Ryan Roundup: Everything You Need to Know About Chairman Ryan’s Budget

Updated: Saturday, August 11, 2012

Below is a compilation of the CBPP analyses and blog posts on the budget that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposed, and the House of Representatives passed, in March. At the bottom of the compilation, we also list the Center’s analysis of the Ryan “Roadmap” budget plan.


  • Blog post: Greenstein Statement
    March 21, 2012
    “The new Ryan budget is a remarkable document — one that, for most of the past half-century, would have been outside the bounds of mainstream discussion due to its extreme nature. In essence, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse — on steroids. It would likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history and likely increase poverty and inequality more than any other budget in recent times (and possibly in the nation’s history).”

62% of Proposed Cuts in Ryan Plan Come from Low-Income Programs

  • Blog post: When Is a Deal Not a Deal?
    March 22, 2012
    With defense funding well above the Budget Control Act’s funding caps in coming years, and non-defense discretionary funding very far below those caps, the Ryan budget bears little resemblance to the bipartisan agreement reached last summer.


Millionaires Would Receive More Than One-Third of New Ryan Tax Cuts

  • Blog post: Myths on Spending, Debt, and Taxes Fuel Ryan Vision
    April 5, 2012
    Chad Stone: In my post for US News & World Report, I identify three myths about spending, debt, and taxes that conservative politicians use to justify the plan of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan — one that would set the nation on a path to end most of government other than Social Security, health care, and defense by 2050.
  • Blog post: Chairman Ryan’s Misleading Chart
    March 27, 2012
    The lead tax chart in Chairman Ryan’s budget…gives the impression that we can easily eliminate tax expenditures for the very wealthy and thereby pay for lower rates for all taxpayers — including the Ryan plan’s big reduction, to 25 percent, in the top income tax rate. The chart in question is based on data from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC). But it does not show what Chairman Ryan suggests it does, for two key reasons.

Health Care

  • Blog post: Ryan Budget Would Make Big Changes in Medicare
    March 29, 2012
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget provides much less detail than last year’s about his proposals in Medicare and other areas — too little for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to estimate their impact, as Brookings economist William Gale points out. (CBO estimated that Chairman Ryan’s Medicare proposals last year would have driven up total health care spending and doubled the out-of-pocket costs of a typical 65-year-old.)

  • Analysis: Ryan Medicaid Block Grant Would Cut Medicaid by One-Third by 2022 and More After That
    March 27, 2012
    The Medicaid block-grant proposal in the Ryan budget that the House of Representatives will vote on this week would cut federal Medicaid funding by 34 percent by 2022 (on top of repealing the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion) because the funding would no longer keep pace with health care costs or with expected Medicaid enrollment growth as the population ages and employer-based health insurance continues to erode.

Safety Net

  • Blog post: The Massive Hidden Safety-Net Cuts in Chairman Ryan’s Budget
    March 21, 2012
    A key misunderstood element of the Ryan budget is its proposed cut in spending for non-discretionary programs other than Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs. There is no way to generate the budget’s required savings without extremely severe cuts in these programs, on which the most vulnerable Americans depend.

Analysis of Ryan “Roadmap” Budget Plan of January 2010

The Ryan Budget’s Radical Priorities — Provides Largest Tax Cuts in History for Wealthy, Raises Middle Class Taxes, Ends Guaranteed Medicare, Privatizes Social Security, Erodes Health Care
The Roadmap would give the most affluent households a new round of very large, costly tax cuts by reducing income tax rates on high-income households; eliminating income taxes on capital gains, dividends, and interest; and abolishing the corporate income tax, the estate tax, and the alternative minimum tax. At the same time, the Ryan plan would raise taxes for most middle-income families, privatize a substantial portion of Social Security, eliminate the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance, end traditional Medicare and most of Medicaid, and terminate the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The plan would replace these health programs with a system of vouchers whose value would erode over time and thus would purchase health insurance that would cover fewer health care services as the years went by.

This post was last updated Thursday March 29, 2012, 9:30am
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  1. Robert Bostick #

    Here’s what Progressive should support: Elimination of the Debt Ceiling.

    The Debt Ceiling is a significant constraint on public purpose deficit spending such as programs designed to reduce unemployment, insure the uninsured, educate for modern skills, develop effective renewable energy technologies, and pay down the national debt. This self imposed constraint on a fiat currency monetary system is an acknowledgement that our elected officials are substrantially misinformed about how America’s monetary system operates to fund its expenditures. They do not comprehend that because the Fed is the sole issuer of our currency it cannot go broke and because of that it is not constrained by revenue to fund government expenditures. A debt ceiling prevents America from achieving a full employment economy and a reasonable rate of growth unimpeded by inflation or deflation.

    What the Budget Plans from Ryan and the CPC don’t include is an explanation that when the government spends it has to spend in the government AND non-government sectors. Doing so means that deficit spending is equal, to the penny, to savings in the non-government side of the ledger. Where else do government funds flow.

    As for debt, Progressives need to understand that a high rate of national unemployment is the singular most important indicator that neither the private nor the public sector has invested enough to reduce the UE rate to publicly acceptable levels.

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