Pelosi to Wisconsin to defend Medicare

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will appear in Wisconsin Thursday to highlight the Medicare cuts recently passed by House Republicans.

The location is no accident. 

Not only was Wisconsin the site of the recent standoff between state workers and the new GOP governor over government benefits, but the GOP Medicare cuts were the handiwork of Wisconsin Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R), who chairs the House Budget Committee.

Under Ryan's proposal, Medicare would remain largely unchanged for current beneficiaries and those now older than 55. For those now younger than 55, the bill would turn Medicare into a voucher-style system requiring seniors to buy their insurance from private companies. The Ryan plan also gradually increases Medicare's eligibility age, from 65 to 67, beginning in 2022.

Supporters, including most House Republicans, say the plan takes necessary, if unpopular, steps to shore up Medicare's finances in the face of soaring healthcare costs. But critics, including most Democrats, say it erodes a decades-old safety net at the expense of seniors. 

The House passed the Ryan budget on April 15. Four Republicans joined every Democrat in opposing the measure.

Pelosi will appear with Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Dems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Powerful House committee turns to drug pricing | Utah governor defies voters on Medicaid expansion | Dems want answers on controversial new opioid MORE (D-Wis.) at a senior center in Waunakee.