Poor Eric Cantor, GOP House Majority leader. Those mean, nasty Democrats are picking on him again. A light bulb has finally lit inside the dim craniums of House GOP members. Maybe, just maybe, Paul Ryan's 'Road to Prosperity' map is going over like a lead balloon.
True to current GOP standards, it has nothing to do with the fact that Ryan's Medicare solution of vouchers redeemable at your nearest private health insurance emporium will result in everyone over 65 with a net worth of less than a million or two praying for a quick and painless end to their lives so they can leave something to their kids.
After voting unanimously for ending Medicare as we know it House reps faced torrid town hall meetings and learned what it was like to be a Democrat rep last year during the heat of the health care reform debate.
"The reality is this president has excoriated our Medicare proposal...this president has done nothing but attack the plan," Cantor said. "That is unfortunate."
Boo-hoo. Cantor's fragile feelings were hurt. He also accused the Democrats of not offering up a plan of their own. Actually they have but facts are mere irritating inconveniences for your average Republican. Oh yes, and there is also the little matter of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) passed last year that actually took some steps to controlling spiraling health care costs which is the bigger problem. Ryan's budget doesn't even consider that. Instead the Republicans were quite happy to pass Bush's Medicare prescription act which expressly forbids the Federal government from negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies for lower pricing. That's the GOP's version of cost containment.