Ryan Opposes Expansion of Government-Run Health Program, Regressive Tax Hikes, and Budget Gimmicks
WASHINGTON – 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan today voted against legislation that exploits the reauthorization of a popular children’s health insurance program to expand government-run, bureaucracy-driven health care and increase already unsustainable entitlement spending. The bill would hurt working families, taxpayers, and doctors through a combination of cuts to physician-owned hospitals and tax increases to “pay” for this fiscally irresponsible proposal – although budget gimmicks hide its true cost. Without any hearings or an opportunity to offer amendments, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2 today by a vote of 289 – 139.
“Congress should be making thoughtful reforms to help insure the uninsured, lower the high cost of health coverage, and give patients the options they need to access quality care. Instead, this bill uses a children’s health insurance program as an excuse to push people from private health insurance to government health coverage, while imposing taxes on low-income Americans and eliminating new physician-owned hospitals. It essentially creates a costly new entitlement program at a time when our existing major entitlements are going broke. While I support extending the State Children’s Health Insurance Program so it can keep fulfilling its original purpose, this fiscally irresponsible bill goes far beyond this goal – doing more harm than good.”
Click the following link to watch Paul Ryan speak on the House floor: Paul Ryan on Flawed SCHIP Expansion