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  • CBO: President's ‘Framework’ Not A Serious Budget Plan
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 23, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    A recap of the stunning abdication of leadership from the President and his party’s leaders (note: it’s been 785 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget): On February 15, the President submitted his Fiscal Year 2012 budget. The disappointing proposal was roundly rejected across the political spectrum for its lack of seriousness given the fiscal and economic challenges before us. On March 18, the CBO offered a preliminary analysis of the President’s budget, noting that under the President’s ... Read more

  • Paul Ryan: To Avoid a Greece-Like Debt Crisis, Washington Needs to Spend Less, Not Tax More
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    WASHINGTON – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan co-hosted CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning to discuss the urgent need to lift the crushing burden of debt and help spur economic growth and job creation. In the following video highlights, Chairman Ryan warns of the painful consequences of the spend-and-borrow policies that drove Greece into a debt-crisis, what Washington needs to do to avoid a similar fate and how patient-centered reforms will control costs and save Medicare. The following a... Read more

  • Paul Ryan Makes the Case to Save and Strengthen Medicare
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    QUESTION FROM TOWN HALL ATTENDEE: I'm 48 years old. So, I'm in the age group that would be impacted to the changes to the Medicare program under the so-called Ryan Plan. I'm also the caretaker of an elderly parent, as is common in my age group. How can I be certain that Medicare will be affordable for me when it comes time for me to retire, especially considering I've been paying in for 30 years? PAUL RYAN: I’m the Ryan guy – so I guess I’ll answer the question. A few facts that are not in disp... Read more

  • Paul Ryan: Washington's Misguided Policies Are Making Economy Worse
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representative Paul Ryan participated in CBS News’ Town Hall with Republican Leaders. The town hall aired on the CBS’ Early Show this morning and can watched in its entirety here. In addition, Chairman Ryan’s op-ed published yesterday, Obama’s Economic Experiment Has Failed – Time to Get Back to What Works, can be read here. The following are highlights of Chairman Ryan at the CBS News’ town hall on jobs and the economy: How to Fix the Economy and Create Jobs: “I'd go in... Read more

  • President Obama’s Economic Policies Have Made Matters Worse
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    "President Obama inherited a difficult situation - no two ways about it – but what he’s done since then is to make matters worse, not better. The economic policies that the President has pushed through Congress into law have made this recovery harder to sustain itself – his policies are why we have very anemic economic growth today." "Washington’s policies over the last two years that have given us this slow economic growth: enormous tax uncertainty; enormous regulatory uncertainty because of h... Read more

  • What Paul Ryan's Critics Don't Know About Health Economics
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 3, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    It's clear that Medicare-spending growth must be curtailed and eventually limited to the growth rate of GDP—if not below. The big question now is how to do it. Unfortunately, the debate on Capitol Hill and in the media is too often fueled by partisan fear mongering instead of a thoughtful examination of the facts. Health care in America is extremely wasteful. A 2005 report by the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine found that 30-40 cents of every dollar spent on health ... Read more

  • Paul Ryan on Meet the Press: Leadership Needed to Save Medicare, Lift Debt Burden, Grow Economy
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on May 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Earlier this morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan called on policymakers to demonstrate honest leadership in addressing our nation’s greatest economic and fiscal challenges. Appearing on the program from his home state of Wisconsin, Ryan pushed back against those playing politics with the health security of America’s seniors. Instead of offering false attacks and empty promises, Ryan made the case for honest leadership and real reform. Ryan stated: “Here in ... Read more

  • Paul Ryan’s Medicare Fix
    How to improve health care and shore up the federal budget with one entitlement reform.

    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 20, 2011 | Preview rr

    Of all the sweeping reforms in Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget, none is more politically charged than the proposal to transform Medicare from what it is today — an entitlement with no spending bounds — into a “defined contribution” program with a fixed and predictable budget. “Radical.” “Extreme.” “Cruel.” “The end of Medicare as we know it.” The ink wasn’t dry on Ryan’s plan before groups in the Democratic political orbit began launching their rhetorical attacks. And don’t expect the demagoguery t... Read more

  • Paul Ryan vs. the Mythmakers
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 20, 2011 | Preview rr

    If you’ve been following the debate over the House Republican budget proposed by Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, you have probably heard that it savagely cuts programs for the poor in order to fund tax cuts for the rich, that its numbers don’t add up, and that in the short run it expands the deficits. These claims, though asserted confidently, either depend on highly contestable assumptions or are demonstrably untrue. • David Frum writes in The Week that Ryan’s “debt reduction plan actually inc... Read more

  • Paul Ryan Sets the Record Straight
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Two months ago, the President introduced an unserious budget that locks in Washington's spending spree, adds $13 trillion to the debt over the next decade, and accelerates our nation toward a fiscal crisis. His budget imposes $1.5 trillion in tax increases on job creators and American families, stifling the private-sector job creation that we urgently need. His budget commits seniors to bureaucratically rationed health care, burdens families with ever-higher taxes, and consigns our children and ... Read more