• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Breaking Health Care Research: A Response to the Critics of the Ryan Roadmap

    Deficit reduction is in vogue right now thanks to the recent efforts of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, but Representative Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) “Roadmap for America’s Future Act” started it all as the first proposal to offer comprehensive solutions to the nation’s pending fiscal crisis, balancing the budget and eliminating national debt while also fixing the health care system.

    It took a long time for lawmakers and pundits to get to the thoughtful conversation on deficit reduction that the Roadmap was intended to provoke. Instead, the proposal was initially met largely with criticism. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called the Roadmap “a fraud,” saying that “Mr. Ryan isn’t offering fresh food for thought; he’s serving up leftovers from the 1990s, drenched in flimflam sauce.” Representative Louise Slaughter (D–NY) accused Ryan of trying to “phase out Medicare,” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) lamented that the Roadmap “ends Medicare as we know it.”

    In recent research, Heritage’s Robert Moffit and Kathryn Nix outline how these attacks misrepresent the solid policy ideas in the proposal. They write that Ryan’s plan is far from radical, comprised of numerous ideas for reform that have been embraced by those on both sides of the aisle—including members of the Obama Administration.

    Moffit and Nix conclude:

    Congressman Paul Ryan has produced a comprehensive proposal that would reform America’s entitlement programs, and transform and improve the financing and delivery of Americans’ health care. His proposal would reduce the deficit, put Medicare on a fiscally sustainable path, establish a long-awaited equity and efficiency in the federal tax treatment of health insurance, and improve the provision of health care for middle-class and low-income families, particularly those who today have no choice but to rely on a poorly performing Medicaid program, and will have even less choice tomorrow with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    To read more about the Roadmap, check out Moffit and Nix’s response to Ryan’s critics here.

    Posted in Economics [slideshow_deploy]

    One Response to Breaking Health Care Research: A Response to the Critics of the Ryan Roadmap

    1. Pingback: Tweets that mention The Foundry: Conservative Policy News. -- Topsy.com

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.