The cost of health care is going to keep going up. It’s going to go up because we’re getting older and as we get older we use more health care and it’s going to go up because science is keeping on producing wonderful new things that physicians and hospitals can do. And they cost money. What we can do is eliminate the needlessly expensive way in which we now provide health care.
[Mitt Romney] belongs to a very conservative party that hates this [health care] bill, many members of which have sworn that they’d rather eat ground glass than let this law go forward. But there is the conflicting problem of, ‘If you break it, you own it.’ [He will own] anything that goes wrong with the health-care system down the road.
The Ryan–Wyden [budget] plan is not a plan. It is a press release, so vague in its description that it could mean many and quite different things. Given what Ryan has said in his latest budget proposal, I would be amazed if he and Wyden could come to agreement on legislative language.