Paul Ryan Won’t Say why he Favors Slashing Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, DC – While on his book tour in Pensacola, Florida, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) refused to say why he favors slashing Medicare and Medicaid in order to fund $5 trillion in tax breaks for millionaires and corporations.

To see the video of Rep. Paul Ryan not answering the Florida senior who asked him about his position, go to

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“If a politician is going to cut the benefits of the seniors who earned them, he could at least discuss the matter,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

“I can see where he would dislike the question – who wants to defend the indefensible?” Fiesta asked.

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The Alliance for Retired Americans is a national organization that advocates for the rights and well-being of over 4.3 million retirees and their families.