Congressman Ryan Hides After Trying to Attack Medicare in San Francisco

From Don Bechler of Single Payer Now

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) came to SF on May 24 to raise funds for his attacks on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Gay Marriage. He is the point person for the 1% attacks on our social investments. He was scheduled to speak at the GAP headquarters, but the GAP told him to move his fundraiser after massive outrage by the gay and healthcare communities.

He then cancelled his fundraiser at the GAP.

Activists from the California Alliance for Retired Americans, Gray Panthers, and Single Payer Now held a press conference at the GAP headquarters to denounce his attacks. We got coverage in both the San Francisco Chronicle and on KPFA radio.



  1. Jim on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Why was he fundraising in San Francisco, of all places? Wouldn’t that be like Barbara Boxer doing a fundraiser in Alabama?

  2. Lana Carson on June 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Ha seriously Jim. Or Cheney or Obama fundraising at a Code Pink meeting.

  3. Sir Real on June 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    He was in S.F. with an invitation in hand from the executives at GAP. They are, naturally in the top percent of the one percent and the massive tax burden on them is stifling their ability to really enjoy their vast riches. It’s all that healthcare we seniors and the poor inflict of them. You should just die in the gutter like they do in some of the countries they contract work to. Outrage from protestors and the possibility of financial backlash from their support of Ryan scared the hell out of them so they acted to protect their personal interests. I’m sure they all simply went to a more exclusive location to plot their revenge. Now you know who you support when you slip into that $70 GAP sweat shirt made in Indonesia by poor women and six year olds. The Job Creators are akin to Gods,so they think. On your knees and worship their magnificence.

  4. Grover Syck on June 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Social security, Medicare, and Medicade must be preserved with out major cuts.

    The top 2% should be paying a 39% tax rate, not be getting more cuts.

    It is the middle class that are the job creators, not the upper class.

    • Michael on June 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I can remember a time in the Eisenhower days when the top tax rate (on incomes over $1 million) was 92%. Even to this tax-and-spend socialist, that seems excessive. But the rich should be paying their fare share, and at this point in time they are not. Romney is already paying lower taxes than most of us, since his income is “unearned,” and he wants to become president so he can lower it still further – as base a motive as I’ve seen, and I’ve been on this earth since the third FDR administration.

  5. KenS on June 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Breaking news! Comparable rally and press conference here in Washington, D.C. In my dreams.

  6. Madison Native on June 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Paul Ryan is an embarrassment to Wisconsinites. He and Walker – along with the Tparty congress – are the agents of change alright. Agents of change that have set Wisconsin and America on the fast track to draconian policy with an emphysis on protecting their own while perpetuating the destruction of the rest of us. SHAME!

  7. Ruth-Ann on June 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Ryan should an embarrassment to all forward-thinking people. And just what was he thinking trying to raise funds for his attacks on gays in San Francisco not to mention social security, medicare and medicaid. It just goes to show us that most of the politicians have their heads in a dark hole, but it isn’t the sand.

    Medicare should be universal and open to everyone regardless of age. It would mean healthier people. The health of the country is only as good as the health of the people.