Campaign 2010

Oct 29, 2012

Jason Plummer’s Plan for Southern Illinois Seniors: Medicare Vouchers for Them

Unexplained millionaire tax cheat Jason Plummer will hold a Medicare roundtable today to try and cover up for praising a plan that would end the Medicare guarantee just to give millionaires like himself new tax breaks. It is estimated that Plummer and Republicans’ plan would cost seniors an additional $6,400 in health care costs and force them to negotiate directly with insurance companies while giving millionaires a $265,000 tax break.

“Southern Illinois seniors can’t afford Jason Plummer in Congress because he’ll end their Medicare guarantee just to give more tax breaks to millionaires like himself,” said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Plummer would force seniors to pay $6,400 more in health care costs, while making sure he’s lining his own pockets with new tax breaks.”

Background

Plummer is Worth Between $13.6 Million and $33.1 Million. “Plummer listed a personal worth -- excluding liabilities -- at between $13.6 million and $33.1 million” [Belleville News-Democrat, 8/20/12]

Plummer’s Campaign Avoids Payroll Taxes by Mischaracterizing Campaign Employees as “Consultants.” Plummer’s FEC reports show that he mischaracterizes his campaign employees as “consultants” and has not paid any payroll taxes. [2011 Year-End Report, filed 1/31/12; 2012 Pre-Primary Report, filed 3/8/12; 2012 Q1 Report, filed 4/15/12; 2012 Q2 Report filed 10/13/12; 2012 Q3 Report, filed 10/15/12; 2012 Pre-General Report, filed 10/25/12; Belleville News-Democrat, 10/26/12]

Plummer “Thinks The Benefits Of The Ryan Plan Are Pretty Obvious.” At a June 2012 town hall, Plummer was asked if he supported the Ryan plan. He answered “The specifics of it are pretty simple. I think that the Ryan plan aggressively addresses basically every entitlement program that we have. […] I think the benefits of the Ryan plan are pretty obvious. They aggressively put Social Security in a situation where it will actually be there for people that are retiring. It puts Medicare in a situation that it will actually be there to fund the healthcare needs of the people that it’s there for. The negatives of the Ryan care are very political to be frank.” [Alton Town Hall, 6/12/12, 2:07]

Ryan Plan Ends Medicare, Protects Tax Breaks for Big Oil and Millionaires, Encourages Companies to Ship Jobs Overseas. Congressman Ryan’s two budgets would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000, and create incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 by 2022 for future Medicare beneficiaries, while a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12; Joint Economic Committee, 5/20/11; Joint Economic Committee, 6/20/12]

 

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