The White House has rather swiftly and strongly come out against the Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to make Medicare worse. From the Huffington Post:

“We are concerned that Wyden-Ryan, like Congressman Ryan’s earlier proposal, would undermine, rather than strengthen, Medicare,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. “The Wyden-Ryan scheme could, over time, cause the traditional Medicare program to “wither on the vine” because it would raise premiums, forcing many seniors to leave traditional Medicare and join private plans. And it would shift costs from the government to seniors. At the end of the day, this plan would end Medicare as we know it for millions of seniors. Wyden-Ryan is the wrong way to reform Medicare.”

I’ve not been the biggest fan of President Obama’s health care decisions but this was clearly the right move and should quickly shut down beltway debate about this ill-conceived proposal.

It is nice to finally know that a bipartisan market-based health care proposal can technically be so terrible from both a political and a policy perspective that the Obama administration would be willing to reject it outright. Up until now it seemed that no matter how awful a health care idea was as long as it had some veneer of bipartisan support from Republicans Obama was willing to entertain the idea.