They haven't turned a 180, but lawmakers don't sound quite as excited about Paul Ryan's plan as they once did
After supporting House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) Medicare plan almost unanimously, it sounds like House Republicans are backing away.
We've recently seen Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) clarify that she "put[s] an asterisk by my support" for the plan, saying that "how we get [to Medicare savings] is an open discussion."
And House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said this week that his panel won't do anything more with the plan, Reuters reports:
... Camp said his panel will not advance a Republican proposal to privatize Medicare for future retirees because it stands no chance of getting passed by the Democratic-led Senate. But Camp said the powerful tax-writing committee will act on any compromise reached on a deficit reduction plan. "I'm interested in finding a way forward that will get signed into law," Camp told reporters at an event sponsored by Health Affairs, a health policy journal.
House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile, offered his full-throated support after the initial vote, but a week and a half later he told ABC New he's "not wedded" to Medicare voucherization as a final solution:
"Paul Ryan has an idea that's certainly worthy of consideration in terms of how do we -- how do we do this in a more efficient way?" said Boehner, R-Ohio.
"I'm for it," Boehner continued. "It's our idea. Right? It's Paul's idea. Other people have other ideas. I'm not wedded to one single idea, but I think it's -- we have a plan."
Republicans supported Ryan's Medicare almost unanimously, passing it on April 15 in a near-party-line vote. What happened?