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Healthcare Is A Right For All Says Solen PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Friday, 16 September 2016 11:27

healthcare-familyOver 207,000 people in Wisconsin participated in the ACA marketplace as of February, but Paul Ryan wants it repealed. His characterization of ACA’s “coverage gap” for low-income people fails to address that the gap is entirely due to the refusal of the GOP’s state officials to expand Medicaid under ACA.


MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report which shows 207,349 people in Wisconsin participated in the ACA marketplace as of February 22, 2016. The program is highly successful: 50 percent of the state’s consumers obtained coverage for less than $100 per month.

Residents could choose coverage from 15 insurers offering an average of 67 health plans. Despite GOP claims that young people would not sign up for ACA, 53,760 consumers—32 percent of participants—have signed up for ACA.

But, Paul Ryan wants ACA repealed.

paul-ryanThe Speaker claims, “by putting the patient-doctor relationship first and applying free-market principles, House Republicans have offered a ‘better way’ to fix America's healthcare system.” Under Ryan’s “better way,” millions of people would lose coverage or be subjected to significantly reduced benefits.

ryan-solenRyan Solen disagrees with the flawed free market model that prioritizes insurance company interests above those of the patients. He knows Wisconsinites will benefit far more from universal health care that will provide them access to quality and affordable essential services rather than letting insurance companies profit through the Speaker’s flawed “free market” model.

Ryan Solen knows protecting families from incurring astronomical medical debt that causes them bankruptcy ultimately costs government far more than a solid universal health care plan. He knows if insurance companies cared as much for their subscribers as they claim, they would not need to spend tens of millions of dollars trying to convince consumers to sign up for policies—advertising costs that could be put to work increasing the quality of health care in Wisconsin’s communities.

“All other variables aside, healthcare is the great equalizer; the common denominator of the human condition is that we all need healthcare, “Solen said. He added, “If we truly believe in the concept of all being created equal, then all should have the same access to healthcare regardless of income.”

Many Wisconsinites are in jeopardy of losing health coverage when they find a job. Nearly 180,000 Wisconsinites work at minimum wage jobs in companies such as Walmart and McDonald's. The majority of these jobs don't offer insurance. Single adults who work a minimum wage job—approximately $1,300 before taxes—are dropped from BadgerCare if their salaries exceed the federal poverty level of $990 per month.

Paul Ryan’s disingenuous characterization of ACA’s “coverage gap” for low-income people fails to address that gap is entirely due to the refusal of the GOP’s state officials to expand Medicaid under ACA.

The House Speaker’s broad outline contains no specific plan for health care. He calls his proposal, “the beginning of the conversation, not the end.”

In Wisconsin, the “conversation” centers on whether people should work at a non-covered minimum wage jobs and lose their health insurance. Their only other option is not to work so they can get medical coverage while they try to figure out how to pay for rent, food, and utilities.

Paul Ryan ignores ACA’s overwhelming success in Wisconsin. His constituents need to know “the beginning” of Ryan’s proposals may be “the end” of their health care coverage for both themselves and their families.

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Ryan Solen is an Army veteran of the war in Iraq and is seeking to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. He is a Digital Forensic Specialist and Computer Security Analyst. He is a married father of four and enjoys reading, writing, doing karate with his family, and relieves stress with his vintage Lego collection.

He is the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Paul Ryan. For more information, please visit www.solenforcongress.com.

 
Mike Gallagher Doubles Down On Ill-Received Social Security Plan PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:34

mike-gallagherGallagher can try to deflect negative attention by lying about Tom Nelson's record, but at the end of the day Gallagher's silence on his own Social Security plan shows how devastating it would be for older Wisconsinites.


MADISON, WI - Mike Gallagher has been running around trying to deflect attention from his ill-received Social Security plan, which would cut benefits for 2/3 of older Wisconsinites down to the poverty level, by lying about Tom Nelson's record of standing up for seniors. However, what Gallagher hasn't said is that the criticism about his plan wrecking Social Security coverage is in anyway wrong.

elderly-crowd "If Mike Gallagher truly believes his Social Security plan wouldn't cut benefits for 2/3 of older Wisconsinites down to the poverty level than why isn't he saying so?" Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Brandon Weathersby said on Wednesday. "Gallagher hasn't refuted the facts that his Social Security plan would be a disaster for older Wisconsinites. He knows just how bad his plan would be for seniors by slashing their benefits to the poverty level."

Seniors are speaking out against Gallagher's plan because they know it would be a disaster. The Alliance for Retired Americans has said as much: "The Gallagher plan would result in drastic Social Security guaranteed benefit cuts for two-thirds of seniors...it is clear that Mike Gallagher can never be trusted to stand up for our seniors."

"Gallagher can try to deflect negative attention by lying about Tom Nelson's record, but at the end of the day Gallagher's silence on his own Social Security plan shows how devastating it would be for older Wisconsinites," Weathersby concluded.

 
Smith Backs Refinancing Plan For Student Loan Debt Relief PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Brian Smith for Senate   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:02

uwgb-studentsDebt refinancing would save student loan borrowers hundreds each year.


WAUPACA, WI – Families in central Wisconsin would save hundreds of dollars each year under a plan supported by Waupaca Mayor and State Senate candidate Brian Smith. With over 800,000 Wisconsin residents owing more than $19 billion in student loan debt, Smith says bold solutions are needed to protect families and spur economic growth.

brian-smith“Too many families in our state are struggling to pay off student loan debt,” said Smith. “Massive cuts to UW schools and Wisconsin’s technical colleges have shifted more of the burden onto students and families. People are finding it harder to buy a car, start a family, or open a new business after graduating because of their crushing debt.”

Smith pointed to the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill as an immediate solution to help lower student loan debt. The plan would target tax relief to middle class families and allow individuals to refinance student loans at lower interest rates.

“A student graduating today with $30,000 to $40,000 in debt is going to spend decades paying off that loan,” said Smith. “Families in Wisconsin should be allowed to refinance their student debt just like you can with a car loan or home mortgage. It’s a commonsense, consumer-driven solution that will lower interest payments and ease the burden placed on our local hardworking families.”

Seventy percent of Wisconsin's college graduates have student loan debt, the third highest percentage in the nation. Several states including Minnesota have already launched student loan refinancing efforts in a bid to lower costly interest payments. According to the Minnesota Higher Education Commissioner, the new refinancing option could lower payments by $200 a month for an average student loan borrower.

“It’s time to follow the lead of other states that are working to lower student loan debt and expand economic opportunities for our hardworking local families,” concluded Smith. “While politicians in Madison have been slow to respond to this growing crisis, I’m ready to step up and make student loan debt a top priority in our state.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:21
 
Paul Ryan Has A Trump Problem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Monday, 12 September 2016 09:15

donald-trumpMOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Ryan Solen has long been astounded that Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump, accepted Donald Trump’s endorsement, and continues to endorse the Republican nominee for president despite Ryan calling Trump out on numerous occasions for saying all manner of insulting things. Friday Paul Ryan crossed a line that Ryan Solen didn’t think he would see and simply refused to comment on Trump’s latest antics at the NBC/MSNBC candidate forum Thursday night.

paul_ryanSpeaker Ryan was decidedly uncomfortable at his first press conference when reporters asked him why Trump claimed Putin is a better leader than Obama. “Do you think I’m going to stand up here and be election pundit? I’ve got other things to do in this job,” Ryan fumed. “Yeah, he’s the nominee of our party, because he won our nomination fair and square. I’m not going to sit up here and do the tit for tat on what Donald said last night, or the night before, and Hillary versus Donald. That is not my job, and I’m not going to be the election year pundit commenting on all these little things. I’ll leave it at that.”

So, the presidential race is one of those “little things” the Speaker refuses to address?

Not only has Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District U.S. Representative and America’s highest ranking elected Republican refused to even answer Democratic challenger Ryan Solen about a campaign debate, he refuses to answer any questions regarding his own party’s presidential nominee. Does the Speaker feel praising a dictator- like Donald Trump did last night in his tribute to Vladimir Putin- is superior to showing respect for a democratically elected president?

With only three more weeks before the next recess—and 60 days until the general election—it is hard to imagine that questions about Trump’s comments will cease. Will Speaker Ryan eventually answer questions about his support of Donald Trump? Or will he continue to evade questions like he has evaded Ryan Solen’s request for a debate?

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Ryan Solen is an Army veteran of the war in Iraq and is seeking to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. He is a Digital Forensic Specialist and Computer Security Analyst. He is a married father of four and enjoys reading, writing, doing karate with his family, and relieves stress with his vintage Lego collection.
He is the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Paul Ryan. For more information, please visit www.solenforcongress.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 09:36
 
Mike Gallagher Should Release Donor Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 09 September 2016 19:30

mike-gallagherIs Mike Gallagher trying to hide who is really funding his campaign by failing to fully disclose information on 1 in 4 of his donors? His SuperPAC also refused to disclose donors despite spending nearly $50,000 in the Republican Primary. Voters in Northeast Wisconsin deserve full information.

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Johnson Puts Politics Above Fighting Zika PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Friday, 09 September 2016 10:37

ron-johnsonMADISON - Following Senator Johnson’s vote on the Senate's disastrous Zika bill, here’s what Wisconsinites need to know about Senator Johnson’s record on Zika:

“If Senator Johnson was serious about fighting Zika he wouldn’t support a bill that restricts women’s health services and falls hundreds of millions of dollars short of what experts say is needed. After 24 confirmed Zika cases in Wisconsin, Johnson continues put his extreme ideology above the safety of Wisconsinites. Is there any problem Senator Johnson doesn’t think can be solved by restricting women’s health services? Even for Senator Johnson, politicizing a national health emergency is a new low in his desperate attempt to stay in Washington,” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

 
Does Sen. Johnson Support Donald Trump's Praise of Putin? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Harry Hartfield   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 14:43

donald-trumpMADISON - After Trump’s disastrous performance in last night’s presidential forum, does Sen. Johnson still trust Trump with the nuclear codes? Donald Trump spent a half hour pushing his dangerous, insulting and sexist policies. In case you missed it here are some of Trump’s most egregious comments from last night:

  • He praised Vladimir Putin, citing the Russian President’s high approval rating

  • He insulted servicemen and women, claiming that American generals had been “reduced to rubble”

  • He suggested that men and women should serve separately in the armed forces

ron-johnsonSen. Johnson has said that he would pull his support for Trump if the Republican nominee said anything that “crosses the line.” So the question for Senator Johnson is, do any of Trump’s comments last night cross the line? We’re guessing not.

In his desperate attempt to stay in Washington, Sen. Johnson has thrown his lot in with a reality TV  star who pushes reckless, racist, sexist and xenophobic ideology. At this point there’s nothing Trump can say that would cross the line for Sen. Johnson, and that speaks volumes about what Senator Johnson stands for.

 
Paul Ryan Still Endorses Candidate Trump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 13:38

trump-rnc-2016MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - NBC News and MSNBC had a candidate forum tonight that left Democratic nominee for Congress Ryan Solen wondering how Paul Ryan can continue to endorse Donald Trump after a series of questions from Matt Lauer and members of the all-veteran audience proved Trump is incapable of handling the United States military or any other aspect of the highest job in the land.

Does Paul Ryan, like Donald Trump, believe that American military generals have been “reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing to our country”? Ryan Solen is an Army veteran and served in the war in Iraq with the same generals Donald Trump disparaged. Will Paul Ryan disavow that comment and stand up for the United States military?

paul-ryanDoes Paul Ryan care that Donald Trump has a “secret plan to defeat ISIS” that he won’t reveal? Tonight, when he was asked directly by a veteran in the audience, Trump sidestepped answering how he will defeat ISIS and moved on to how he will stabilize that part of the world after America has somehow defeated the international terror group without giving any indication how he plans to do that except to consult with the very generals he just belittled or, perhaps, new generals. Paul Ryan talks about being a policy wonk, doesn’t he want a president who makes plans and implements them?

Donald Trump has been clear on his feelings about undocumented immigrants and that he plans to have them deported back to their country of origin yet tonight he said that if one expressed an intention to serve in the military he would allow them to remain. If an immigrant is good enough to serve in our military, why could they not stay in our country and continue to make America great? What does Paul Ryan think about this?

Last Updated on Friday, 09 September 2016 13:51
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Feingold Endorses Ryan Solen for Congress in 1st District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:54

ryan-solenDemocratic Nominee Ryan Solen, an Army veteran of Iraq and married father of four, is seeking to replace Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. House of Representatives.


MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Senator Russ Feingold endorsed Ryan Solen of Mount Pleasant, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 1st Congressional District on Monday.

russ-feingold"Ryan Solen understands the struggles that so many families in the 1st CD are facing. He is committed to fiscal responsibility while investing in infrastructure improvements, healthcare, and education. He will make an excellent representative for the people of the 1st Congressional district and I am proud to support him for United States Congress." - Russ Feingold

Ryan Solen’s life has been marked with distinction and achievement. Educated in business, technology, and world affairs, he has established a solid knowledge of the world and the way in which people from other cultures and governments interact. Military service in the United States Army honed his skill set in successfully working with people of all backgrounds, including leading soldiers in overseas deployment in a war zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A hard working family man, Mr. Solen understands what people in the lower and middle classes have gone through, and continue to face in times good and bad. His own life experiences have given him an empathetic ear for those facing all manner of difficulties and issues, and he has a vision for the future of the country.

On learning of this endorsement, Ryan Solen said that, "Russ Feingold's work in the Senate has done much to improve the lives of the people of Wisconsin, as well as the United States. His history of standing up for what he believes in, despite great opposition on occasion, is a testament to his character. I am honored to accept his endorsement of me as I run to be the representative for the 1st Congressional district of Wisconsin."

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Ryan Solen is an Army veteran of the war in Iraq and is seeking to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. He is a Digital Forensic Specialist and Computer Security Analyst. He is a married father of four and enjoys reading, writing, doing karate with his family, and relieves stress with his vintage Lego collection.

He is the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Paul Ryan. For more information, please visit www.solenforcongress.com.

 
Wisconsin Election Observers Welcome, But Must Follow Rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:24

voteMADISON – There has been a lot of talk lately about the role of election observers. While some think poll monitors will root out corruption at the polls, others are concerned that the presence of aggressive observers could intimidate voters. In Wisconsin, election observers are an important part of the election landscape.

People who go to the polls expecting to stop illegal voting might not find the excitement they seek. A recent, extensive study found only 31 credible allegations of fraud out of more than a billion votes cast nationally between 2000 and 2014.

As for intimidation, Wisconsin fortunately has excellent procedures that welcome observers but do not allow them to disrupt voting. Polling places are covered under our open meetings laws. Anyone may observe, but there are rules in place to protect the voting process.

Election observers are nothing new. Candidate campaigns and political parties have long sent observers to the polls to note whether their supporters have voted so they can make targeted reminder calls by late afternoon. Advocacy groups send observers to ensure that polling places are accessible for people with disabilities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:44
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