Offering a sneak preview of the 2014 budget he will propose this week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on the TV program Fox News Sunday that his fiscal plan—similar to his fiscal 2012 and 2013 blueprints—will promote repealing the 2010 healthcare law and transforming Medicare into a premium-support system.
After Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace confirmed with Ryan that the House GOP plan again assumes overturning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Wallace told Ryan: "That's not going to happen." Ryan didn't flinch when he replied that House Republicans think that it should.
"We believe Obamacare will actually lead to hospitals and doctors and healthcare providers turning people away," Ryan said. "It's a program that basically puts Medicare under the control of 15 people on a board that will determine what kind of benefits people get. That's a rationing board however you slice it," he continued, referring to the law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, which the law created as a backstop measure to control the per-capita growth rate in Medicare.