In a fight to the bitter end to get the Republican “health plan” passed, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has a cheerful outlook.
Ryan, who clearly has no problems with his financial situation, social status, etc., says "people are going to do what they want to do with their lives.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Sunday that he can't say how many people will lose health coverage under the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as it's "up to people" to acquire coverage "if they want it."
"The one thing I'm certain will happen is CBO will say, well, gosh, not as many people will get coverage. You know why? Because this isn't a government mandate," Ryan told ABC's John Dickerson. "You get it if you want it. That's freedom."
"How many people are going to lose coverage?" Dickerson asked.
"I can't answer that question. It's up to people," Ryan said. "People are going to do what they want to do with their lives."
Yes, people as high up in the society as he is can do what they want to do. But can the exploited half or more of the people do what they want to do? Hardly. The thing to remember is that he has always posed as a public servant doing his best to help the disadvantaged. The trouble is that all of his ideas for doing so turn out to be ideas which benefit the well-off much more.
How is this possible? People like Ryan firmly believe in the trickle-down theory: help the advantaged and something will trickle down the social ladder. It's amazing how many people believe this very strange theory, and vote accordingly.