The Real Harm of the Ryan Republican Budget

Today, Speaker Boehner tried to shine up the Ryan Republican budget by claiming it would benefit American workers in six ways.  The very short list was long on vague messaging and lacking in concrete facts.

Here are just some of the real ways the Ryan Republican Budget would harm American families:

Destroys American jobs.

Gives millionaires an average tax cut of at least $200,000 while raising taxes on middle class families by at least $2,000.

Would result in 40 million more uninsured people – repealing ACA and Medicaid expansion as well as dramatically reducing funding for (and later block-granting) Medicaid.

Ends Medicare as we know it by turning it into a privatized voucher program

Slashes Pell Grants making college less affordable

Cuts food stamps by $137 billion over ten years – eliminating critical food assistance to those who are most in need.

Would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women and charge them more than men for the same coverage

Insurance companies would once again be allowed to deny coverage to people based on “pre-existing conditions” (including being a victim of domestic violence).

Insurance companies would once again be allowed to drop women when they get sick or become pregnant.

Eliminates free preventive health services such as cancer screenings, mammograms and immunizations

Eliminates free well-baby visits

Reopens the Medicare prescription drug gap in coverage (the donut hole)

Eliminates free annual wellness visits for Medicare beneficiaries

Young adults would no longer be allowed to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26 

Insurance companies would again be able to cap services with lifetime and yearly limits

Eliminates tax breaks to small businesses that enabled owners to provide health insurance to their workers – many for the first time

Slashes funding for libraries in communities across the country