Statements about Medicare

Says U.S. Senate rival Tommy Thompson said he wants to "do away with Medicare."

Says GOP U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin "voted twice to end Medicare."

Says U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal "eliminates Medicare" in 10 years.

"(U.S. Reps.) Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble are … shutting down town hall meetings, or making their constituents pay to attend them."

"Before Medicare, only 51 percent of Americans 65 and older had health care coverage and nearly 30 percent lived below the poverty line. Today, thanks to Medicare ... nearly all seniors have coverage and 75 percent fewer struggle in poverty."

Says Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling offered "unqualified support" for a plan to end Medicare

Says state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf wants to "eliminate Medicare" as we know it.

Says U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan promised to "end health care for our seniors."

One of every two Wisconsin residents are "on some kind of government handout."

Says President Barack Obama’s debt commission recommended converting Medicare "to a system where Medicare participants are given a voucher to purchase insurance in the private market."

The newly proposed House Republican budget "abolishes Medicare within 10 years."

Says "Russ Feingold cut Medicare by $523 billion."

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