Paul Ryan on Simpson-Bowles
Congressman Ryan was one of the members of the panel that voted on the Simpson-Bowles plan. In the end, he voted against supporting the plan. Whe asked why he did not support it, he stated that the plan did not address health care or major entitlement reform and that therefore it would not address the real problems in the deficit. He argued that instituting the plan when it did not deal with the real problems would move the country into a complacent mood where the population may believe that the real problems are addressed when they are not.
Georgetown Policy Discussion
In May of 2012, Congressman Ryan participated in a discussion at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. When asked about why he did not vote for the plan, he noted that the plan did not address the major drivers of the debt. (Remarks at 6:00)
Question: We're facing a trillion dollar deficit ... something needs to be done ... the Bowles-Simpson plan that you talked about gave a model for both Democrats and Republicans. You were a member of that committee, but you didn't vote for the plan. What parts of the plan didn't you like and why didn't you vote for it?
Congressman Ryan: I have great respect for Alan and for Erskine. They're just great people. It didn't fix the problem. I didn't want to look my constituents in the eye and tell them that I just voted for a plan that fixed the problem when I know in my heart that it didn't fix the problem.
You cannot prevent a debt crisis in this country if you don't deal with the health care entitlement programs. t doesn't deal with the health care entitlement programs.
Alice Rivelin and I offered an amendment to Simpson-Bowles, they called it the Rivelin-Ryan plan, which was rejected, which attempted to deal with Medicare reform and Medicaid reform. Those ideas were rejected.
So, you literally ... What I was worried about is that we would pass a plan that would lead the country into a false sense of complacency thinking that we had fixed the problem only to know that a couple of more years down the road, we're gonna have a debt crisis because we didn't attack the root cause of the drivers's of our debt which are these health care entitlements.
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