Letter:Schilling paper deceives Democrat constituents


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Posted Online: Nov. 02, 2012, 2:02 pm
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On Oct. 26, Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling delivered thousands of newspapers to his constituents. The heading reads, "The Illinois Democrat: The Working Families Voice." This newspaper was designed specifically to deceive Democratic voters. This shameful piece of propaganda should be disconcerting to all voters in his district.

Rep. Schilling says he supports a plan to, "save Medicare." That is a false statement. He supports a plan to change Medicare into a health care insurance premium cost assistance program. "Saving Medicare" would require a plan that increases revenue to maintain Medicare as a Federally guaranteed health insurance program. Such a plan is already the law, and it is called Obamacare.

Rep. Schilling says he supports a plan that will, "stop the (government's) ...$700 billion raid on the Medicare trust fund." This is a false statement that is bordering on the edge of offensive. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare, instituted a number of changes to bring down future health care costs in the program, not benefit payments. Under the new law, the overall Medicare budget is projected to go up for the foreseeable future.

The idea here is simple: reduce fraud and waste in medical billings and services to protect the benefits of the beneficiary. Obama's plan extends the life of the program's trust fund until 2024.

Repealing it would not only lower that date to 2016, but also increase the federal budget deficit by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Joshua Schipp,
Rock Island

















 



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