The architect of Republicans' healthcare overhaul was selected as the running mate of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Romney announced his choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, Saturday morning.
Ryan authored House Republicans' budget blueprint during each of the last two budget cycles—a blueprint that called for overhauling Medicare and Medicaid as part of a long-term plan to reduce the federal government's debt. The budget plans drew widespread attacks from Democrats for phasing in a private insurance subsidy program for future Medicare beneficiaries to replace traditional Medicare. Additionally, the House-passed budget would convert Medicaid into state grants and allow states wide latitude in redesigning the state-federal program.