Major General (retired) Bill Enyart today continued his listening tour to hear directly from Southern Illinois seniors concerned about how Washington politicians could threaten people's retirement. Enyart met with seniors at Mascoutah Senior Center to talk about Republicans' party platform that proposes cutting Medicare and forcing Southern Illinois seniors to pay as much as $6,000 more for their health benefits and rationed care. Enyart, who spent the last 35 years serving Illinois in the military, pledged to protect Medicare and fight the Ryan plan that protects tax breaks for billionaires, oil companies, and corporate outsourcers.
"Southern Illinois seniors and families who have worked hard and saved for retirement can't suddenly be stuck paying $6,000 more for Medicare because politicians in Washington are as incompetent getting out of this budget mess as they were when they racked up trillions in debt," said Enyart. "We can't afford for Washington to cut Medicare and leave the middle class further behind. It's important to meet with folks across Southern Illinois about how these proposed cuts to Medicare would affect them and their families and what we can do to change the systemic failure in Washington to put regular people first."
Enyart, the son of a Navy firefighter, was raised with a deep commitment to service and the values of hard work and fairness. Early on, he worked alongside his father on the assembly line at Caterpillar -- a good job that helped his father take care of their family. For the past 35 years, Enyart has served Illinois in the military -- first as an enlisted man in the Air Force and then the Illinois National Guard where he rose to the rank of Major General and fought to keep bases and armories open to keep good jobs in the community.