Three Democratic congressional candidates are expecting Medicare to be a political issue. Candidates Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider and Bill Foster want to maintain Medicare. They say how their opponents vote on the House budget proposal will reveal their position on Medicare. They are running against U.S. Reps. Joe Walsh (R-McHenry), Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale), respectively.
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The House-proposed budget would end Medicare while giving tax cuts to billionaires and special interests, according to the congressional candidates. “The House budget that Joe Walsh and the Tea Party support once again fails the test of balance, fairness and shared responsibility,” Duckworth said. The three Democrats say reducing the deficit by cutting wasteful spending and ending tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas is the best approach. “Bob Dold voted to end Medicare as we know it last year and it looks like he is ready to do it again,” Schneider said of his opponent. “He wants to leave [senior citizens] on their own to try and buy coverage from insurance companies with a voucher that they know won’t cover the cost of insurance.” The House budget would reduce spending by $5.3 trillion over the next decade. If it passes out of committee it could be voted on as early as next week.