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Monday, March 11, 2013

Why don’t Paul Ryan’s constant reversals make him dizzy?

Talking Points Memo:

When he unveils his budget plan this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will complete a 720-degree flip on President Obama’s cuts to Medicare providers in the Affordable Care Act.

As he revealed on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan’s upcoming budget will sustain the cuts.

“We end the raid and we apply those savings to Medicare to make Medicare more solvent and extend the solvency of the Medicare trust fund,” he said.

Ryan ran for vice president last year against Obama’s cuts to Medicare, which don’t target beneficiaries but instead lower reimbursements for hospitals and private insurance companies under Medicare Advantage.

But that opposition was a reversal of his previous position. “His House-passed blueprints in 2011 and 2012 also assumed the same level of Medicare savings as the Affordable Care Act, while repealing the rest of the law,” TPM reports. Meaning he wrote those cuts into his big “courageous” Ryan budget plan thing all the GOP kids were so hot about back then.

But wait, there’s more! “But even that was a reversal after Ryan and his GOP colleagues strenuously objected to the Medicare cuts before Obamacare passed, warning as he did during the 2012 campaign that the lower provider payments would harm services for current seniors,” the report goes on.

So Paul Ryan is for it. But that was after he was against it, before he was for it, and after he was against it. Wait, is that right? I’m seriously having trouble keeping this all straight.

Given the previous Ron Johnson item, this seems to be Ridiculous Republican Boobs from Wisconsin Day. Someone keep an eye on Sean Duffy. Because if the trend continues, he’s going to fall down a well or something.

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