Schilling: "Bustos Wants to End Medicare As We Know It"

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

EAST MOLINE, Ill.--U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) and President Obama are fighting to end Medicare as we know it, and nearly 50 percent of Illinois seniors on Medicare Advantage are about to lose their plans, with some set to lose their coverage as early as this year.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the more than $700 billion in Medicare cuts in Obamacare will result in 7.4 million seniors losing their Medicare Advantage plans.

Politifact famously called President Obama's empty promise "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" the 2013 Lie of the Year. That's because millions of Americans are losing their health insurance under Obamacare. This empty promise is now affecting seniors on Medicare Advantage as well, as nearly half of the 15 million seniors on Medicare Advantage will lose their coverage by 2017.

Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the Illinois 17th District, said treating seniors this unfairly is completely unacceptable.

"Obamacare is a speeding train running off the rails, and seniors and the middle class are stuck on board," Schilling said. "Obamacare has already forced millions of Americans to lose their health care plans, with millions more facing skyrocketing insurance premiums and higher deductibles and co-pays. Now Obamacare is attacking seniors by taking away their Medicare Advantage plans."

"Congresswoman Cheri Bustos supports Obamacare and continues to defend it despite its horrifying impact on seniors and the middle class," Schilling continued. "It's clear that Bustos is not concerned with the financial realities folks are facing here at home. The people of our district deserve better."

Bobby Schilling was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 27 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline).