House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsinappeared 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 bureaucrats in charge of cutting Medicare, which will lead to denied care for seniors; the President’s health-care law takes a half-a-trillion dollars from Medicare to spend on Obamacare.
“When you actually look at what we’re proposing, we’re showing that there’s a bipartisan consensus in Congress on how to preserve the Medicare guarantee; how to save and strengthen the program. We don’t change any benefit for anyone 55 and above, and we save this guarantee for younger generations so they can actually count on it. So when the dust settles and people see actually what we’re doing - how we’re promoting bipartisan solutions – I think we’re going to be fine. I think it’s irresponsible not to [propose solutions].”
A Growing Consensus of Principled Reformers; The President’s Decision to Reject Bipartisan Solutions
“There are bipartisan leaders in Congress working together. [Oregon Senator] Ron Wyden and I are working on a plan to save and strengthen the program – to keep the Medicare guarantee for current and future seniors. What we’re showing is that there’s a consensus on how best to save Medicare. Unfortunately, the president and his party’s leaders – they’re not a part of this conversation, and that to me is very disappointing.”
No Budget? No Problem. The Senate Democrat Majority Refuses to Prioritize Spending and Tackle the Debt Threat
“Last year we passed a budget to save and strengthen health and retirement security, to pay off our debt, to grow our economy. We passed 30 bills aimed at growing the economy that are sitting in the Senate. We passed four budget process reform bills to strengthen the way we account for taxpayer money. The Senate has done nothing. The Senate, against current law, has not passed a budget in 2010, 2011, and now Senator Reid says he’s not even going to budget again in 2012. We will because the law says we will need to, but we also think we have a moral obligation to try and fix this country’s big problems before they get out of our control.”