In the face of strong public opposition, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) backed away slightly from the House-approved budget proposal drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that would turn Medicare into a voucher program over ten years.
āIām for it,” Boehner told ABC’s Topline. “It’s our idea. Right? It’s Paul’s idea. Other people have other ideas. I’m not wedded to one single idea, but I think it’s — we have a plan.”
That’s a remarkably noncommittal attitude from the Speaker whose party took a risky vote two Fridays ago to pass the controversial measure through the House, which also slashes taxes on the wealthy while cutting trillions of dollars in government spending.
Boehner also said the plan “transforms Medicare into a plan that’s very similar to the president’s own health care bill” — the same health care bill his party has relentlessly fought to repeal.
Watch Boehner’s remarks, via ABC News.