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Heritage Action CEO Rejects Ryan's Debt-Crisis Solution

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 05:28 PM

By Dan Weil

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham disagrees with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's plan to solve the current government debt crisis.

Ryan, R-Wis., wrote in The Wall Street Journal that the two parties could come to an agreement on entitlement reform and tax reform as a way to gain congressional approval for a budget and a debt ceiling increase.

But Needham, speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor Wednesday, said the Republican focus must remain on vanquishing Obamacare, The Hill reports.

"With regards to Paul Ryan's op-ed . . . this is a fight about Obamacare," he said. "The attention of Republicans and conservatives needs to be back on Obamacare and not on other ways out of this situation."

Needham called "laughable" the idea supported by some Republicans that it would be sufficient to eliminate a medical-device tax meant to partly finance Obamacare.

"The only acceptable way out of this is some sort of deal that funds the federal government without funding Obamacare."

Heritage Action is a policy advocacy group affiliated with The Heritage Foundation think tank.

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