Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Paul Ryan ready to Play Point Guard ... But for How Long?

Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan is ready to play point guard for Republicans as he assumes the chair of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In basketball, the point guard calls the plays and sets the tempo on offense. Tax and other key issues before the Congress must flow through the Ways and Means Committee. That makes the chairman of the committee among the key members of Congress. It guarantees a role in virtually all of Washington’s controversies.
The role is so large and powerful that Ryan would have to resign the chairmanship if he were to run for president in 2016. He was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2012.
Among potential topics for the committee are Obamacare, social service spending, and the future of medical care for the elderly. In the last Congress, the Republican majority in the House repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare. The funding of Obamacare, including a 3.8-percent income tax on the investment income of the wealthy, clearly is an issue for Ryan’s committee
In the new Congress, Republicans also hold a majority in the Senate. It’s likely that Senate Republicans will also join the chorus for repeal, knowing full well that such legislation would be vetoed by President Obama.
Ryan and Rubio crafting Obamacare alternative
Finding an alternative is far more difficult than just calling for repeal of the health insurance program. Ryan is viewed as both a policy wonk and a man who understands the politics of Washington and the country. If any Republican alternative to Obamacare is developed, it’s likely to have Ryan’s imprint on it.
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Related Story: From high perch, Paul Ryan weighs his options 

Both articles state that Ryan would have to resign his Chairmanship to run for President. That's not entirely true. The New House Rule included waivers. If he was granted one, Yes he could run and keep his Chairmanship.

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