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Despite Senate Budget Vote, Ryan Presses Forward On Debt Reduction

Meanwhile, a range of policy groups offered ideas and solutions to reduce health care spending.

NPR: After Senate's Medicare Vote, Ryan Remains Unbowed
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan was unbowed Thursday after the expected, but nonetheless stinging, rejection of his budget and Medicare proposal by the Senate. Ryan told NPR reporters he would do it all over again. He continued to call for Congress to do something urgent about the public debt - and continued to reject any notion of tax increases to help balance the ledger (Seabrook, 5/26).

Kaiser Health News: Proposals To Reduce Health Care Spending And The Deficit (Document)
Before the May 25 2011 Fiscal Summit, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation sought ideas on solutions for "America's unsustainable long-term fiscal challenges" from six groups that spanned the political spectrum: the American Enterprise Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for American Progress, the Economic Policy Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and the Roosevelt Institute. Ideas included major changes to Medicare and Medicaid, adding a public option to buy insurance or for repealing the health law entirely. The foundation put out a document of all the plans, and included a summary table of the highlights.

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