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Schwartz stresses importance of Medicare

“We will not let the Re­pub­lic­ans end the guar­an­tee of Medi­care.” — U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz

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U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz used her time at the po­di­um of the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Con­ven­tion in Char­lotte to is­sue a strong de­fense of Medi­care.

In her re­marks Sept. 4, Schwartz (D-13th dist.) de­scribed Medi­care as “Amer­ica’s great prom­ise of health care for our seni­ors.”

“As a daugh­ter who cared for an eld­erly par­ent, I know med­ic­al care is not op­tion­al for seni­ors,” she told del­eg­ates. “Amer­ic­ans have worked for their Medi­care. They have paid for their Medi­care. And wheth­er you’re 65, 55, 45 or 35, you’ve earned Medi­care.

“We will not let the Re­pub­lic­ans end the guar­an­tee of Medi­care — cost­ing our seni­ors thou­sands and en­dan­ger­ing the health and re­tire­ment se­cur­ity of mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans. Amer­ic­ans de­serve the se­cur­ity Medi­care provides. Pres­id­ent Obama will strengthen and pro­tect Medi­care. Demo­crats will make the tough choices — the right choices — to re­duce the de­fi­cit and to pre­serve Medi­care for this gen­er­a­tion and the next.”

Schwartz, a former state sen­at­or who is serving her fourth term in Con­gress, is the only wo­man in the 19-mem­ber Pennsylvania del­eg­a­tion. She was joined on the con­ven­tion stage by oth­er wo­men, in­clud­ing House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, Reps. Rosa De­Lauro of Con­necti­c­ut, Car­o­lyn Malo­ney and Nydia Velasquez of New York, Gwen Moore of Wis­con­sin and Donna Ed­wards of Mary­land and can­did­ates Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Tulsi Gab­bard of Hawaii.

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Mean­while, Joe Rooney is won­der­ing what Schwartz had to cel­eb­rate at the con­ven­tion.

Rooney, a Delta Air Lines pi­lot and former U.S. Mar­ine Corps fight­er pi­lot, is Schwartz’s Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger. He de­scribes him­self as a fisc­al con­ser­vat­ive and “in­de­pend­ent” Re­pub­lic­an.

The chal­lenger noted that the na­tion’s debt has sur­passed $16 tril­lion. In less than four years of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, the debt has ris­en about $5.4 tril­lion.

Rooney also poin­ted to de­creased prop­erty val­ues and an un­em­ploy­ment rate that has been above 8 per­cent each month of the Obama pres­id­ency.

In the eight years of George W. Bush’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, the av­er­age monthly un­em­ploy­ment fig­ure was 5.3 per­cent.

Rooney sent a let­ter to his op­pon­ent last week ask­ing for a de­bate.

“Please con­tact my cam­paign when you are back from your polit­ic­al party and you are pre­pared to dis­cuss your re­cord,” it con­cluded.

Schwartz’s of­fice de­clined to com­ment on Rooney’s re­quest.

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Wil­li­am Dun­bar, the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 177th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, has been en­dorsed by Con­ser­va­tion Voters of Pennsylvania.

“Wil­li­am Dun­bar is com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing our nat­ur­al re­sources,” said Josh McNeil, the group’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or.

Dun­bar is chal­len­ging Re­pub­lic­an Rep. John Taylor, who scored 31 per­cent in the group’s score­card of votes as­so­ci­ated with a bill that de­term­ined how much Mar­cel­lus Shale drillers should pay to ex­tract nat­ur­al gas. ••End­Frag­ment 

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