Sunday, August 2, 2009

What is it about Rep. Paul Ryan’s Love Affair with Corporate Profits? Is he a Corporate Borg?

It’s almost hard to imagine a more corporatist politician than Rep. Paul Ryan. His advocacy of turning taxpayer dollars to profitable incomes for big business is grotesque. Is it the fact that Ryan is so convince corporations have a better solution that voters assume he must know what he’s talking about?

For a guy who grew up in a family that depended on Social Security assistance, Ryan would now love to give that money to a highly volatile Wall Street, a place where investors would have wiped out any gains made in the last 10 years.

Now Congressman Ryan wants to reduce a persons buying power by putting families out there alone to shop and purchase their own health insurance. Forget about the actual business model of insurance: large pools of healthy and unhealthy people spreading the cost and lowering premiums. That concept seems almost alien to “business savvy” Republicans because they don’t have to research, negotiate and buy their own insurance year after year. They don’t have to deal with the 20 to 35 percent premium increases demanded by our corporate health providers.

Why is Ryan so convince business can do a better job?

Jsonline: "In Wisconsin, insurance giant Blue Cross/Blue Shield or people who work for the company are among the top campaign contributors to Rep. Paul Ryan's political committees so far this year with $10,000 in donations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The Janesville Republican has collected more money from the insurance industry - $493,000 - than from any other interest group during his 10 years in Congress."

But what about Rep. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Kind's donor list? Get serious. Those fighting to bring down the cost, create giant purchasing pools so the healthy pay for the sick and are more concerned about family stability and the avoidance of bankruptcy and death, may also be getting huge contributions from corporations, but their agenda benefits the public.

It's a big difference Ryan can’t argue against without lying. The real question is this:

Should we be more concerned about the health of every man, woman and child, or ... the health of the insurance industry?

Ryan’s looking out for the latter, an industry he compares to his daughters lemonade stand.

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