LIBERTYVILLE - Wednesday, the Dold campaign charged incumbent Democrat Brad Schneider of misleading seniors in the 10th CD when he denied ObamaCare would cut Medicare benefits during a 2012 WTTW debate.
Schneider, then the Democratic challenger, rebutted then-Congressman Bob Dold's point that ObamaCare would cut in senior health care benefits. Schneider insisted "not one penny" would be cut. (See Clip HERE.)
"Not only has Brad Schneider’s healthcare agenda slashed Medicare Advantage benefits for seniors to the tune of $150 billion hitting 10th District seniors with an average cut of $1,341 starting next year – but he misled seniors to believe these cuts would never happen," a Dold campaign release said Wednesday. "And he got caught on tape doing it."
A recently released study compared the pre-Affordable Care Act Medicare Advantage benefits with 2015 county-level estimates and determined that, on average, Medicare Advantage benefits will be slashed by $1341 per enrolled senior in Illinois 10th District.
Seniors across the country have already seen their Medicare Advantage plans cancelled and have been barred from continuing to see their primary care physician or specialist. According to the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Affordable Care Act will not only cut benefits to seniors, but by 2017 when the Medicare Advantage provisions are fully phased in, enrollment in the program will be cut by 50 percent, the campaign reported.
“As more 10th District seniors see their healthcare benefits disappear, Congressman Schneider’s approval rating will continue to disappear right along with them. It’s bad enough that he financed his healthcare agenda on the backs of seniors, and it's simply deplorable that he misled them about these cuts to go to Congress,” Dold Campaign Manager James Slepian said.