Ryan Won’t Defend Romney’s Healthcare Law

March 2nd, 2011 at 5:32 pm | 5 Comments |

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The Weekly Standard reports:

This morning at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the American Spectator, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan talked about what he’s looking for in a Republican presidential candidate, reiterated he won’t seek the White House, and left the door wide-open to accepting a vice presidential nomination.

Ryan said that in recent weeks he’s talked to Governors Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitch Daniels, but is keeping his mind open about a potential endorsement. “I don’t really have a strong preference right now,” Ryan said of the prospective 2012 field. “I want to wait and see what these people are made of and what they’re going to talk about.”

“To me, what matters most is someone who really has conviction in their heart and mind on these core principles,” he continued. “We can’t just give it to the next person in line or [have] a personality contest. We will lose a personality contest. We will win an ideas contest.”

Asked about the Massachusetts health care plan signed into law by Mitt Romney, Ryan said, “It’s not that dissimilar to Obamacare, and you probably know I’m not a big fan of Obamacare. I just don’t think the mandates work … all the regulation they’ve put on it.”

“I haven’t studied in depth the status of it,” he continued, “but I think it’s beginning to death spiral. They’re beginning to have to look at rationing decisions. I don’t think this health care system works. That’s why I’m a believer in a consumer-based medicine, in consumer-based patient-centered reforms health care reforms.”

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  • Saladdin

    So I’m guessing Ryan will be out as Mitt’s VP choice?

    • Carney

      Despite looking like Mitt’s son or kid brother, Ryan had no chance of being picked anyway because of religion. Since Romney is Mormon and Ryan Catholic, that would mean a Protestant-free ticket for the first time ever. Romney can’t afford to thumb the evangelical base in the eye like that; he needs an evangelical running mate like Thune.

  • Crime Dog

    Health care has been debated for two years now and the GOP has yet to put forward any kind of plan. What does “consumer-based medicine, in consumer-based patient-centered reforms health care reforms” mean? It just sounds like word salad. By the time of the 2012 election it will have been about 42 months since Congress began debating reform and 30 months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed. Surely that amount of time is long enough for an alleged “economic savant” like Paul Ryan to come up with something besides vague ideas.

    And saying that you haven’t studied something in depth but damning it by claiming it’s in a “death spiral” is laughable. The health care reform plan in Massachusetts has been quite successful, with near-universal coverage and high approval rates among Bay Staters.

    • politicalfan

      Crime Dog-

      The problem with HCR is that unless a person has watched the debates. People are wondering what is in it. Fail grade on the part of describing the bill.

  • Crime Dog


    I’m not sure what you’re trying to say but if you’re claiming that the administration has done a poor job of defending and explaining the bill, I totally agree with you.