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    The Ryan Budget

    by Former Representative Colleen W. Hanabusa

    Posted on 2013-03-14

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    HANABUSA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. HANABUSA. Mr. Speaker, the Republican budget, sometimes called the ``Ryan budget,'' also called the ``path to prosperity,'' is really more of the same, more of the same that we've seen for the past 3 years. The only difference is it's worse. The budget is supposed to be the blueprint and is supposed to set forth the philosophy and the policy of the majority; but look at some of the problems. There are many of them, but let's concentrate on seniors. Let's see how it affects them.

    The voucher is back. It means Medicare costs are going to rise. There is no closing of the doughnut hole anymore for your prescription drugs because ObamaCare is repealed, and we're going to lose $810 billion in Medicaid, which is a cut of one-third, two-thirds of which go to the disabled and seniors. The irony is that the majority says it repeals ObamaCare; yet it keeps $716 billion in Medicare savings and all revenues from ObamaCare for a total of $1 trillion. So $2 trillion of its balancing the so-called budget is on the backs of ObamaCare--the ObamaCare that it says it repeals.

    This cannot be what this body wants to be identified with--a path to nowhere.


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