Budget Would Upend Vital Programs - AARP AARP: (Ryan) Budget Would Upend Vital Programs and Shift Costs to Older Americans FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2011 CONTACT Media Relations 202-434-2560 AARP: Budget Would Upend Vital Programs and Shift Costs to Older Americans Acknowledges bipartisan effort needed to strengthen Social Security WASHINGTON AARP Executive Vice President Nancy A. LeaMond released the following statement in reaction to the budget proposal released today by U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: AARP believes that as Members of Congress consider proposals to address our nations fiscal challenges, they must be mindful of the impact on real people, not just the numbers. While the House Budget Committee Chairmans proposal offers new ideas for confronting the deficit, AARP believes the proposal lacks balance and would result in a large cost shift to current and future retirees. The Chairmans proposal, rather than tackling skyrocketing health care costs, would simply shift these costs onto the backs of people in Medicare. It would undermine Medicares promise of secure health coveragea guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work. If Congress is serious about reining in Medicare costs, it can start by allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices and speeding up access to generic versions of expensive biologic drugs..."