In a surprise announcement, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that he was continuing the fight against Obamacare in his capacity as House Budget Committee Chairman.
“The plan that you’re going to release Tuesday would balance the budget in 10- years, not 25 years like your last one,” Wallace said, according to Fox News. “How do you do that? Do you have to make even tougher, deeper spending cuts?”
“Actually, not really. We always got close to balancing the budget, but never quite there.”
He went on to explain that the new Congressional Budget Office baseline makes it easier with the new revenue coming in as the result of the fiscal cliff deal made on Jan. 1.
“The point is, we think we owe the American people a balanced budget,” he said. “It leads to a healthy, growing economy that creates jobs. It’s a means to an end.”
As a means to balance the budget within 10 years, Ryan said we have to “end the raid on Medicare to pay for Obamacare.”
“All that money that was taken from Medicare was to pay for Obamacare,” he explained. “We say we’d get rid of Obamacare, we’d end the raid and we’d apply those savings to Medicare to make Medicare more solvent and extend the solvency of the Medicare trust fund.”
He went on to say he didn’t want to re-fight the fiscal cliff, “That’s current law — that’s not going to change.” He also proposed pro-growth tax reform to get the economy going.
Three more minutes into the interview, Ryan again stated his his intent to shelve Obamacare.
“By repealing Obamacare and the Medicaid expansions that haven’t occurred yet, we are basically preventing the explosion of a program that is already failing.”
Then the impact of Ryan’s words finally hit Wallace. “That’s not going to happen,” he said.
“We believe it should,” Ryan fired back. “That’s the point. This is what budgeting is all about. It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems. We believe ‘ObamaCare’ is a program that will not work.
Is Ryan merely tilting at windmills, or does he have a real chance — one last shot at defunding a program that fewer and fewer Americans trust?
Read more at The Hill and watch the entire interview below.
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