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US Rep. Tim Ryan’s experience, insights needed more than ever in hyper-partisan D.C.

Published: Sun, October 14, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Perhaps it’s the political reali- ty that the 13th congressional district is one of the most Democratic in the state. Or, it could be an indication of his strong belief in the rightness of his actions. But U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles remains steadfast in his support of the Affordable Care Act, derisively called Obamacare by the Republicans, and the federal bailout of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp.

To the five-term congressman, those issues in particular go the heart of the Mahoning Valley’s economic wellbeing and future. And, he believes, they address the concerns of residents of the district.

By contrast, his Republican challenger in the Nov. 6 general election, Dr. Marisha Agana of Warren, a political newcomer, would have voted against the health-care reform bill and the auto bailout had she been in the House.

The reasons she gives are unpersuasive and, frankly, a parrotting of the GOP’s talking points.

The expansion of health care coverage to every American is particularly important to economically hard-hit regions like the Valley, Ryan contends. He points to this eye-popping statistic: Two years ago, 1,700 families in the 17th District (now the 13th) filed for bankruptcy because of health-related issues.

Nationally, 1 percent of the population accounts for 25 percent of the health-care cost; 5 percent of the population accounts for 50 percent of the health-care bill.

The status quo was unsustainable — and unfair.

Republicans, including Agana, a pediatrician, contend that no one in this country has gone without medical care, and that hospital emergency rooms are available to those who don’t have their own doctors or health insurance coverage.

But studies have shown that hospitals do not absorb the entire cost of the free care they provide. Much of the cost is passed on to people who do have insurance and seek hospital care, thereby resulting in higher premiums — mostly paid by their employers. In other words, employers are punished for providing a benefit to their employees.

Keen sense

Ryan, who has developed a keen sense of what residents of the district need, notes that while emergency rooms do not turn anyone away, they don’t provide the necessary preventive care that is key to reducing the ever growing cost of health care in this country.

Agana acknowledges that there is a problem with health care in the U.S., but argues that Obamacare would “intervene with the doctor-patient relationship.”

She favors health savings accounts for “catastrophic events.”

The incumbent and his challenger also part company on the federal bailout of GM and Chrysler. Ford chose not to participate.

“I would have dealt with it differently,” Agana told The Vindicator editorial board during her endorsement interview. How differently? She did not say.

Therein lies the problem. It’s easy to be a critic; it’s more difficult to be a problem-solver.

Ryan correctly saw the bailout as directly impacting the Valley, in particular, and the state of Ohio in general. GM’s Lordstown assembly plant is a major component of the region’s economy.

More than 4,000 jobs have been saved, but beyond that the company is so pleased with the production of the top-selling compact Chevrolet Cruze that it has decided to come out with a diesel version. In addition, GM will invest $200 million to retool the plant in preparation for production of the second generation of the Cruze.

Agana’s willingness to roll the dice with the auto industry shows just how out of touch she is with the people she wants to represent.

Committee assignments

Ryan, who will be in line for a seat on the powerful appropriations committee and defense subcommittee, has evolved into a thoughtful, hardworking legislator.

All of the major projects in the Valley, from the expansion of the Air Reserve Base, to V&M Star’s two new steel pipe-making plants, to the Additive Manufacturing Center in downtown Youngstown, have his fingerprints on them.

Indeed, his crowning achievement could be the manufacturing center because it is the result of his hard work toward developing a Pittsburgh-Youngstown-Cleveland technology belt.

The congressman has served this region well and deserves another term in office. The fact that Ohio’s legislative delegation will be predominantly Republican as a result of the GOP’s heavy-handed approach to redistricting makes Ryan with his experience a valuable asset for the Mahoning Valley in Washington.

The Vindicator unequivocally endorses Ryan.


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Vindy continues its tradition of never supporting a minority for this congressional seat.

Does the editorial board endorse only those with a little "d' after his name?

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2Jerry(862 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Obviously, the only reason anyone could have for opposing Dr. Agana is motivated by bigotry.

She is a woman, with darker skin, a "foreign" sounding name, and an accent. As we have been told again and again, the only logical assumption is that any opposition to her must be motivated by racial hate and gender bias.

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3redeye1(5675 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Timmy Ryan is a JOKE. Anyone who says that he 's a leader that the valley needs must be drinking the Demoncrat kool-aid. What has he really done? nothing but show up at photo-ops and and he only votes for things that BO and Peloser tell him to vote for.

Jerry It's only racism if you don't vote for BO, anyone else its not.

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4eagleye(59 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Tim's just another in a long line of political hacks. How about actually doing some investigative reporting for a change and let all of us taxpayers know what happened to the $386 MILLION in stimulous money that came into this district and created only 286 jobs. In case you can't do the math, that's about $1.4 MILLION PER JOB. How about the money that's gone to the "grant" requests. Anybody every go back and check to see what the money got blown on, and if anything actually ever happened with the money that actually resulted in a job? WHERE'S THE MONEY????? Timmy is responsible. Don't believe me. Just got the US Government web site of www.recovery.gov and search by congressional district or zip code. The money went to school districts to slow some layoffs, but other wise it was blown, flushed down the toilet, history, zip, nada. Why would anyone want to endorse him or vote for him. You guys need to get your heads out of your posteriors. The Vindy is mainly a Dumbassocrat mouthpiece.

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5republicanRick(1739 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Vindicator shows its true colors by enthusiastically supporting the biggest tax increase and boondoggle in the nation's history -- namely Obamacare.

They also support the government picking winners in the businessplace -- namely Government Motors.

And the Vindicator wants Congress to be less partisan? "Less partisan" means the Vindicator just wants more people to move to their ultra-liberal, bigger government viewpoints.

Look around City of Youngstown neighborhoods and see what 40 years of liberal thinking and leadership gets you. Poverty, crime, and blighted neighborhoods.

The Vindicator is stuck in the past and shows no vision for the future.

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6rocky14(839 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

All the above---your Tea Party meeting starts in an hour.

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7jojuggie(1727 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Here is one of Romney's 47%'s:

Under the heading of “YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS”, this is an actual event that I personally witnessed and was a part of today.
At approximately 2:30ish pm, September 6, 2012, I entered the Kroger store on SR 28 in Goshen, Ohio to pick up a few items. I gathered my items and went to the 10 and under register to check-out.
The person in front of me (white female, approximate age 35-43, fake nails, big braided hair do, clean clothes, carrying a purse and a plastic drinking cup) put her purchase on the check out surface – ONE GRAPE. Yes, that is correct ONE GRAPE. The cashier asked if that was all, she replied yes. The cashier then weighted the GRAPE and told the women the cost was $.02 (TWO CENTS), the women then pulled out her EBT card (credit card for food stamps) and swiped it through the credit card machine, requesting $24.00 in cash back. The cashier asked if she wanted the GRAPE, the woman replied no and the GRAPE was put in the garbage can. The register recorded the sale as .02, cash back $24.00, credit .02, total $24.00 cash back. The cashier then asked if two fives would be okay because was out of tens, the woman agreed and took the $24.00 folded it up and put it in her pocket and left the store.
As the next person in line I asked the cashier “as a tax payer what in the hell just happened here?” She said she was on the clock and could not comment. I then asked if I had actually seen this person purchase and discard a GRAPE, then get cash back on her EBT card. The cashier responded that it happens all day every day in their store. She also said that if the person buying the GRAPE has it ring up over .02 they get mad and make her reweigh it. My next comment was to ask the cashier if she planned to vote in November and she said she could hardly wait for 11/6/12 to get here as one tax payer to another. I paid for my groceries, in cash, and left the store madder than 10 wet hens.
This is not one of those stories that a friend of a friend told a friend – I WITNESSED THIS AND WOULD LOVE TO TESTIFY IN COURT TO WHAT I SAW, however, it is apparently not illegal to go into a grocery store and buy a GRAPE, throw it away and take cash back from a food stamp EBT card and walk out the door. If she is so poor she needs food stamps why in the hell didn’t she buy groceries.
Please send this to everyone you know-- this needs to get out to the public! If we don’t get the takers stopped we are all doomed.

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8Westsider(269 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

So far every incumbent and tax increase has been endorsed - same old Vindy

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9DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

O boy! Where would we be without Ryan?

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10jojuggie(1727 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago


Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night."

So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?"

So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?"

So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports.

Then Congress said, "How are these people going to get paid?"

So they created two positions: a time keeper and a payroll officer then hired two people.

Then Congress said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?"

So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then Congress said, "We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cut back."

So they laid-off the night watchman.

NOW slowly, let it sink in.

Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter. Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter administration?




Didn't think so!

Bottom line is, we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency, the reason for which very few people who read this can remember!


It was very simple... and at the time, everybody thought it very

The Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.

Hey, pretty efficient, huh???


34 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.

Ah, yes -- good old Federal bureaucracy.


Hello!! Anybody Home?

Signed....The Night Watchman

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11twin(18 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

This guy is a joke. Mahoning Valley has the highest unemployment rate in the state. You dumb liberals deserve everything you get. Remember this fool said on the floor of Congress "just pass the healthcare plan to see whats in it" you got to be kiddin me.

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