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American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book

American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book


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Ryan Voted To Repeal Funding for State Insurance Exchanges. On May 03, 2011 Ryan voted for the bill that would
repeal the section of the 2010 health care overhaul that allocates mandatory funding for state insurance exchanges and would
rescind unobligated funds made available for the exchanges. According to the Washington Post, the bill would “prohibit
spending to establish the state-run exchanges that will become core elements of the new health law starting in 2014. The bill
would lower spending by $13 billion over five years and apply the savings to deficit reduction. It would also have the effect of
expanding federal involvement in U.S. health care, because the law requires the federal government to establish exchanges in
states that fail to do so.” [Roll Call 285, H 1213, 05/03/2011; Washington Post 05/12/2011]

Ryan Was One Of Only 19 Representatives To Oppose Proposal To Strip Insurance Companies Of Antitrust
Exemptions. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, “Last week, he was one of just 19 members of the House who voted
against a proposal to strip antitrust ex-emptions for insurance companies. According to the American Medical Association,
most local markets in the U.S. are dominated by a single insurer. What that means is that there is no real competition, a
circumstance that allows big insurers to impose radical rate hikes. The vast majority of House Republicans got it. A total of
153 GOP representatives voted with 253 Democrats to create real competition. On the losing end of that vote, Ryan was a
lonely defender of insurance industry monopolies and duopolies, which can raise prices at will because they face little real
competition. For all his talk about being for free markets, the Janesville Republican joined a tiny minority of House members
…who opposed freeing up the market to foster competition and reduce insurance prices.” [Wisconsin State Journal, 2/28/10]

2010: Since Election To Congress, Ryan Received $528,751 From Insurance Industry Donors. According to the
Wisconsin State Journal, “Since coming to Congress, Ryan has collected $528,751 from insurance industry donors. No
industry pro-vides Ryan with more campaign money, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And his take is
going up. Over the past year, he has taken in more than $74,720 in contributions from insurance industry-related political
action committees and executives. As it turns out, Ryan’s a good investment.” [Wisconsin State Journal, 2/28/10]

Wisconsin State Journal: State Health Insurance Rates Were Expected To Increase By 17.2%. According to the
Wisconsin State Journal, “‘Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin has filed a notice with the Wisconsin Office
of the Insurance Commissioner that the company intends to increase its composite premiums in Wisconsin by 17.2
percent, effective April 1, 2010. The company projects a 17.2 percent composite rate increase for its Blue Access, Blue
Economy, Blue Value, and Blue Preferred Plus products in Wisconsin,’ BizTimes.com reported. Politicians like Paul Ryan,
the Janesville congressman who accepts millions in special-interest money and then defends those interests in Congress,
have opposed every effort to crack down on the excesses and abuses of health insurance corporations… don’t blame
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin for the rate hike. Blame the people who make it possible for companies
like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to do whatever they please.” [Wisconsin State Journal, 2/28/10]

Ryan Said Health Insurance Reform Would Be His Priority In 2004. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Ryan
said that if he is re-elected, his priorities would include seeking a refundable tax credit for people without health insurance that,
in effect, would provide them vouchers for health care. He said he would renew his efforts for legislation that would allow

small businesses to create health insurance purchasing pools.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/23/04]

Ryan Co-Sponsored A Bill That Would Allow Small Businesses Purchase Health Insurance Through Trade
Associations. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Small businesses in Wisconsin, beset with ever-rising health
insurance costs, would be helped by a bill passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow small
businesses to purchase health insurance through trade associations. That’s the claim of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) who co-
sponsored the bill approved Thursday in a 262 to 162 vote. The bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, where Ryan said
Friday he feels it will pass, although on a closer vote. ‘Escalating costs are making it tougher and tougher for Wisconsin’s small
businesses to offer good health care coverage for their workers,’ Ryan said.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/23/03]

Editorial: Ryan Supported Expanding The “Pool Of Larger Health Insurance Plans To Allow Individuals To Join”

And A Refundable Tax Credit. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, “On the overarching issue of health care, Ryan
says the system should be consumer- and physician-based rather than dictated by insurance companies or overseen by the
federal government. He supports expanding the pool of larger health insurance plans to allow individuals to join, and favors a
refundable tax credit or deductibility for insurance premiums paid to private insurance carriers.” [Editorial, Wisconsin State
Journal, 10/27/02]


Ryan’s 1998 Opponent Said Ryan Should Be Held Accountable For A Health Insurance Portability Bill That Sen.

Sam Brownback Opposed When Ryan Served As His Legislative Director. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

“Ryan’s support from groups that favor privatizing Social Security is at odds with the ad’s claim about protecting Social

Security, said Spottswood campaign spokesman Jonathan Brown. In addition, when Ryan was legislative director for Sen. Sam
Brownback (R-Kan.), Brownback voted against a bill to guarantee the transfer of health benefits to a new job, Brown said. He
said voters could hold it against Ryan if they come to regard the ad’s claims as inaccurate. ‘This ad is a far better example of
the Spottswood campaign platform than the Ryan campaign platform,’ Brown said. Ryan aide Murray said those criticisms

missed the mark because Ryan has endorsed a Republican version of health-insurance portability and has said that while he
would consider plans to privatize Social Security, he has not committed to it.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/8/98]

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