Ryan responds to criticism over op-ed
October 9th, 2013
04:17 PM ET
5 years 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. Sniffit

    "How can it cause such damage when it has not been implemented"

    Same way the apocalyptic default on the nation's debts was all Obama's fault and exactly the leverage needed to force Obama to destroy his own signature legislative accomplishment, but is now not a big deal and won't cause any problems whatsoever and so you should stop worrying about all of Obama's scary talk about economic collapse.

    October 9, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Name carl

    The REPUBLICANS and TEABAGGERS have lost
    thier minds. Throw the GOP out in 2014

    October 9, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Ryan has been quiet lately. Rats tend to move about in the dark. Shine a bright light on something like the shutdown and they retreat back into the darkness like a good rat should.

    October 9, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. luke,az

    Lie'n Ryan is staying out of the limelight. He knows the antics of the tea party Taliban is a losing strategy. He thinks he's going to run for President in 2016. His party is a dying party. The mascot should be a mastodon.

    October 9, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Sure Paulie,... Maybe after forty plus times voting to repeal it, the next one will succeed. Probably as well as making sure Obama was a one term President. Committed? I think you guys should be...

    October 9, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. g

    republican plan -to bad you don,t have health care sign on the dotted line .

    October 9, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. BainsName

    This is pretty bad luck for American people and worst for republicans and less worst for democrates

    October 9, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. BainsName

    It's pretty bad for repblicans

    October 9, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Haney

    Ryan says,“It’s doing so much damage to the country,” he said. “It’s just terrible

    What damage? Who has suffered any damage? Are people so stupid that all you have to do is repeat something to make them believe it.

    October 9, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Anthony in California

    They cant even agree amongst their own party. TeaParty is toast...

    October 9, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Of course he didn't mention Obamacare. His beef has always been with the "entitlements" his own family had to use after his father's death.

    October 9, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    So. You got ACA huh? You like to drink. You wind up with liver damage, and flip a $40,000 medical bill for a hospital and doctor expenses, leaving us (the work force) to foot the bill in taxes and increased premiums (not ACA), cause you don't have the will to put down the bottle....BULL!!! DO NOT EVEN GO THERE.

    October 9, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. donbow

    The problem is look how much confusion and money we have already spent on it with no-one getting better healthcare except the people who pay nothing into it. nice failure of a program, it raised our private insurance so much we had to cancel it and do without.

    October 9, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. jim infl

    Tea party will be history in 2014. people beginning to see what they are all about. thank God

    October 9, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. dianna siggers

    I think this has gone far enough a little too far we should not be having a government shutdown because the people elected by us can not agree on things. Also why should us americans have to suffer and worry about how we are going to pay are bills if our government can't agree on things. well that is not fair to us. So maybe we should take the pay they are making while the play games with americians and us as pawns to threaten each other. Maybe we should fire all of them and put new people in their place They forget who put them their so why use us or plays us as a pawn or whatever.

    October 9, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Hillary

    I'm sure he mentioned his delusional friend Romoney.

    October 9, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. S. B. Stein

    I think that if Ryan can leave out mentioning Obama care for now, that should be a sign for the other Republicans should back off for the moment to get the budget and debt ceiling stalling.

    October 9, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. RJ

    Obama's presidency is full of scandal and Obamacare is no different. Sure, there's 5% decent ideas in the bill, all of which could have been done without the mandates and massive cost. But hey, that's not what liberals are all about. They want pain to be felt across it's citizens. Who cares if other families pay 2 to 5 times what they did before? Their response "Healthcare always goes up". But they dont talk about the percentages, because that doesnt fit their agenda. Who cares if they force people out of full time jobs?Who cares if companies drop their spouses because the costs are raised too high? Liberals only seem to care about what they can get out of someone else... Fix the real problem? nah, that's not going to give them an entitlement society now is it?

    October 9, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. roro

    The worst thing about these Repuglicans and their hostage-taking is that they're only just warming up. Their real goals are the destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They'll give in on the ACA, and then expect their real goals to be offered in return. No way. Democrats stay strong!!!

    October 9, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Catmandew

    I don't know but if you are self employed and can't afford health insurance you aren't making enough money! I checked Obamacare rates in my state and they are about 38% higher than my present BCBS plan is and have almost 250% higher deductible. And BCBS says my plan won't meet Obamacare criteria so I guess I will have to pay the fine.

    October 9, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. Catmandew

    The uninsured having health insurance. They will still have to pay for health insurance so how does this law give them health insurance? It doesn't all it does is line the broke DNC's pockets and get government more involved in our lives which we don't need! I take care of myself pay my taxes and obey the ever more intrusive laws. This is ludicrous, we don't need nannies or the government to think for us. They keep thinking for us and eventually they'll tell us what to think then its over!

    October 9, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. w l jones

    It is no longer Obamacare but healthcare provider who during what they do best and that is keeping the American people healthy.Back in the days they said conservative meant nothing in nothing out and liberal mean a person have some knowledge of every subject known to modern man.Bless.

    October 9, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. Teresa

    “Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills.” Senator Obama to President Bush.
    “It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is ‘‘trillion’’ with a ‘‘T.’’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers.” Senator Obama to President Bush.

    What happened to then senator Obama patriotism and burden to our children and NO to debt ceiling?

    I'm independent voter but Republicans and Bohner have my thumb up -first time in a long haul.
    According to the president – First -no negotiation on Obamacare; Second no negotiation on debt ceiling. DON'T BE LESS PATRIOTIC AS WAS SENATOR OBAMA!!!!

    October 9, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. Michael Benjamin

    He learned from Romney the art of flip-flopping.

    October 10, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Raj

    It's like he was coming closer to expressing a rational approach, and then some conservatives started bashing him and realized it was duty to act completely insane.

    October 10, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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