Wisconsin's U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (Rep-1) is attempting to appeal to the moderate and thoughtful Americans as he prepares to enhance his national presence.
In search of a base not occupied by Sarah Palin, he continues to publish polemics with compound sentences and lots of dashes.
The latest, Capitalizing on Common Ground establishes Ryan as a conciliatory and congenial leader of his party as he repeatedly asserts that Republicans and Democrats have 'common ground,' 'shared principles,' and 'more agreement than first meets the eye' as he focuses on health care reform.
Then the other shoe drops.
He bemoans the Democratic proposals, complains about what the 'majority' will do to run up the cost of health care, and praises private medical delivery systems while admitting, 'We already spend over two-and-a-half times more on health care than any other country, with government alone spending roughly $1 trillion last year.'
It is that very private system he is defending that accounts for the expansive cost of American health care.
As for the cost of government spending, it was Ryan and his Republican majority and President Bush who banned the Federal government from utilizing one of the oldest capitalistic tools - the government's enormous buying power to negotiate lower prices for drugs from the pharmaceutical companies.
Then Ryan makes this accusation about the Democratic proposals on heath reform:
Here is how it works: the federal government ‘option’ would reimburse doctors at below market prices in order to control costs, forcing those with private coverage to make up the difference.
Congressman, that is exactly what the hospitals and private health insurance carriers are doing now. Come clean.