While the move for healthcare reform legislation continues to be under quiet discussion in the House and Senate, one Republican congressman has moved forward with a revamped bill that calls for Congress to think somewhat outside the box when it comes to healthcare reform.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a ranking member of the House Banking Committee, has reintroduced his bill, which he calls "A Roadmap to America's Future, Version 2.0."
Last Friday, when the President met with Republican congressional leaders at a retreat in Baltimore, the President—while differing with several items in Ryan's measure—did acknowledge that Ryan "has made a serious proposal" and that it has "some ideas in there that I would agree with."
With this "roadmap," Ryan suggests ways to keep Medicare and Social Security solvent. He also calls for promoting universal access to health insurance by restructuring the tax code and shifting the ownership of health coverage. This would be done by:
While the plan has provisions that are likely to run counter to current healthcare reform efforts, it has captured the attention of others in the White House, such as Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.
Orszag, speaking on Monday during the unveiling of the fiscal 2011 budget, commented that Ryan's proposal "succeeds in addressing our long-term fiscal problems—which is a significant accomplishment." Orszag said, though, that he thought the proposal shifted too much risk and costs on individuals. However, he added, "He has put forth an interesting plan."