40 million people 65 and older and eight million younger people with disabilities rely on Medicare for access to health insurance. The median income for these households is $25,000 a year, about $20,000 less than the average American household.
Yet Paul Ryan, Romney's former VP candidate, wants to eliminate Medicare as we know it.
He wishes to replace it with a "premium support" voucher program that would take away those government-provided benefits and impose heavy burdens on senior citizens and low-income beneficiaries in poor health.
Ryan has refused to include adequate safeguards that would protect seniors and low-income citizens from skyrocketing healthcare costs, meaning that the most at-risk Americans who couldn't afford healthcare insurance under the plan would go uncovered and unprotected.