Republican Lawmakers Face Angry, Confused Constituents on Medicare, Budget Cuts
Americans are particularly concerned, and somewhat confused, about the proposal to overhaul Medicare, a central feature of the Wisconsin congressman's proposal.
Under the plan, starting in 2022, senior citizens would be able to shop for coverage on insurance exchanges set up by their state, but instead of the federal government paying for every service as it currently does, each Medicare beneficiary would be allotted a certain amount of money based on their income.
The age of Medicare eligibility would increase by two months every year until it reaches 67 in 2033.
"What you're doing with this Ryan budget is you're taking Medicare and you're changing it from a guaranteed health care system to one that's a voucher system where you throw seniors ... on the mercy of for-profit insurance companies," railed one attendee at a town hall held by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Penn.
In New Hampshire, Rep. Charlie Bass heard similar complaints.
"This is just salt in the wound," a constituent told the freshman Republican.