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  • Strengthening Health and Retirement Security: A Call To Action
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    The House Budget Committee held a hearing today on the critical need to save and strengthen Medicare and Social Security. In revealing testimony, Richard Foster, Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration, provided policymakers with a clear warning on the painful consequences of inaction. For Medicare, Foster warned of restricted access to critical care if the President’s health care law is implemented as... Read more

  • Defending the Indefensible: A Tough Day for the President’s Budget
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on February 15, 2012 | Preview rr

    Earlier today, the House Budget Committee examined the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request, receiving testimony from Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients. Chairman Paul Ryan Dismantles the President’s Misleading Claims WATCH The President continues to assert that policy changes proposed in his budget will result in $4 trillion in deficit reduction. The claim is simply false. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unpacks the false claims and the gimmicks used... Read more

  • Associated Press: Obama's budget: Government still getting bigger
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on February 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    By Andrew Taylor Associated Press Taking a pass on reining in government growth, President Obama unveiled a record $3.8 trillion election-year budget plan Monday, calling for stimulus-style spending on roads and schools and tax hikes on the wealthy to help pay the costs. The ideas landed with a thud on Capitol Hill. Though the Pentagon and a number of Cabinet agencies would get squeezed, Obama would leave the spiraling growth of health care programs for the elderly and the poor largely unchecked... Read more

  • FACT CHECK: Jack Lew's Sunday Show Tour of Dodge & Deception
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on February 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    In advance of the release of the President’s FY2013 budget request, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew revealed a stunning deception with respect to the budget process. When asked why the Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for over 1,000 days, Lew – the President’s former budget director – falsely claimed on both CNN and Meet the Press that a supermajority is needed to pass a budget resolution in the U.S. Senate, and that a ‘filibuster’ is what stands in the way of Senator R... Read more

  • PAUL RYAN on ABC’s ‘This Week’: Leaders have a moral obligation to advance solutions
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on February 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin appeared on ABC’s This Week on February 12th, 2012. Below are several highlights from his interview with George Stephanopoulos: The Urgent Need to Protect the Medicare Guarantee from Bankruptcy & Board of Bureaucrats in Washington “We’re taking responsibility for dealing with the drivers of our debt. You have to remember, George, that Medicare is going bankrupt; that the President’s health-care law puts a board of 15 unaccountable bureaucrat... Read more

  • Senate Democrats’ 1000 Days of Debt and Disappointment
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on January 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Tomorrow will mark a sad milestone in the history of the United States Senate: the 1,000th day since Senate Democrats last offered a budget plan to the American people. Senate Democrats abandoned their official duty to prioritize Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars and tackle our nation’s most pressing economic challenges—dealing a painful blow to fiscal progress that may be felt for some time. This contrasts sharply with the record of the House Republicans. Last spring, the new House Majority pu... Read more

  • What Others Are Saying About the Wyden-Ryan Effort to Save and Strengthen Medicare
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Last week, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Paul Ryan unveiled a new bipartisan plan to strengthen Medicare and offer expanded health choices to all Americans. Opinion leaders from across the political spectrum were quick to hail the plan as a breakthrough that could pave the way toward saving and strengthening a critical program that millions of seniors rely on. Wall Street Journal editorial: The Wyden-Ryan Breakthough “This is an important moment because it shows that the serious entitleme... Read more

  • Capitalism and the Right to Rise
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 19, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: "The right to rise." Think about it. We talk about the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to assembly. The right to rise doesn't seem like something we should have to protect. But we do. We have to make it easier for people to do the things that allow them to rise. We have to let them compete. We need to let people fight for business. We need to let people take risks. We ne... Read more

  • Lawmakers Offer Bipartisan Plan to Overhaul Medicare
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and a Republican representative, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, unveiled a bipartisan plan on Wednesday to revamp Medicare and make a fixed federal contribution to the cost of coverage for each beneficiary. The lawmakers aim to reshape the debate over the giant health insurance program by addressing concerns that have provoked fierce opposition to similar ideas in the past. Just as important as the details of their proposal was the fact that th... Read more

  • Ryan, Wyden back a new Medicare option
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Thursday plan to introduce a new Medicare reform plan that would allow seniors to choose between traditional Medicare and new private insurance programs. The plan has some key differences from the Ryan blueprint that Republicans had rallied around earlier this year — and which Democrats had been united in pummelling in Congress and on the campaign trail as the beginning of the end of Medicare. The biggest difference is th... Read more