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The Bustos Medicare Plan: Raid, Slash, and Ration

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Location: East Moline, IL

Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) has a plan for Medicare--unfortunately, it's not a very good one. In addition to raiding $741 billion from Medicare and allowing the program to expire in 2024, the Bustos plan features a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats that would ration care and stand between seniors and their doctors.

"My opponent's plan for Medicare, if you can even call it that, is outrageous," Schilling said. "America made a promise to our seniors, and it's our duty to see that promises made are promises kept. I voted to restore $741 billion in Medicare funding--my opponent wants to just 'move on' from those unforgivable cuts. I voted to eliminate the IPAB board, a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats who literally decide which seniors get treatment and which seniors don't--my opponent wants to just 'move on' and let government stand between patients and doctors."

Bustos continues to indicate her support for both the $741 billion in Medicare cuts and for the IPAB Medicare rationing board. Over the weekend, the Obama campaign touted these drastic cuts to Medicare as an "achievement."

Schilling said that politicians have been playing political games with Medicare for far too long.

"We've had enough. No more games--it's time for solutions," Schilling said. "Medicare is set to go bankrupt in 2024. Period. That's bipartisan, unadulterated fact. I pledge to work to solve the problem, restore the $741 billion, and save Medicare. My opponent, on the other hand, refuses to join me in that pledge. She prefers to sit back, try to score a few cheap political points, and do nothing to save Medicare. We need a representative who will take the lead and make tough decisions."


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