Rep. Tim Ryan Envisions $30-, $40-, $50-an-Hour Jobs for Working Class Americans

By Susan Jones | November 5, 2018 | 10:22 AM EST

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) lost the House speakership election to Rep. Nancy Pelosi in Novemer 2016. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

( - "Working-class issues are the issues of the Democratic Party," Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures."

Those issues include higher wages -- not just $15 an hour, but maybe as much as $50 an hour, he said.

I think in these polarized times, of course people are picking this issue or that issue to try to blow up. But the reality of it is, most Democrats, just like most Americans, care about economic security, health care security, and retirement security. Bread and butter issues, that's what I talk about: How do we grow the economy to make sure everybody has an opportunity?

We got to get off this, you know, just talking about $15 an hour. We got to talk about how we get $30-, $40-, $50-an-hour jobs that people who work hard and play by the rules can be comfortable. I think people are tired of the anxiety, tired of not being comfortable, and the Democratic Party is pushing an agenda that will help those people.

Ryan said a single-payer, Medicare-for-all plan would communicate to the American people that Democrats "want you to have affordable healthcare, we want it to run in an efficient way." He said Medicare for all would be "good for business," because it would free up businesses to "focus on job creation" and "reinvesting back into their companies."

How would you pay for it? Bartiromo asked Ryan.

"Well, if people aren't paying their insurance premiums every month, that is no longer an expense for them, and they would have money to help with a Medicare-type proposal," Ryan said. In other words -- raise taxes.

Ryan said he would keep the tax cuts for small business, entrepreneurs, and research and development into wind and solar energy.

"But there's no way, at a time of maximum profits, maximum corporate profits, maximum income inequality, that we should be giving tax cuts to the top 1 percent. I'll tell you why, because next year, we'll have a $1 trillion deficit."

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