Posts Tagged ‘Rep. Paul Ryan’

  • The Rounds: The Budget Battle and Health Reform


    As the budget standoff in Washington steers us towards a government shutdown, health reform, and Obamacare in particular, has moved to the center of the debate.

    Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been featured here before as he has consistently demonstrated he is one of the few Members of Congress who is truly serious about attacking our nation’s fiscal ills. Ryan is making news again with his budget plan that puts repeal of Obamacare front and center.

    In his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Ryan addresses his approach to Medicare:

    The open-ended, blank-check nature of the Medicare subsidy threatens the solvency of this critical program and creates inexcusable levels of waste. This budget takes action where others have ducked.

    While Ryan does not discuss Obamacare in his WSJ piece, his plan clearly targets it. Michael Cannon of CATO states that:

    On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released a budget blueprint that tackles the three big health care challenges facing the federal budget — ObamaCare, Medicare and Medicaid – with a strategy of repeal, vouchers and block grants. Done properly, those steps would simultaneously improve health care and help balance the budget within a decade.

    In other news, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regulation details were released and everyone’s pouring over them. These outline how health delivery organizations must comply with Obamacare starting in 2012. It’s the details, and there’s likely many devils contained within.

    Finally, Investors Business Daily calls out AARP, which I just blogged about.

    The tax-exempt seniors group that pushed hard to get ObamaCare passed stands to reap a billion-dollar reward over the next decade as ObamaCare destroys the competition to the products it endorses.

    The long saga of Obamacare continues. Let’s hope it ultimately has a happy ending. One with repeal in it.

  • The Rounds: Rep. Ryan Keeps Busy


    Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been busy putting forth detailed proposals, including his Roadmap for America’s Future [pdf] for tackling our nation’s daunting budget and debt challenges, and he garners more coverage today.

    On Charlie Rose, Rep. Ryan discusses how our nation must deal with health care to “Preemt Debt Crisis”. A shorter clip is up on RealClearPolitics with transcripts.

    Elsewhere, Rep. Ryan has teamed up with economist and former Clinton administration budget director Alice Rivlin to propose the “Ryan-Rivlin” plan, which builds off of Ryan’s Roadmap and aims to tackle the looming budget busting problems with Medicare and Medicaid. James Capretta has a post up about the plan at the Foundry (Heritage Foundation).

    “Of the GAO’s unfunded liability figure, which is a $76 trillion figure, almost all of that is health care. You cannot preempt a debt crisis, get this fiscal house in order without dealing with health care, and I do not believe that this health care law does that.”

    – Rep. Paul Ryan