Recommended Reading: Paul Ryan

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wave at the crowd during a campaign event in Norfolk, Va. August 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential candidate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wave at the crowd during a campaign event, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Want to know more about the 42-year-old Republican candidate for vice president? Here’s a collection of Paul Ryan profiles, opinion pieces and data sets that we’ve collected here at Moyers & Company HQ.

And here’s a roundup of recent BillMoyers.com posts about Rep. Paul Ryan and his 2012 budget proposal, “The Path to Prosperity.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.w.shepherd Deborah Wilcox Shepherd

    OpenSecrets.org gives the scoop on Ryan’s fundraising gives the low down and donors to Romney..50%+ insurance & health related companies, with a few banks and wall street guys thrown in..every year he posts a surplus from raised $$ to $$ spent except in 2008 he raised $1,653,204 and spent $2,251,389..someone probably needs to chat with his opponent..what does happen with all the excess campaign money raised? Axlerod has got to be saying his prayers tonight for this gift..WOW, where to start Mr. Axlerod..make every dollar count and blow both of these jerks out of the water!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.p.pola John Paul Pola

    How about Paul Ryan with running mate Michelle Bachman

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.p.pola John Paul Pola

    Intended as a joke!

  • Uncle Windy

    How about if we tell Paul that all of us over 59 will be over to his house for him to care for us in our last illnesses? How many of us do you think he can accommodate in his house and the one across the woods where he grew up? Did he ever lack for anything?

  • get informred

    Ryan’s plan would only apply to Americans younger than 55 years of age, and
    gives those younger individuals the option of remaining in the
    traditional Medicare program, or choosing a comparable private-sector
    insurance plan. Please stop watching or listening to the Obama propaganda machine and do your research Uncle Windy!

  • Chi

    “gives those younger individuals the option of remaining in the
    traditional Medicare program” is a lie and right wing propaganda.
    I did the research. Go and read the Ryan plan.

  • get informed

    So then you must know it was a bipartisan plan created with Democratic congressman Wyden-Or. Congressman Wyden is far from a right wing propagandist, so Its titled the “Wyden/Ryan” plan. This is the problem w/most lib’s. You lie for one, and secondly, you’ll believe anything you hear from msnbc, so if you truly did read the “WYDEN/RYAN” plan you wouldn’t have posted your comment unless your just another Obamacrat and the truth doesn’t matter. Btw, the plan is on Ryan’s website, and would love to see you cite your claim with some supporting facts. Waiting ~!!!

  • get informred

    “Any senior at or above age 55 today will see no
    changes in the Medicare program”. Here’s a link to the plan as it was written, somehow im sure most of you will never take the time to look it up for yourselves. fhttp://budget.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wydenryan.pdf.

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  • Anonymous

    You are the one that needs to get real and properly informed. The Ryan/Wyden plan proposes a voucher system that will kick in somewhere after 2020. A voucher program that would provide adequate access to health care if you lived in Mexico or Costa Rica.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/matt-miller-the-talented-mr-ryan/2012/08/12/1afaaaa2-e4ad-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_story.html

  • get informred

    The voucher system you speak about will be a choice for those 55 or under. once again not effecting current seniors. Obama care CUTS over 700 billion from medicare starting in 2013. This will effect CURRENT seniors. Ryan-WYden saves the benefits for people in my generation and my kids.

  • Anonymous

    You are completely full of it. Who is paying to spread this misinformation?

  • quicksilver123

    your readers really aren’t that smart, are they Bill?

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  • get informred

    Your the one that’s full of it . I doubt anyone’s paying you other than the welfare system. Please stay home during the next election. Thx’s!

  • Kasia Wilson

    This isn’t the Wyden-Ryan plan. They worked together on a white paper, but didn’t co-sponsor the legislation. Here is a quote from the NBCpolitics.com site by Mr. Wyden:

    “Romney, he said, “is talking nonsense. Bipartisanship requires that you
    not make up the facts. I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation.’ I
    wrote a policy paper on options for Medicare. Several months after the
    paper came out I spoke and voted against the Medicare provisions in the
    Ryan budget. Governor Romney needs to learn you don’t protect seniors by
    makings things up, and his comments today sure won’t help promote real
    bipartisanship.””

  • ghickey

    If vouchers are given it won’t be very long before they are inadequate to provide needed medical coverage. And then the insurance lobbiests will be turned loose on Congress to increase the size of the vouchers. That is how corporate welfare works. Look at the defense industry….
    gh

  • http://www.facebook.com/boxingcannabyte.epicurus BoxingCannabyte Epicurus

    “Obama care CUTS over 700 billion from medicare starting in 2013. This will effect CURRENT seniors.”

    No, it won’t. There was a great explanation as to how these cuts work and the differences between the Ryan-cuts and the Obama-cuts on The Last Word last night (among several other places)

    I’ll elaborate further if need be but you are sorely misinformed as to how the cuts work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boxingcannabyte.epicurus BoxingCannabyte Epicurus

    I have read that PDF, I have to wonder if YOU have. Here is a video explaining the differences on how these 700+ billion cuts actually work contrasted between the two plans:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755883/vp/48684212#48684112

    I await your rebuttal

  • http://www.facebook.com/boxingcannabyte.epicurus BoxingCannabyte Epicurus

    Oh, using ad hominem doesn’t help your case. You insult people then expect them to bend over and go the extra mile doing research based on claims you make and, so far, you haven’t provided the same courtesy to others. Insulting people’s sources of information and then using your own interpretation as proof as to why they’re wrong with no further elaboration is as dishonest as your claim that everyone who doesn’t think like you supposedly is.

  • Anonymous

    The voucher scheme is just a stealth way to kill Medicare. It’s just like school vouchers — you take public money and public goods (schools, hospitals, whatever) and put them into private hands where the costs are socialized and the profits privatized. It’s called cronyism. But the outcome is you weaken the social insurance/social good till there’s a “cost crisis” and it can be killed outright. He knows this; you need to wake up.

    No private for-profit insurance program can operate as efficiently as Medicare operates. Medicare: 4% for overhead and operations, the rest to actual health care. Private insurance: the sky’s the limit on overhead, operations and profit at present — Obamacare limits this in the future to ONLY 20% — that’s all money that doesn’t go to actual health care. One has to be an ignoramus or a head-in-theory free marketeer loony to argue there’s any economic advantage to private insurance.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t cut diddly squat. Your Foxaganda is incredible baloney. There’s no change in current coverage. What Obamacare does is It finds efficiencies in Medicare payments, largely in the form of reducing payment for unnecessary services, and uses that savings to extend medical insurance to millions of uninsured. What exactly is your problem with that? Are you so selfish you’d rather have the government fail to find efficiencies so you can keep the uninsured uninsured?