Well, it happened. Paul Ryan actually allowed a poor person to testify at one of his sham “poverty hearings,” and we’re pretty sure that he’s not ever going to do that again.
On Wednesday, Tiana Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider who supports three children on just $10.80 an hour, was allowed to speak before the House Budget Committee about her experiences. Surprisingly, given his incredibly racist comments in the past, the person he allowed to speak was of darker hue.
When asked how the Affordable Care Act impacted her family, she explained that the ACA has allowed her to receive adequate medical assistance. Her children were covered, of course, but now her family has adequate medical insurance through Obamacare.
She explained that, while she and her husband are both working, they still struggle to adequately provide for their children. “We’re always trying to climb up,” she said. “There’s a constant climb […] It’s not something that we choose to do.” She explained that her husband wants to go back to school, as does she. They want full-time jobs, but are unable to find them. “Just because you can obtain a job, and you have two people in your household like me that are working. That doesn’t mean that everything is solved. That doesn’t mean that you don’t still need assistance.”
Watch some highlights from the hearing, below. You won’t regret it, but Paul Ryan does.: