Paul Ryan Campaign Ad: Patient Centered Solutions

Congressman Paul Ryan is out with another ad for his campaign in Wisconsin. The topics he is covering in these ads, are really national issues, and he is addressing them at a local level, in common sense language that resonates with people. In this great new ad, Congressman Ryan is asked, “Health care is still a mess. What’s your plan?”.


WSJ Blurb – Brief Post for Now

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal had an interesting little blurb in one of it’s two editorials that I’m going to come back to in an upcoming post, but I figured the blurb was worth posting now.

Medicaid isn’t in trouble because it is badly run, though of course it is. The problem is that it has become so vast and is meant to fill so many political demands that no one can truly control it. Given the Obama Administration’s rigidity, this is not the best reform moment, but unlike his predecessors, Mr. Cuomo seems to recognize that these liabilities can’t be repaired at the margins. The real test will be if he starts to do the politically difficult work of scaling Medicaid down.

My readers will note that their reference to “repaired at the margins” sounds a lot like the “tinkering around the edges” phrase I often use. It all means the same thing. Again, I’ll come back to this editorial in a day or so, but I felt this was worth posting now. The final point of focus, is that Medicaid has simply gotten out of control. As the editorial suggests, this is no time to make marginal changes, to “tinker around the edges”, it’s time for an overhaul. More later.

Peter, Paul and Barry: A Contrast in Economic Policy Visions

Interesting column about Paul Ryan and the Republicans.

“Over the past week, the White House began trying something new: changing the subject from their own proposals to those of Congressional Republicans. This is a marked departure from the past several months, during which the White House alleged repeatedly – and wrongly – that Republicans were obstructing necessary legislation with no alternatives of their own. But now, the White House has decided it is time to acknowledge that Republicans have been offering ideas – and to attack them.”

Understandable, the democrats’ plans don’t do anything to promote freedom or prosperity, and rather than talk about their own horrible, constricting, unfounded policies, they’ve decided to attack those with real ideas.

“The contest between the Ryan and Orszag visions for Social Security is the fundamental contest between constraining our spending appetites and raising taxes to fuel persistently higher costs.”

Perfect quote. Code words for Conservative vs. Liberal. People vs. Bureaucracy. Freedom vs. Constraint.

The WSJ This Weekend

Opening up the Weekend Edition of the WSJ today was quite an experience. There were many great articles. I will highlight a few here.

For GOP, No Experience Is No Problem: link

Peggy Noonan: Question Time Isn’t The Answer: link

Interesting proposals here. Noonan is right, this won’t happen here, but something that creates a better dialog is needed.

This might tend to produce fewer omnibus bills. “You expect me to know and talk about what’s in that? It’s 2,000 pages! Cut it down to 20 and give it a new name.”

Opinions Split on Job Creation: link

Pat Moynihan’s Tax Lessons for the States: link

If you’ve ever read and appreciated Moynihan’s late 60’s book Maximum Feasible Misunderstanding, you’ll appreciate this artlce.

‘A Wasted Opportunity’
WellPoint’s CEO on ObamaCare’s mistakes and how to pick up the political pieces.: link

It’s hard to see how WellPoint could be to blame for surging health spending, Mrs. Braly says, when 85 cents out of every premium dollar or more “is paid out in the actual cost of care, doctors, hospitals, suppliers, drugs, devices.” Confiscating the 2009 profits of the entire insurance industry would pay for two days of U.S. health care.

FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith: One Simple Way To Create Jobs: link