Healthcare Reform Quote of the Day

On October 4, 2010, in Health Care, by edwardpan

“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” — Thomas Sowell

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Hare hurts jobs in 17th with Healthcare vote

On April 15, 2010, in Health Care, by edwardpan

Soon after the health care bill passed, a number of companies, including Caterpillar and Deere, announced that the bill would reduce their profits by $100 to $200 million. Why did they do this? It is a move required by the Securities and Exchange Commission. All companies have to announce any material loss in income due to government legislation in the quarter that the legislation passed.

Henry Waxman, chair of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, soon afterward sent a letter to Caterpillar and Deere, demanding that they produce their analysis of the impact of the health care bill on their profits as well as any documents, including emails, that discussed the impact of the health care bill on their bottom line.

Waxman’s message was clear: he felt that the companies–which were not fond of reform and made no bones about it–announced their profit reductions to embarrass him and he was going to make them pay.

Ultimately, he realized that any hearing was going to make him look ridiculous–badgering companies who were complying with SEC regulations was going to get him no points, and he had already made his point–mess with him and he will use his committee to silence you.

The ranking republican member of the committee, Joe Barton (who also happened to be one of the first members of congress to support Bobby Schilling) took to the floor of the house to denounce Waxman’s machinations and describe them for what they were–an abuse of power.

Where was Phil Hare this whole time? In the WGEM tapes from his April 1, Quincy townhall he said that he would go to national publications, such as Politico, and defend Caterpillar and Deere against these vicious attacks against them and their employees. Why did he break his promise?

It is time to bring some restraint and integrity to Congress. It’s time to elect Bobby Schilling.

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“Where’s Phil?”

EAST MOLINE, IL– Bobby Schilling, the Republican Candidate for the Illinois 17th Congressional District, declared the Democratic Party is attempting to intimidate companies who fail to yield to the party’s agenda. Democratic leadership recently demanded that the CEOs of John Deere and Caterpillar appear before Congress and surrender company documents, a move that has apparently met with the tacit approval of the district’s current Congressman, Phil Hare.

“Our Congressman cannot even muster the smallest protest to this threat to our community’s jobs and livelihoods while he marches in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, and the liberal California Congressmen who run our government,” Schilling said.

On March 26th, Rep. Henry Waxman, the Chair of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, issued letters to the CEOs of Caterpillar and John Deere, the two largest employers in the 17th district, demanding that they turn over any and all documents and emails related to their recent earnings statements and that they testify before Congress to explain their actions. Both companies, along with a host of other Fortune 500 companies, announced that the latest healthcare legislation will lower future profits by hundreds of millions of dollars, which will hurt their employees as well as the economies they are located in. The companies explained in their announcements that they had to estimate the legislation’s impact on profits soon after the legislation passed in order to comply with SEC regulations.

Schilling said that these “companies employ thousands of workers in our district, and the recently passed healthcare legislation will cost each company hundreds of millions of dollars. More importantly, the legislation takes away any incentive these companies have to provide retiree drug benefits. By merely reporting these facts, as they are required to do by the Financial Accounting and Standards Board, Chairman Waxman has decided to rake them over the coals and bring their CEOs to DC for what will amount to little more than a show trial.

“Given Hare’s silence on the subject, it seems that when he has to choose between loyalty to his party’s leadership and jobs in his district, he sticks with his party bosses. My loyalty will always be to the jobs of the men and women who live and work in the 17th district of Illinois.”

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Schilling Condemns Violence and Threats

On March 25, 2010, in Health Care, by edwardpan

March 25, 2010

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Schilling Condemns Violence and Threats
Says debate should go on

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Says Hare should have actually read the bill

EAST MOLINE, IL–Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the IL-17 District, criticized the new healthcare law for having a gap in protection for children with pre-existing medical conditions. According to the spokesperson for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which was responsible for writing a large part of the recently passed bill, the new law still allows insurance companies to refuse new coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Schilling said that Rep. Hare owes an explanation and possibly, a retraction of former statements about the bill’s merits.

“This is a shame,” said Schilling. “Again the federal government and our representatives have misled us. They made this bill sound as if it would fix all of our problems. Clearly it does not. Rep. Hare would have known about this new loophole if he had read the bill. He should apologize for misleading the people of his district.”

Schilling, a native of Rock Island. graduated from Alleman High School and attended Black Hawk College. Schilling, a local business owner and father of ten children, is the Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Bobby is running on a platform of bring jobs and real representation back to the 17th District. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city “Bob’s for Jobs” tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the 17th District.

For more information about Bobby Schilling please visit his website at http://www.bobsforjobsblog.com

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Check out Bobby’s op-ed on BigGovernment.com

All over the country, voters have been flooding their representatives with calls, letters and emails urging them to kill the current healthcare bill. Instead of killing the healthcare bill, Congress is now talking about the “Slaughter solution.”

Don’t be confused. The “Slaughter solution” has nothing to do with killing the bill. It is actually named after Democratic congresswoman Louise Slaughter, chair of the House Rules Committee. It is a backdoor, parliamentary procedure in which the House can pass the healthcare bill without even voting on it. Certain members of Congress think that the American people are so stupid that this backdoor trick will actually work in fooling them.

It won’t work.

In 1994, the Democrat controlled Congress tried to pass the same type of healthcare overhaul, except this time they called it “Hillarycare.” While Hillarycare didn’t pass, it led to the biggest overturn in power since President Truman. Voters were outraged that Congress even tried such a power grab. I can’t imagine they will react any differently if Congress actually goes through with this overhaul—let alone pass it through a cowardly backhanded technique.

If the liberals in Congress plan on using a backdoor option to push this monstrosity through, then they better start packing their bags right now.

Is this the type of “change” that Americans voted for in 2008? Is this the quality and type of “leadership” that we expect of our representatives? Heck, I don’t expect this type of cowardice from my 2-year old daughter Sophia, let alone grown men and women in Congress.

Our Congressional leaders need to be just that: Leaders. We didn’t elect our representatives to go to Congress and hide behind an unconstitutional parliamentary procedure and a kooky congresswoman from San Francisco. We elected them to vote on our behalf and represent us. If our elected representatives are truly doing their job and representing their constituents, then they should be proud of the votes that they cast.

I am going to challenge all members of Congress, including my opponent Rep. Phil Hare, to cast an up or down vote on Healthcare. Not only am I going to challenge them to cast a vote on healthcare, I challenge them to fight against the “Slaughter solution.” Prove that you are not just a rank and file “yes-man.” Have the courage to stand up for what is right. This is your chance to prove that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t control every decision that you make on the floor.

If you are going to push this extreme leftist agenda on the American people, then you should at least have the guts to put your name to it.

This Sunday, 3/21, is the deadline that leaders in Congress have set for the Healthcare bill. This Sunday, 3/21, is also the deadline for our campaign’s money-bomb fundraising drive against this health care monstrosity. We have been petitioning our supporters and people across the country to show their opposition to this healthcare overhaul by donating money to our campaign. It should be clear that we are going to Congress to stop or repeal this egregious piece of legislation.

To donate go to www.bobby321.com

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Hare Votes for ‘Slaughter’ Rule

On March 19, 2010, in Health Care, by edwardpan

Check it out. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll129.xml

It makes me wonder how he would feel if President Bush had used this to ram through his Social Security reform. Just another reason for un-electing our misrepresentative.

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Schilling Demands Vote on Healthcare

On March 16, 2010, in Health Care, by edwardpan

Says voters deserve honest, straightforward leaders

EAST MOLINE, IL–Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, issued the following statement today in regard to the healthcare debate:

“Congress should not use tricky back door maneuvers to pass this healthcare overhaul. All of our elected leaders, including Congressman Hare, should take a leadership role with an up or down vote. If this healthcare bill is going to be as great as they say it is, then there is no reason for our representatives to be hiding behind Nancy Pelosi. They should be proud of where they stand on the issue, especially if they are truly representing their constituents. We elected our Congressional leaders to ‘lead’ not cower behind parliamentary procedures. The least that they owe us is an open and honest, up or down vote on the biggest issue since our nation was founded.”

Schilling, a native of Rock Island. graduated from Alleman High School and attended Black Hawk College. Schilling, a local business owner and father of ten children, is the Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Bobby is running on a platform of bring jobs and real representation back to the 17th District. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city “Bob’s for Jobs” tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the 17th District.

For more information about Bobby Schilling please visit his website at http://www.bobsforjobsblog.com

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The Problem with the Current Reform Plan

On March 1, 2010, in Health Care, by edwardpan

Below is a great video that shows the true concerns over this current health care proposal. Listen to Rep. Paul Ryan as he explains.

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