When President Obama met with House Republican leaders he noted that Rep. Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, had put forward a “serious proposal” for controlling federal spending and balancing the federal budget. Rep. Ryan has also supported an alternative approach to health care reform, the “Patients Choice Act.” Unlike some (many?) Republicans, Rep. Ryan wants the GOP to be more than the “party of no” and wants to put forward a serious, principled policy agenda.
This past week, Ross Douthat considered whether Ryan’s proposals represent a serious alternative agenda. Liberal blogger Ezra Klein also has a very interesting interview with Ryan about his proposals for health care.