Businessman Phil Scollo has made bipartisan reform, pragmatic common-sense and job creation early centerpieces of his campaign to represent the people of Northeast and Central Pennsylvania. Below is a statement from Scollo -- once again reaching across the aisle -- building on Congressman David McKinley's (R-WV) recent statements regarding the Ryan/Marino budget's impact on Medicare and seniors.
"Pennsylvania seniors deserve better. They worked hard all their lives and honoring our promises to our seniors is not, or at least should not be a partisan political issue it should be a national point of pride and unity.
Opposition to the Ryan/Marino budget is something many Republicans, Independents and Democrats agree on. As Republican U.S. Rep. McKinley said, this budget would privatize Medicare for future retirees thus ending the Medicare guarantee and doubling out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Pennsylvania's seniors, working families and future retirees cannot afford this enormous mistake and they don't deserve this serious slap in the face. My opponent, Congressman Tom Marino, voted for this budget twice, once for each year he has been in office. He owns its disgrace."
In part, Rep. McKinley's mailers said, "Congressman McKinley recently voted against the 2012 budget passed by the House because of the plan's negative impact on northern West Virginia seniors. The plan would privatize Medicare for future retirees, raise the retirement age and keep in place the Medicare cuts included in last year's healthcare bill. The Congressional Budget Office determined the plan would nearly double out-of-pocket healthcare costs for future retirees."