Crucial GOP Chair Delivers Blow To Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan

May 5, 2011 7:26 a.m.

Already flagging in the polls and generating heat at town halls, the GOP’s Medicare plan may already be kaput after a key lawmaker indicated he won’t bring it up in his committee.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), who chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, told an audience at a Health Affairs policy breakfast Thursday morning that since the bill is already DOA in the Senate, he wouldn’t waste more time on it in the House.

“I’m not really interested in laying down more markers,” Camp said, according to The Hill. “I’d rather have the committee working with the Senate and with the president to focus on savings and reforms that can be signed into law.”

The dwindling prospects for the GOP’s Medicare plan were already in the spotlight Thursday morning after the Washington Post ran a story suggesting Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) had dropped the proposal from budget negotiations. Cantor’s office quickly pushed back, saying that he still stood by the Republican budget as the starting point for talks.

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