House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Republicans will work on reforms to entitlement programs next year as they try to “tackle the debt and the deficit.”
Ryan added Wednesday that Republicans in the House would work on reforms to healthcare entitlements in 2018, adding that they are “the big drivers of our debt.”
“Tax reform grows the economy,” Ryan said during an interview with Ross Kaminsky’s radio program. “So we basically planned in this term three big budget bills: two entitlement reform bills, one economic growth tax reform bill. The first one passed the House, failed the Senate, this one, both tax bills have passed the House and the Senate, we’re on track with that, and then next year we’re going to have to get back at entitlement reform.”
The Speaker said Medicare is the “biggest entitlement that’s got to have reform.”
“Really, what it is is we need to convert our health care system to a patient-centered system, so that people have more choices, we have more competition,” Ryan added.