Rep. Ryan Presents Roadmap for a Sustainable Fiscal Future

Stephen Keen /

Our nation is on an unsustainable fiscal course. The three major entitlements – Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid – alone are set to eclipse historical tax levels by 2052 and a realistic assessment of the Congressional Budget Office baseline shows the government piling on an additional $13 trillion over the next ten years.

The time for pointing out the existence of a problem is over. Both Democrats and Republicans now agree entitlement reform must be a top priority. The question now is what exactly the inevitable reform will include. Specifically, does Congress drastically raise taxes and allow spending to skyrocket or do they maintain spending and revenue at historical levels?

This afternoon Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), along with several other House Republicans, held a press conference presenting the updated “Roadmap for America’s Future.” The bill, introduced today, would return the nation to a sustainable fiscal path without raising taxes. The proposal, which has been scored by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office accomplishes this by focusing on four specific areas for reform:

First, the Roadmap would give universal access to health care by providing a substantial tax credit to enable individuals to purchase their own insurance, allowing for the purchase of insurance across state lines and creating state-based high risk pools to provide those with pre-existing conditions affordable health care options. (more…)