As chair of the GOP House Budget Committee, Ryan wrote a budget that ends Medicare as a guaranteed healthcare plan and replaces it with untested voucher system for private insurance.
He subsequently agreed to a proposal to allow people over 55 to keep their existing plan. But the Congressional Budget Office says the Ryan plan will have the effect of driving up health care costs for everyone, including those over 55.
Since 2005, Ryan has also expressed strong support for President Bush's failed proposal to privatize social security.
In May of 2011, when Congress first considered the Ryan budget, CNN/ORC polled on its popularity.
Seventy-four percent of all senior citizens polled disapproved of the plan. Fifty-eight percent of Americans of all ages did not approve. Even 54 percent of self-described conservatives said they disapproved of the budget.
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