As it has been for the last three years, the Republican party is focusing much of their energy on repealing President Obama's landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act. One of the leading voices in the opposition against health care reform is Republican congressman, Paul Ryan.
During an interview on ABC's This Week, the House Budget Committee Chairman and possible vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan, continued the Republican onslaught against health care reform. Before the interview, Victoria Kennedy, the widow of former Massachusetts senator, Ted Kennedy, was interviewed and noted that health care reform "was the cause" of Ted Kennedy's life and that he believed that affordable health care was a "fundamental right and not a privilege." Like many other conservatives, Paul Ryan disagrees, stating that rights come from "God" and not the federal government.
"What Ms. Kennedy and others were saying is that this is a new government-granted right. We disagree with the notion that our rights come from government, that the government can now grant us and define our rights. Those are ours, they come from nature and God, according to the Declaration of Independence."
Paul Ryan is best known for his "Ryan" budget plan, which among other things, ends the Medicareprogram as most Americans know it today. One of the main elements of the Ryan budget is to shift Medicare into the private sector, giving seniors vouchers to purchase private health care, driving premium costs up and increasing the profits of insurance companies. According to a report from the Center for American Progress, under the Ryan budget plan, seniors could be paying an additional $1,200 a year for insurance by 2030 and nearly $6,000 more by 2050.
After the Supreme Court, led by conservative Chef Justice, John Roberts, ruled that the entireAffordable Care Act was constitutional, it took everyone, especially Republicans by surprise. Republicans say they want to "repeal and replace" what they call "Obamacare," but they have offered nothing to put in its place. If nothing is what Republicans have to offer, the American people just can't afford it.