U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9) says Medicare beneficiaries would have to shoulder a severe financial burden if additional means testing is introduced into the program, as some federal proposals have recommended.
The congresswoman on Wednesday jointly released 150,000 petition signatures against means testing Medicare with national groups including the Medicare Rights Center and Social Security Works. The petition calls on President Barack Obama "to drop support of Medicare cuts," according to the groups.
"At least one in five seniors are already cutting back on health care because they can't afford it," Schakowksy said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. "Shifting more costs onto their shoulders is not the answer, especially when there are better solutions."
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she “has some optimism” that Congress
can pass immigration reform despite House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8)
announcing on Wednesday that House Republicans will not conference the
recent Senate bill.
a town hall meeting via teleconference Thursday evening, Duckworth told
Progress Illinois that the amount of the support for the issue may
overcome congressional Republican resistance to comprehensive
immigration reform, although she conceded that it will not be easy to
“It is not just Democrats who want this, I have spoken
with chambers of commerce and businesses that want to see comprehensive
immigration reform,” Duckworth said. “Where we are now won’t work. I
think we have an opportunity before the next election, but it’s going to
be a tough road.”