Ryan responds to criticism over op-ed
October 9th, 2013
04:17 PM ET
10 months ago

Ryan responds to criticism over op-ed

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan responded Wednesday to conservative critics who chastised his Wall Street Journal opinion piece on fixing the shutdown-debt ceiling dilemma.

What was their beef? He didn't mention Obamacare, the prime target of GOP ire in the recent shutdown showdown.

Nevertheless, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and House Budget Committee chairman pledged Wednesday to continue trying to chisel away at the president's signature health care law.

"We're going to keep going after Obamacare," he said on Bill Bennett's radio show. "I'm totally committed to dismantling this law."

The congressman from Wisconsin argued that Obamacare is part of the entitlement programs that he wants to reform.

"It's doing so much damage to the country," he said. "It's just terrible."

Read more about the backlash Ryan faced over his opinion piece.


Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Health care • Paul Ryan
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, I thought they were upset because there were not enough pictures.

    October 9, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. granny4life

    How can it cause such damage when it has not been implimented

    October 9, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies......

    October 9, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. 1twinsfan

    Yes, the uninsured having health insurance is such a national catastrophe. My neighbor, the independent contractor, no longer has to go without healthcare Just who does he think he is?!?

    October 9, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I say, cut off all federal aid to any teaparty district, just like these teabafoon GOP idiots are trying to do to the federal government , and don't reinsate it until after the 2014 midterm elections , let them starve like their trying to do to all of us!!!!

    October 9, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "We're going to keep going after Obamacare," he said on Bill Bennett's radio show. "I'm totally committed to dismantling this law."
    ----------------------------------------------–
    And WE THE PEOPLE are totally committed to removing Tea Queda republicans from Congress.

    October 9, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Not as much damage is your stupid loon GOP teabafoon party of stupid is doing NOW, IDIOT , any GOP hooked up with the tea trash will be out of a job after 2014 midterms, YOU DONT HAVE THE VOTES!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. rs

    Seeing as there is no logical or rational link between the ACA and the Debt Limit one does have to wonder why the GOP got so insanely fixated.
    The ACA is just the GOP's Moby Dick.

    October 9, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. RomneyWho

    Hey, is that lying Ryan? :(

    October 9, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Winston Smith

    We live in very trying times. The one's among us that claim to be the intellectuals seem to look over the fact that corporate America, is urinating on their head, neck and shoulder area, and swear up and down it's nothing more than rain. And the republicans have been the ones letting it happen, and encourage the behavior. WAKE UP.

    October 9, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    "We're going to keep going after Obamacare," he said on Bill Bennett's radio show.

    Great. Go for it Ryan. America is all about argument, dissent, changing laws, balance, voting and negotiation. But next time do it by the DUE PROCESS that is supposed to be followed. No hostage-taking.

    October 9, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    The Repub. Gods called him out on his SIN.

    October 9, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    P.S.-he has since repented.

    October 9, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. 2020

    This Ryan Empire was seen as ractical, now he is seen "savior". the whole bunch of crook.

    October 9, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    He was also totally committed to becoming vice president. Keep score 0/2.

    October 9, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. deee510

    This really shows their character.theyll let people starve and the country go broke to not have health care for americans?who in their right minds are supporting these people but the billionaires?wake up

    October 9, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. adam

    he is gonna keep fighting to dismantle it. does that mean we have more shutdowns to come. we better never vote for this guy again

    October 9, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Hillary

    Well, Duh, his strategy of bashing The Affordable Care Act failed before, so?

    October 9, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. JC55

    What damage?

    October 9, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Name one thing that is free in this country, and I'll show you it is not and someone paid for it one way or another.

    October 9, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The congressman from Wisconsin argued that Obamacare is part of the entitlement programs that he wants to reform.

    "It's doing so much damage to the country," he said. "It's just terrible."
    -------------------------------------------------
    I know.
    My cousins who are self-employed can now purchase affordable health insurance, which means that they can get sick and seek treatment without going broke.
    It just sucks.

    October 9, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Data Driven

    Ryan: "I'm totally committed to dismantling this law"

    See, he tried to avoid saying this in his op-ed, thinking no one would notice. He knows that in 3 years time he might have to explain these comments away about a law that'll be popular.

    Live with the rebels, die with the rebels, Paul. They won't let you be the reasonable conservative. Anyway, you forfeited any claim to such a long time ago.

    October 9, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. art4u2

    With a kidney transplant try getting health insurance. The t baggers can't think past the next dollar and book deal.

    October 9, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Tom

    In a nutshell this defines the dilemma facing the Republican party. They either have to go all-in with the Tea Party and accept the consequences, or they have to break with the Tea Party and start to behave like responsible people. I don't think there is any middle ground here. It's one option or the other. Being the party that hates Obamacare seems to be a losing strategy beyond gerrymandered Republican Congressional districts. There aren't enough Tea Party supporters to win statewide and national elections. So it's either support a message that thrills a minority of voters or develop a new strategy that has broader appeal but will likely enrage the Tea Party.

    October 9, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Who is Ryan trying to fool? He'll be lucky to keep his fat government paycheck after Nov. 2104.

    October 9, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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