A widening split within the GOP is splitting the party apart as it struggles to deal with increasing criticism of the proposed Medicare overhaul plan.
Congressman Paul Ryan, architect of the plan that proposes deep cuts in the health care program for seniors, is on the defensive, trying to defend his plan while members of his own party distance themselves from it.
Leading the charge against Ryan is Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who says Ryan’s plan is “radical” and “right-wing social engineering.”
Ryan, in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, fired back, claiming Gingrich is “missing the mark.”
“I hardly think it’s anything radical,” Ryan said in his speech. “It’s basically common sense and using solutions that have proven to work, that have been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past, and more importantly, according to the budget experts, it saves Medicare.”
But Gingrich isn’t the only Republican who has problem with Ryan and his plan. Many GOP members of Congress face increasing voter anger over the plan that would convert Medicare from a fee for service system into a program of vouchers that seniors would use to buy subsidized health insurance from private companies.
Polls show widespread unhappiness with Republicans over proposed changes to Medicare and other budget proposals from the party of the elephant.
- TRENDING: Gingrich separates himself from GOP on Medicare? (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Rep. Paul Ryan whines about Gingrich calling his Budget ‘Right Wing Social Engineering” (crooksandliars.com)
- Ryan Hits Back at Gingrich (politicalwire.com)
- Newt Gingrich: Ryan Medicare Plan Is ‘Too Big A Jump’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gingrich Waffles on Ryan Medicare Plan (blogs.abcnews.com)