To The Herald-Whig:
If you are a resident of the 17th Congressional District in Illinois you may have received a post card (recently) from our congressman. This post card was sent out from Washington under the guise of being official congressional business. It was sent out at no cost to the congressman or the tea party of which the congressman is apparently representing.
While the card is sent out free, you know someone is paying the postage. You know, the someone is the taxpayer of this great country.
The postcard talks about cuts in Medicare as the results of the president's health care law and how Medicare will be insolvent by 2020. Then the last statement on the card said: "We need to stop the scare tactics and political games, make responsible changes to save Medicare for the future generation, get our economy on track, and get people back to work."
I hope you can see the hypocrisy of this postcard. The purpose of the postcard was to scare the people of the 17th District into thinking that their Medicare benefits would be cut, premiums would be increased and the Medicare program would be insolvent by 2020 because of the new health care law.
The facts are the targets of the Medicare cuts in the health care law will be premiums paid to doctors, hospitals and the insurance companies administering the Medicare Advantage program over the next 10 years. We have been assured that no benefit to Medicare recipients will be cut. If the president and the Congress can work together, there should be no worry about Medicare becoming insolvent by 2020 or any time in the future.
These scare tactics are the very same tactics that got 32 percent of the tea party candidates elected in the last election.