Ryan Family Financially Benefits From The Health Insurance Industry

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s wife, Janna, has previously worked as a lobbyist for a “roster of clients [that] included pharmaceutical and insurance clients such as Novartis, Cigna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield,” a Reuters profile reveals. Janna isn’t the only member of the family who has profited from the private health insurance industry. Campaign finance records show that Ryan has received significant funds during the 2011–2012 cycle, raking in $81,850 from pharmaceuticals and $37,468 from HMOs — $65,650 of which came from healthcare-affiliated PACs. Ryan touts a Medicare plan that would expand the role of private insurers by replacing the traditional Medicare plan with a voucher program that seniors could use to purchase private health plans.