Congressional District 10
Rep. Bob Dold (R)
Dold Benefitted From $7,003,823 Worth Of Support From Outside Groups. In 2014, outside groups spent $3,133,040 promoting Dold’s campaign and $3,870,783 bashing Schneider’s record, spending a total of $7,003,823 on efforts to get Dold elected to Congress.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Dold had received $564,231 in campaign contributions from the insurance industry, including health insurance companies.
In March 2015, Dold voted for a budget alternative known as Price amendment #2 offered as an amendment on the floor that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, slash Pell grants and alter Medicare while requiring no offsets for increased OCO defense spending. “Tom Price, R-Ga., also submitted an amended version that included increased defense funding without requiring cuts in other areas to offset the spending. Price’s plan increased funding to the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund by $2 billion over the committee plan, to $96 billion, and requires no offsets. The version that passed out of committee would have required offsets over $73.5 billion in the OCO fund, which pays for wars and other overseas activities and is not subject to sequester caps.” The resolution passed 219 to 208.
Unlike traditional Medicare, which is a defined benefit plan, the House Republican budget would change the program into a defined contribution plan. If this plan became law, starting in 2023, America’s seniors would be told they can have a $7,500 in “premium support.” The plan is modeled after one where “the elderly would be offered an allowance that could be used to buy a private plan or the existing government coverage."
In September 2015, Rep. Dold offered an amendment to H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 to limit funding to Planned Parenthood clinics, putting women’s health services in jeopardy. “Dold had previously offered legislation to replace the proposal voted on today with a plan that would have taken federal funding from a handful of clinics nationwide that get money for aborted fetus tissue while they were investigated for 90 days."
The most controversial part of Ryan’s earlier budget was a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program over time. The public was having none of it, and the unpopular plan was credited with costing the GOP a House seat. This time, the plan is back with some cosmetic differences. Vouchers now go by the name of ‘premium support,’ which — for those now 55 and younger — could be used to buy insurance at the age of eligibility. That’s being raised, gradually, to 67 from 65. Critics say this is only a first step toward disbanding the popular government health-care plan, and there would be no federal alternative because the budget also would defund Obamacare.
In 2011, Dold supported a bill that included an amendment that would prohibit Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving federal funding. 235 Republicans supported the bill, with only 3 Republicans against it.