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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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