First-term Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) has been the recipient of sharp questions from constituents this week about the House Republican budget and its proposed changes to Medicare.
According to CNN, Meehan was pressed at town-hall events about whether the plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would eliminate Medicare for people in their fifties.
"Did you not vote for Paul Ryan's bill?" one attendee asked Meehan at a town hall on Wednesday. "Well, that is to abolish Medicare and give people some money. It will not be the Medicare that we know."
"I said if you voted to abolish Medicare, how will you explain that to people who are in their fifties who are out of work, that they will have not the Medicare that I have?" the woman asked.
Meehan denied that he voted to abolish Medicare.
"No ma'am, I did not vote to abolish Medicare," Meehan said. "And that is factually untrue."
But he stood by his vote for the Ryan plan.
"I voted for the Ryan plan, let's be clear from the outset, to talk about what was in the proposal. Now this is a blueprint," Meehan said. "What Paul Ryan has put out is a blueprint. A sense of what we'd like to do, a direction that we'd like to go in."
Republicans passed Ryan's budget last week in a party-line vote with only four defections.
Democrats are trying to make the GOP budget a campaign issue. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting Republicans in what they consider vulnerable districts with ads highlighting their vote for the Ryan plan.
Although Meehan is not on the DCCC's list, he says that people in his district (previously held by Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak) are trying to demagogue him and put him in a "defensive position politically."
"To the extent that people are going to demagogue this from a political perspective it can be twisted and turned in a way in which they try to misrepresent things and put you in a defensive position politically," Meehan told CNN.
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