Ryan Plans To Push Medicare-Slashing ‘Roadmap’ On Incoming GOP Freshmen


Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) — the GOP’s top budget guy, and author of the “Roadmap for America’s Future” that suggests Congress partially privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher system — insists that his pet plan is not representative of the GOP’s official position on the fiscal future of the country. But he’s going to do all he can to make sure the incoming class of Republican House members are well versed in its conservative dogma.In an interview with the National Review, Ryan said he’d attempt to win over new GOP members with the help of a freshly minted, fully updated version of the Roadmap. “What we need to do is quickly bring them up to speed,” Ryan said, adding that “dozens” of House candidates have privately confided in him that they support the plan.

“Reinforcements are coming,” he said.

If the GOP retakes the House, Ryan is poised to chair the Budget committee, where he’d have significant influence over federal spending levels.


Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com