Hey Paul Ryan, Your Budget Doesn’t Work for Families


By Mike Hall
AFL-CIO Senior Writer

Last night in Springfield, Mo., while more than 300 Republican insiders were paying up to $25,000 a head to hear a stump speech by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, more than 100 union and community activists were outside letting passersby know about Ryan’s and Mitt Romney’s plans to cut taxes for the wealthy and gut Medicare.


Activists included members of the Springfield Central Labor Council, Missouri Pro-Vote, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Locals 6312 and 6355, Carpenters Local 978, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 453 and 753, Letter carriers (NALC) Local 203, Missouri AFL-CIO, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood, Teamster Local 245 and United Transportation Union retirees.

Kay Mills from the coalition Missouri Pro-Vote told KSMU Public Radio:

I think everyone here comes together around the Ryan budget, which makes cuts to programs that have worked as safety nets for years. Cutting Medicare hurts seniors. It cuts Pell grants for college students. Repealing the Affordable Care Act makes cuts to all the programs in place that are helping women now. A million women in Missouri are now be helped by no-costs mammograms, cervical screenings, and pre-natal visits.

They also noted how closely Ryan’s House voting record mirrors that of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) the U.S. Senate candidate whose recent comments about “legitimate rape” have created outrage around the country. Said Crystal Brigman:

They both voted to defund Planned Parenthood and family planning programs for lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, access to contraception and education.

Kay Powell told KSPR 33 that it was a free Planned Parenthood mammogram that discovered breast cancer in friend who at the time couldn’t afford preventive health care. Since then, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act became law and now insurance companies are required to cover preventive services including mammograms at no-cost to the patient. Romney and Ryan want to repeal the health care reform law.


This has been reposted from AFL-CIO.

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