Schilling Op-Ed in Dispatch-Argus

On October 27, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

This election is about pursuing a new direction to get our economy back on track.

From day one, our campaign has been about lower taxes, less spending and more limited government. These principles provide the best path to prosperity for our communities, our nation, and our families. That is how we create jobs and provide the needed certainty for small businesses to expand this economy.

Over the past four years under Phil Hare’s watch we’ve seen unemployment double and the national debt skyrocket another $5 trillion. Illinois now ranks 48th out of the 50 states in job creation. We can’t continue taking our country backwards with the same policies that have failed us. Our children and grandchildren deserve a better, brighter future than the one we have today. That is our responsibility — to leave Illinois a better place than we found it.

Last week I challenged Congressman Phil Hare when he said to the Quincy Herald Whig, “in recent months the losses have been halted and jobs are being created. We’ve got job growth, we’re heading in the right direction.” Our country lost 95,000 jobs last month and Illinois has 10.1 percent unemployment. That’s not the right direction for our country. Empowering people, rather than the federal government, is the way forward.

Americans want to keep as much of their hard-earned money in their own pockets as they can, instead of sending more of their paycheck to Washington. As a successful, business-minded individual who understands the harsh realities of this struggling economy, I offer an alternative to our incumbent congressman.

I am the only candidate who has signed a pledge not to raise your taxes. I have proposed reasonable spending cuts and I offer a fresh voice of common sense to deal with Congress’ deficit spending. We live in the Land of Lincoln where Illinois’ greatest president once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Let’s heed Lincoln’s words again.

I want to go to Congress to represent people who don’t have a lobbyist in the Capitol or a loophole in the law.  If I am given the great honor of representing this area I will take responsibility and serve all of the people, not just one political party. We can do that by putting checks and balances back on our federal government and by returning government authority back to our state and local communities.

Rep. Hare’s voting record and his blind allegiance to Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda need to be cast aside. Rep. Hare voted in favor of the government take-over of health care and its $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, the National Energy Tax that will cost us 2.5 million jobs, the failed stimulus that sent our clean energy jobs to China, and the Wall Street Bailout that allowed corporate executives to receive mega-bonuses on the taxpayers’ dime.

I opposed these costly policies because they sent our jobs overseas, made America weaker, and increased our nation’s job-crushing debt. Rep. Hare can’t run from the status quo because he is the status quo.

I believe we need a balanced budget amendment. As your representative, I would work my fingers to the bone to protect these sacred priorities.

With every challenge brings new opportunity. I believe we must make difficult decisions and take these challenges head on with a new approach. We can put our economy back on track and put our families back to work building a brighter, more prosperous future. I’m Bobby Schilling and I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 2nd because the status quo today isn’t good enough for the Illinois of tomorrow.

Bobby Schilling of Colona is the GOP candidate for Congress in the 17th Congressional District.

Reason #15 to Vote Out Hare

On October 27, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #15: Phil Hare voted for the government
takeover of healthcare.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 15th reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #15 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare voted for the government takeover of healthcare.

This past March, the Democrat-controlled Congress passed one of the worst bait-and-switches in American history. They promised health insurance for everyone, lower costs, and complete transparency. Instead, they rammed through a bill with major tax increases, more job losses, back room deals, cuts in Medicare, and increased healthcare costs across the board.

Despite previous assertions to the contrary, President Obama recently said, “We didn’t think we were going to cover 30 million people for free.” That much is clear, as this enormous bill is set to cost $2.5 trillion over ten years.

The new bill adds more than $475 billion in new taxes to the tax code, including:

An individual mandate tax that forces small businesses to pay for their employees’ healthcare plans or pay a fee.
A ”1099″ tax requiring all small businesses to report any expenditures more than $600.
A “medical devices” tax that will raise healthcare costs for seniors, veterans and the disabled.
A 5% tax on cosmetic surgeries with no exception for trauma or disfiguring diseases.
A 10% tanning tax. 

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the healthcare bill will cost 1.6 million jobs by 2014. 

In addition to raising taxes, the bill cut more than half a trillion dollars from Medicare benefits for seniors. More than 105,000 seniors in Illinois will no longer have Medicare Advantage. The average cut per beneficiary will be $3,100.

Recent reports have also indicated that healthcare costs are still increasing. More than 23 million people will still be uninsured by 2019.

The bill is so bad that the senior congressional staff who helped write the law exempted themselves from having to comply with its privisions.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that the health care bill is just another in a long line of examples of Washington Democrats thinking they know better than the people they represent.

“The majority of Americans and people in Illinois disagreed with this approach to health care reform, yet Democrats rammed it through anyway,” said Frederick. “Passing legislation that pushes new taxes, kills job growth and cuts a half trillion dollars from Medicare for our seniors is no way to run a country. Illinois needs a change and this Democrat Congress has proved it is blind to the will of the people. If you want change, vote for Bobby Schilling on November 2nd.”

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Reason #8 to Vote Out Hare

On October 20, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #8: Phil Hare’s campaign is
based on falsehoods.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the eighth reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #8 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare’s campaign is based on falsehoods.

In a desperate attempt to avoid discussing his failed record, Phil Hare has focused his campaign’s message on attacking Bobby Schilling. He has released several advertisements that flat out lie about Schilling.

Four lies frequently told by Phil Hare:

Lie #1: Phil Hare says: “Schilling signed a pledge to protect tax breaks for corporations that send our jobs overseas.”

This is blatantly false. The Hare campaign cites the pledge Bobby Schilling signed with Americans for Tax Reform promising to oppose any tax increases. FactCheck.org and the AP have already debunked this claim. Nevertheless, Hare continues to tell known falsehoods hoping to mislead voters.

Lie #2: Phil Hare says: “Schilling will raise payroll taxes on Medicare and Social Security.”

While the Hare campaign misuses the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in Lie #1, they conveniently ignore it in Lie #2. Schilling signed the pledge for a reason: he doesn’t support any type of tax increase — including a tax increase on Medicare or Social Security.

Phil Hare again demonstrates his fluency in hypocrisy: he actually supports raising the cap on Social Security and Medicare taxes by 65%.

Lie #3: While on the campaign trail, Phil Hare has claimed Schilling supports privatizing Social Security and raising the retirement age.

Nothing could be further from the truth. According to Schilling’s issues section at his website: “I do not believe in privatizing Social Security, and I do not believe in raising the retirement age.”

Lie #4: Phil Hare says: “Schilling did not pay his taxes.”

Schilling released the following statement on October 8th, debunking this outrageous claim:

“I have always paid my taxes. Hare’s gross distortion of two outstanding business franchise filing fees with the Secretary of State’s Office from over 10 years ago reeks of desperation. Upon learning of the filings from the Secretary of State’s Office I immediately instructed my accountant to remedy the situation, and the filing fees for my business were properly handled in a timely manner. This issue has long ago been resolved, and my family and I are very proud of our restaurant business and the excellent reputation we have built with our friends and neighbors throughout Rock Island County.”

In short, the IRS was never involved, and the slanderous claim is blatantly false.

Communications director Bobby Frederick said that Americans deserve better than the misleading and desperate tactics of Congressman Phil Hare.

“Phil Hare’s dishonest tactics are exactly why Americans are sick and tired of politics,” Frederick said. “He needs to be taken to task every time he tells one of these tall tales on the campaign trail. When you are down in the polls and afraid to run on your record, the only thing left to do is deceive, and that is exactly what we are seeing from Phil Hare. Bobby Schilling’s campaign is focused on the issues that face our country, and I believe the people of Illinois will make that distinction on Election Day.”

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This weekend Phil Hare made several bogus claims regarding the new health care legislation that are simply not true.

Most notably, Hare said the new legislation would strengthen Medicare, reduce the deficit, and lower premiums across the board. All three of these claims are patently false and voters should take everything Phil Hare says with a grain of salt until he corrects the record. Below is a brief fact-check on some of Hare’s claims that stretch the truth and defy reality.

Strengthening Medicare?

Phil Hare says the $500 billion cut to Medicare in the new health care law “eliminates $500 billion in waste, fraud, and abuse, extending the solvency of Medicare by at least nine years.” That’s not true. The truth is these cuts were put into place by Democrats to help offset the massive costs of the government take-over of health care in attempt to sell the legislation to the public. That $500 billion in Medicare cuts will negatively affect seniors and Americans with disabilities. Here are the facts:

Almost three quarters of Medicare Advantage (MA) cuts hit those with incomes of less than $32,400 a year.
Average MA beneficiary will lose 15% of benefits.
The cuts will potentially harm future solvency of Medicaid and Medicare Part D.
The average MA enrollee will receive $3,714 less per year in the value of his or her coverage by 2017, a 27 percent reduction.
According to the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the MA cuts in the legislation reduce enrollment in those plans from 14.8 million to just 7.4 million by 2017. And the benefits still covered by MA plans will be much less generous than they are now.

Deficits Will Go Down?

Phil Hare says that a vote to repeal the health care legislation is a vote to increase deficits and that the new legislation is “reducing the deficit.” That’s not true. Earlier this year a Wall Street Journal editorial stated that “Never before has a vast new entitlement been sold on the basis of fiscal responsibility, and one reason ObamaCare is so unpopular is that Americans understand the contradiction between untold new government subsidies and claims of spending restraint.” Here are the facts:

Delaying the starting date of the health care implementation hides the true cost of the new health care law. The plan calls for 10 years of offsets for only 6 years of benefits. Americans are paying the costs up front before they get the bulk of the proposed benefits. No one pays the full cost of a new car over four years before they even get the chance to drive it.
The legislation didn’t include the $371 billion “doc fix” for Medicare reimbursement adjustments (which Democrats said would be part of separate legislation) over 10 years. When this reimbursement adjustment is included, the true cost would completely wipe out any assumed savings in the health care legislation alone.
Governments do an awful job of predicting how much money they will spend. Medicare cost projections were 10 times lower than expected when it was proposed.
The CATO Institute projects that the legislation will cost far more than advertised, more than $2.7 trillion over 10 years of full implementation, and will add $352 billion to the national debt over that period. The new law will increase taxes by more than $669 billion between now and 2019, and the burdens it places on business will significantly reduce economic growth and employment.

Premiums Are Lower Across the Board?

Phil Hare says that the new legislation is “driving premiums down for families across the board.” That’s not true. The truth is premiums are rising because of the minimum benefits mandates that federal bureaucrats are placing on insurers. Here are the facts:

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services now estimates that the new law increases health care spending by 6.3 percent each year.
Premiums and prices are increasing, in some cases by up to 20 percent.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in the individual market premiums will increase 27 to 30 percent.

Other Developing Concerns?

Phil Hare says the new law will improve access, but new regulations that require companies like McDonalds to spend a certain percentage of their premiums on benefits may be causing some employers to drop coverage all together.
Phil Hare says you can pick which doctor you want to see, but the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that the U.S. healthcare reform law will worsen a shortage of physicians. Reuters reported that the group’s Center for Workforce Studies released new estimates that showed shortages would be 50 percent worse in 2015 than forecast.
Hare now says the legislation is Constitutional even though he said last spring “the Constitution didn’t matter.” While the new law undoubtedly raises complex legal questions, there remain legitimate concerns regarding the use of federal fines through the Commerce Clause as a means to indirectly regulate activities. If Phil Hare believes the federal government can force you to buy health care what else does he believe the federal government can mandate of a private individual through the Commerce Clause?

The fact of the matter is Hare voted to cut Medicare by $500 billion, the legislation will raise the deficit, and premiums are currently rising. Voters know better than to believe Phil Hare’s misleading characterization of the new law. Misrepresenting the facts of the new legislation to the voters is wrong, but I would like to give Phil Hare the chance to correct the false assumptions and misleading statements he made in defense of his vote for the government take-over of health care.

Bobby Schilling wrote the following op-ed for the Quad Cities Online.

Phil Hare has voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda an astounding 98.8 percent of the time and his blind support for the government take-over of health care was no exception. Hare can’t run from his record of constantly taking away individual and state rights to further expand a massive and growing federal government.

Bragging that he “helped craft this legislation from the very beginning” and that it was “the big win that ordinary people get,” Hare still fails to comprehend the public’s disdain for both the politics and procedure used to shove this legislation down our throats. Hare refuses to acknowledge the harsh realities of what this legislation will do to our country: raise taxes, increase our job-killing federal debt, and cut $500 billion from the Medicare system.

When Congress should have focused on fixing the economy and getting people back to work, Hare was instead operating behind closed doors piling endless layers of government bureaucracy into a 2,500 page bill that the American people opposed. And even though the Joint Economic Committee analysis shows ObamaCare created at least 159 new bureaucratic entities; 47 new agencies, boards, and commissions; 29 new demonstration and pilot programs; and six new regulatory systems and compliance standards, the Nancy Pelosis and Phil Hares in Congress still aren’t satisfied.

They demand more government control no matter the costs, no exceptions.

A Hudson Institute Fellow recently highlighted the negative impact of ObamaCare on jobs writing in the Washington Examiner that “Many businesses across America would applaud repealing the new health care law, freeing them of the upcoming requirement to pay $2,000 per worker per year beginning in 2014… Since the rule applies only to businesses of more than 50 workers, every 50-person business is trying to figure out how not to hire any more workers, and every 55-person business is trying to figure out how to lay off five workers.” The only jobs the bill creates are the 16,500 new IRS agents needed to collect the law’s $570 billion in projected penalties over the next decade. It’s a job killer and a debt driver.

The Democrats even slashed Medicare benefits by $500 billion to help fund the legislation, similar to the way Hare voted to raid the Social Security trust fund to pay for the state bailout fund last month. Unfortunately, Hare has already proven that he is willing to break the promises we made to our seniors if it means he gets the chance to write new government programs into law.

Hare claims costs will go down and coverage will be more affordable. However, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services now estimates that the new law increases health care spending by 6.3 percent each year. Premiums and prices are increasing, in some cases by up to 20 percent. To add insult to injury, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that in the individual market premiums will increase 27 to 30 percent.

While most Democrats across the country are distancing themselves from ObamaCare, and even proposing state waivers from its destructive mandates, Hare makes no apology for his desire to move even further left by imposing a massive “public option” to the new law. Hare’s liberal proposal would mean an even greater surrender to the federal government and total destruction of the private insurance market in America.

Hare and his allies will try to cast me as an uncompassionate critic of ObamaCare. However, I want to be clear in stating that I’m not anti-health care. I’m not opposed to ensuring we provide an adequate safety net for the people who can’t help themselves, such as children and individuals with pre-existing conditions. The health care system was never perfect, and serious reforms are needed.

But the first step is for Congress to repeal the harmful provisions in the bill and replace them with patient-centered and market-based reforms that encourage job creation, bend the cost curve down, increase access to quality medical care, and improve medical outcomes without damaging our economy or stealing Medicare from our seniors. One thing is for certain: expanding government is not the right answer, as Pelosi and Hare believe, during these difficult economic times.

Bobby Schilling of Colona is the GOP candidate for Congress in the 17th Congressional District.

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