House Speaker Paul Ryan is determined to raise as much money as possible to fuel his own rise, and his party's, no matter how many people's health may suffer in the process.
With almost two-thirds of the state legislatures in the country under GOP control, a ratified constitutional amendment is a possibility, although a long shot.
Part One: Mitt Romney
Part Two: Newt Gingrich
Part Three: Ron Paul
Part Four: Rick Santorum
Part Five: Barack Obama
Mike Ludwig is an investigative reporter at Truthout and a contributor to the Truthout anthology, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Follow him on Twitter: @ludwig_mike.