Schwartz Voted to Cut Medicare by $700 Billion

Schwartz Voted to Cut Medicare by $700 Billion...

(ROCKLEDGE, PA)… This week, Ardsley native, Veteran Marine Fighter Pilot, and Delta Captain Joe Rooney was endorsed for Congress by Pennsylvania Congressmen Jim Gerlach, Pat Meehan, Mike Fitzpatrick and Charlie Dent.  On the heels of their endorsement, Fiscal Conservative Congressional Candidate Joe Rooney sent the following letter to his opponent Allyson Schwartz:

Sent via Mail, Email and Fax

Dear Ms. Schwartz,

Why did you vote to cut Medicare by over 700 Billion dollars? You are destroying Medicare for families and seniors and not working to protect us here at home.

Why did you vote to gut Medicare, not just once, but repeatedly? You voted to ration health care and place nameless, faceless bureaucrats in charge of our health care here at home.  That’s just plain wrong.


Simply put, you cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare to pay for rationing health care, and empowered a board of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to gut Medicare and hurt us.  We don’t need rationing and we sure don’t need more government bureaucrats. 

Fact: Congressional Budget Office (CBO):  Latest estimate for Obamacare’s Medicare cuts are $ 741 Billion. (Source:  “Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision,” Congressional Budget Office, July 2012)

Congresswoman Schwartz, you need to explain to taxpayers why you consistently vote against us.  As always, the taxpayers and I await your answer to these very important issue questions. 


Joe Rooney

Candidate for Congress


Please reply to:

Joe Rooney

Joe Rooney for Congress

P.O. Box 989

Glenside, PA 19038

Fax (267) 287-8919


                                    Paid for by Joe Rooney for Congress


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Marc Lombardi August 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Additionaly, Tom, you linked to an OpEd piece by a conservative blogger. His OPINION is that small, liberal-arts colleges that were previously paying a couple hundred dollars for insurance plans with limited payouts arenow going to go up in price ten fold? Well it's a good thing that the ACA allows children up to 26 years old to stay on their parents' insurance. It's a good thing that the ACA is eliminating the use of such insurance programs that actually do nothing but DRIVE UP the cost of insurance for others.
Marc Lombardi August 28, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Tim: Factcheck.org is a non-profit, non-partisan, consumer protection organization. You may not like what they uncover, but they are far from biased. Not all "media" is the "liberal media" that the conservatives like rant about as if they're ghost stories around the campfire.
Tim Lewis August 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Why is the cost of health care in the US so high? Many reasons, none of which are addressed by Obamacare. Two of the most prominent are 1) Too many unnecessary procedures ordered to protect from lawsuits 2) The relentless pursuit of baby boomers to realize the immortality they thought was once theirs by right.
Joe Koenig August 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I wasn't using talking points, an article on that right wing blog, Huffington Post. Anyway, it's not a tax, it's a penalty, right?? I believe there needs to be reform, but come on, this does address many of the uninsured, does not reform much in costs and treatment. Ten years from now, we will face a crisis in funding ACA. It will cost much more than estimated because our wonderful politicians will pander and give away more entitlements w/o revenue. It's a crappy bill, put together with crappy deals, wit,h I believe, crappy results. You know we can do better!!!
Smedley August 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM
The main reason Healthcare in the US is twice as high as the next highest country is PROFIT FOR INSURANCE AND DRUG COMPANIES. Simple as that. Insurance companies make money, Lots of it, Before we get healthcare. I don't care for Allyson Schwartz either. Mark did you say Nate Kleinman. I believe I'll be writing him in myself. Good Choice.
Joe Koenig August 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
WOW!! Profit motive, what a novel idea. That's how companies pay their employees, owners and stockholders. NO PROFIT, NO COMPANIES, NO EMPLOYEES. Just remember for every government employee, it takes many people working for a profit to pay for them.
Smedley August 29, 2012 at 02:36 AM
What a novel idea. Profit on peoples health. No profit, no health care. That's good if you're rich. If you're not, chances are you'll get poor or no healthcare. Not a good way to take care of a society. It's one of the reasons we're going broke as a country.
Curmudgeon August 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
wawawawawawa boohooboohooboohoo let's take care of society, waaa waaa waaa waaa. the poor, the children, the old, the helpless, YOU ARE THE HOPELESS Smedley, you schmedrick!!!
Mohandus Frieri August 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Joe Rooney is simply not telling the truth. We have another example of the GOP relying upon voter suppression, lies and cheating in order to gain advantage in the absence of any authenticity, character or merit. Curmudgeon is a loser. Where's your mother?
Smedley August 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
wawa boohoo. Great answer Curmudgeon. The kind of answer you use if you don't have anything intelligent to say.
Curmudgeon August 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Ther you go again MohandASS: Nice comeback. You're really quick!!
Tom Bartman August 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM
They SHOULD be campaigning on voter ID. I'd be... Voting should not be convenient.
Mike Shortall Sr August 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Nice, Marc ... It was a disgrace how Schwartz's campaign manhandled him out of the primary. http://crankymanslawn.com/2012/03/09/lady-allyson-of-the-1/
Mike Shortall Sr August 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Well, Joe. we needed to pass the bill to find out what was in it!
Mike Shortall Sr August 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Well, if you want to talk about suppression, you should read the link I porovided about how Schwartz suppressed Democrat choices for the PA Primary!
Mohandus Frieri August 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
The underlying premise of this letter is untruthful. That Allyson suppressed candidates is irrelevant if the premise is a lie. FoxNews talking points.
Tom Bartman August 30, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Obamacare is more government dependency which progressive salivate over. It would be very successful in Europe but not here. If you want more progressive ideals, big gov't, more debt and more dependency - Obama is your guy. Just punish the rich people as the answer. He's the guy progressives thought would bring 'fundamental change' to America until the nation stood up in the mid-terms. Happy voting and don't forget your ID!
Tim Lewis August 30, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Nobody yet has explained exactly how it is based on something that isn't true. Same with the Welfare work requirements. If you think these are lies, I feel sorry for you.
Smedley August 30, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Mike wrote - "Well, if you want to talk about suppression, you should read the link I porovided about how Schwartz suppressed Democrat choices for the PA Primary!" The Republicans are no better. Last week they kicked the Constitution Party off the Ballot in November. They are now trying to remove the Libertarian Party. Both parties will do just about anything to make sure no one else can run. Some Democracy!
Mike Shortall Sr August 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Did they also threaten the opposition primary candidate with financial ruin if they continued to oppose them, as Schwartz's campaign did to Nate Kleinman???
Joe Koenig August 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I found the Republican attack on the Consitiution and Libertarian Parties nomination signatures to be dissapointing (apparently they found many of the Constitution Party signatures to be invaid though). I would hope that we could consider them to be gnats on a horse's ass. That being said, Allyson Schwartz's representation of the 13th Congressional district has been very dissapointing. I feel that if I call her office for constituent services (BTW Arlen Spector's staff was the best, Pat Toomey's leaves a lot to be desired) because I am in Montgomery County, I will be treated as an afterthought. Being visible, providing services for constituents goes a long way in making voters look past political party, Allyson must go!!!
MikeP August 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Don't you have any real ideas? You need to manufacture lies to win an election? The cuts to Medicare that you are writing about are cuts payments to insurance and doctors. These cuts were agreed to by the insurance industry and doctors because they would be offset by the revenue from the additional people who will be insured. There is zero cuts to coverage. There is no fundamental change to Medicare as we know it. The Republican plan is to fundamentally change Medicare by making it a voucher program. The government gives you a fixed amount for health care that will not cover the cost of health insurance. Why would anyone want to debate someone who is so dishonest? So you can have a forum for more of your disinformation and lies? You are pathetic.
MikeP August 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Hey Tom Bartman, are you aware that you live in a Democracy and that a wide mar,gin of Americans, Republicans, Democrats and Independants, support Social Security and Medicare? If the voters want the government to provide these services, it's their choice. I like how you selectively disparage europe. Europe has been making the same massive cuts in government spending that Republicans are proposing and the european economy is getting worse. Obamacare is about providing health care at a lower cost and covering more people. Yeah, I salivate over that while you support out of control growth in the cost of health care that will bankrupt this country. Punish the rich people? The wealthy are paying a lower tax rate than they have in over 100 years. The average middle class tax payer pays a higher tax rate than Romney. It's time for the wealthy to pay their fair share. If the election were today, Obama would win by a landslide. Keep dreaming.
MikeP August 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
The Republicans have not put out a plan. The root problem with Medicare is the out of control growth in the cost of health care. It's been out pacing the rate of inflation for decades. If the issue was the amount of people retiring, why does the Republican plan not apply to anyone over 55? The entire baby boomer generation is exempt. The Republican "solution" does nothing about the underlying problem. Their solution is to cap the amount the government pays and dump the problem on the individual. The Democrats did the best that they could to reduce health care costs despite Republican obstruction. Doctors, the insurance industry, pharma industry and hospitals all agreed to Obamacare. Only Republicans politicians were against it. The Ryan "budget" is a fraud. Example - It includes a $4.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy. When asked how he'll pay for the tax cut, Ryan claimed he'd get rid of tax shelters and loopholes. When asked which shelters or loopholes he'd eliminate, he provides zero details. He say the details will be worked out later. It's pure fantasy.
Tom Bartman August 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Mike, the government is not your mother. Stop salivating.
Smedley August 31, 2012 at 04:07 AM
On Tuesday, August 22nd, the Pennsylvania Constitution Party gave up the quest to have their Presidential Candidate, Virgil Goode on the 2012 PA Ballot. Though they had collected 175% of the required Signatures, they were forced off the Ballot by the GOP Challenge. Jim Clymer, Party Chair and their VP Candidate explained that the Pa Party could not afford the almost $100,000 in court costs that they might accrue. Jim commented “The Challenge represented a monolithic establishment party which is intent on denying people the opportunity to vote for anyone who might criticize it from a limited government non-interventionist perspective”.
Smedley August 31, 2012 at 04:24 AM
(apparently they found many of the Constitution Party signatures to be invalid ) They always say that. Just the fact that they say it will convince a lot of uninformed people that it's true. How did they decide that 44,000 were invalid? Do you think they actually looked up the 44,000 people to see if they were valid or not? A man named Carl Romanelli turned in 95,000 signatures to run as a minor party candidate in 2006. They never counted his signatures. He was not allowed to be on the ballot as a choice.
Michael J. September 07, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I am a member of the Democratic Party. They have never steered me wrong. Ms. Schwartz gets my vote. I can't trust the Republicans.
Michael J. September 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I am a member of the Republican Party. They have never steered me wrong. Joe Rooney gets my vote. I can't trust the Democrats.
OldNavy66 September 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
The affordable Care Act is only 35% about health care. The remaining cryptic elements and hidden funding packages establish the cornerstone for socialism and have only to do with these Progressives' drive for power. The moderate Democrats no longer exist and you have drunk deeply of the Cool-Ade. Try spending a couple of weeks reading ALL of Obamacare first, then post your opinion.


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