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Romney Selects Ryan as Running Mate: What Do You Think?

The Wisconsin Congressman is seen by many to be a rising star of the Republican party.

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney  that his running mate for vice president will be U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur issued a statement calling Ryan, who serves as budget committee chairman in the U.S. House of Representatives, a "bold and exciting choice for Mitt Romney."

Choosing Paul Ryan to be his running mate shows how serious Romney is about fixing the economic crisis and it shows that he’s willing and able to make the decisions that get the job done. ...(Ryan) has already gone head-to-head with President Obama and proven that he can easily hold his own. He is young, dynamic, smart, and capable, and is the right man for the job. 

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What do you think? Is Paul Ryan the right person for the job? Does Romney's selection make you more likely to vote for him? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Ken James August 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Bob, you said: " Health care, crap, I want a single payer. Tell me why people should profit off of others misery." I'm going to change 'misery' to 'health care needs' to make that sound less hyperbolic. The reason we prefer that people profit from health care services is because the profit motive will help maintain and improve the system. If you remove the profit motive, what will the incentive be for continued investments? People only invest if they have a chance to obtain a return on their money. If you advocate for a health care system where everyone involved is a government worker and where people pay nothing for their health care services, the wait time for services will be longer and the quality of care will be lower. We need a system where you can buy the types of services you are willing and able to pay for AND a system which provides low cost/no cost care for those who are truly unable. Neighborhood health clinics hold great promise to deliver services for those who can't afford typical 'retail' medical services. I prefer the high deductible insurance plans where people pay for all "office visit" type services out of pocket. That behavior will drive down prices because consumers will check for lower prices. Insurance should be used only for significant cost items. That lowers premium costs and those savings will pay for the office visits.
Bob Martinek August 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The quality of Health care in American is in the middle of the pack of nations. Infant mortality way up. All this at the highest cost of health care of any nation. Because of your profit motive. It seems that anytime more public funds are put into private health care, they are eaten up with no improvement, just more escalated prices because they can get away with it. When I was checking my 95 year old Dad into the hospital emergency room, several times, each and every Frickin time they had to reinvent their database, ie what drugs, history etc. Come on, they should have in their database and save expensive emergency room time. Archaic!
Ken James August 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I think we agree that the costs are too high. If there are no drivers to reduce the cost, then there is little incentive to improve the efficiency. In my opinion, costs are higher because employer sponsored health insurance has reduced the contribution of the patient to near zero. This has led to overuse of the system and the spiraling cost. Things are changing though... many employers are now necessarily switching to plans that require more co-pay and higher deductible. The industry will respond appropriately when they have to appeal to patients on an economic basis. I don't believe that American health care is 'middle of the pack'... Reporting is not standardized and too many 'studies' are designed with a particular outcome as their objective. If you have a credible report that illustrates those numbers, I'd be interested to read it.
Lance K. Regan August 22, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Now that I have access to a stellar group of experts, may I ask for your comments on a topic of interest to me? Why are we planning to sell and export much of our national coal supply to the Chinese Communists? Would it not be wiser to keep the coal here until new technology makes it cleaner to use for our energy needs? Thanks.
FF2 August 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Coal to China = Money to US Investors = Smog to US lungs

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