Washington Democrats loaded up on criticism today for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in the hours before he visits the Northwest for high-priced fundraising appearances in the Bellevue area. No public events are planned, and Ryan’s plane touches down at 3:30 this afternoon at King County International Airport on his way to an evening fund-raiser in the eastside area.
The Seattle Times reports here that admission is $1,000 for the reception, “$2,500 for a picture with Ryan, and a dinner afterward costing closer to $25,000.’’
Timed to coincide with fundraising appearances by Ryan as well as Republican national chairman Reince Priebus, Democrats staged a telephone conference call for reporters to slam the congressman’s proposals for health care, which are aimed at making Medicare more sustainable by replacing the current system with one that Democrats describe as vouchers.
Democratic state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, 1st Congressional District candidate Suzan DelBene, and Inglemoor High School teacher Sue Black, who is a cancer survivor, said a Romney-Ryan administration that worked to overturn the Affordable Care Act would be bad for this state.
Black said Republicans Mitt Romney and Ryan don’t understand the situation of cancer survivors who could lose coverage under preexisting condition exclusions ended by reform.
“Access to affordable health care has literally saved my life,” she said. And Kreidler said 800,000 of the state’s 1.1 million uninsured can look forward to getting coverage under reform. Without it, he warned there would be over 1 million Washingtonians “with their noses pressed against the glass at doctors’ offices,’’ unable to get coverage.
DelBene took a shot at Ryan not holding public events, and Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com reminded her that President Obama has been to the state four times this election cycle without public events.
The criticism of Ryan is echoed by a new campaign web site feature for 10th Congressional District candidate Denny Heck. A Romney-Ryan budget page on Heck’s site discusses various ways that Washington state loses heavily under Ryan’s proposals.
Heck says seniors would pay more for prescription drugs, the Joint Base Lewis McChord near Lakewood would lose $200 million over a decade, students would lose Pell Grants, the state would lose transportation dollars to fix the Interstate logjam at JBLM and children in school lunch programs could lose funding for that aid.