By Julian Pecquet - 04/26/11 07:37 PM EDT
For the second time in less than two weeks, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) raised eyebrows Tuesday with a tepid endorsement of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) Medicare reform plan.
Ryan's proposal to replace Medicare with subsidies to buy private insurance was a central part of the GOP's 2012 budget blueprint, which sailed through the Republican-controlled House on April 15 on a party-line vote of 235-193. But in an interview with ABC News this week, Boehner called the Ryan Medicare plan "an idea … worthy of consideration;" two weeks ago, the Speaker called it "an option worth considering."
"I'm for it," Boehner told the news channel. "It's our idea. Right? It's Paul's idea. Other people have other ideas. I'm not wedded to one single idea, but I think it's — we have a plan."
Democrats have been hammering away at the Ryan Medicare proposal's growing unpopularity throughout the spring recess. The liberal group Americans United for Change immediately blasted out Boehner's latest comments under the headline "Say what??"