Paul Ryan, in an effort to distance himself from his not entirely deserved image as a geronticidal, wheelchair-pushing madman, campaigned today in Florida with his mother Betty. He delivered a speech clarifying his values, and how they inform his decision to ruin healthcare for everyone given the opportunity.
“I love my mother. I’ve learned one thing from watching her grow older down here in Florida when Janna, the kids and I visit once every three years. What I’ve learned is that the best gift you can give someone is dignity.
I love all seniors, so I want to give them the opportunity to avoid the indignities of prolonged hospital stays, mind-numbing drugs, and any other sort of medical intervention that would just prolong a life in which you’re no longer a useful member of society. I love seniors, and that’s why I want to save Medicare by gutting the programs and putting the remaining funding in the hands of profiteering corporations.
I know that all of you would rather your children and their children have the joy of lower taxes on the wealthiest Americans than for you to be able to afford prescription medicines. I’m sure it’s what my mother would have wanted if I had bothered to ask her. But I didn’t, because her opinion only matters to me once every four years in the beginning of November. And I love each and every one of you as much as I love her.
Also, Death Panels. Yup, I think so little of you I’m going to talk about death panels.”