" among the middle-class and the poor to sap the strength from the admirable rich, but she secretly accepted the benefits of Medicare after she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
A two-pack-a-day smoker, Rand had denied the medical science about the dangers of cigarettes, much as her acolytes today reject the science of global warming. However, when she developed lung cancer, she connived to have Evva Pryor, an employee of Rand's law firm, arrange Social Security and Medicare benefits for Ann O'Connor, Ayn Rand using her husband's last name.
In 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand, Scott McConnell, founder of the Ayn Rand Institute's media department, quoted Pryor as saying: "Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out."
So, when push came to shove, even Ayn Rand wasn't above getting help from the "despised government." However, her followers, including Rep. Ryan, now want to strip those guaranteed benefits from other Americans of more modest means than Ayn Rand.