ThinkProgress » Facing A Potential Upset Over Medicare, Jane Corwin Flip-Flops On Ryan Plan As voters in New York's 26th congressional district prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, many observers are predicting an upset in this heavily-Republican district. The special election has been viewed as a referendum on the House Republican plan to privatize Medicare, with polls showing Republican Jane Corwins support for the plan dragging her down significantly in a district that has elected only three Democrats since 1857. According to a recent Siena poll, 21 percent of voters say Medicare is their top issue, and Democrat Kathy Hochul leads by 29 points among those voters. A new PPP poll shows Hochul up six points. Facing this grim reality, Corwin backed off her support for the GOP plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) just two days before the election: The problem is with all the commercials and all the people being inundated, theyre hearing the lies, she said. And thats why Im out here telling the truth. At the end of the day, people will have to decide. But I just want everyone to be clear on what my position is. She calls Ryans plan a terrific first step but makes clear that she will never support controversial vouchers for Medicare. Its starting a conversation that we absolutely have to have, but Im not married to it, she said. I certainly would entertain any proposals that would improve any of these programs. Ive been saying the same thing since Day One. <more?