When Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan announced his master budget plan in 2011, it was a hit with the Tea Party branch of the GOP and sort of a flop with the rest of America. Block granting Medicaid, slowly turning Medicare into a voucher program and destroying the social safety net as a whole just didn’t play that well to citizens who were struggling through one of the worst financial crises in decades.
Well, now the congressman is ready to take another swing at it, and this time, they’re trying to play “bipartisan” on Medicare.
According to Politico, the new version of the Ryan budget plan is going to look an awful lot like the 2012 version. But to try and make the “Republicans want to end Medicare” accusations go away, they are incorporating the “Ryan and Wyden” compromise put forth by Ryan and Democratic Congressman Ron Wyden. The Ryan/Wyden plan would offer a public Medicare plan and a private Medicare plan, thereby guaranteeing that wealthy seniors would get higher quality healthcare than those who need to rely on the public program.
The Democrats are unlikely to pass the new proposed budget, but it appears there will be Republican blowback as well. For those who are running to the most extreme right when it comes to fiscal conservativism, Ryan’s plan still doesn’t cut enough. According to the Washington Post, “The Club for Growth fired a warning shot Friday, arguing in a news release that any budget that fails to eliminate deficits within a decade would be ‘simply an exercise in futility.’ Ryan’s budget last year would have taken nearly 30 years to eliminate the deficit.”
Looks like we’re back to that whole “drown the government in the bathtub” goal again.
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