Bill Enyart, the Democratic nominee for the 12th U.S. House District seat, has launched a listening tour to hear the views of Southern Illinois seniors about Medicare, Social Security and other issues important to them.
The first stop on Enyarts tour occurred last Monday, at the Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) office in Belleville. The visit marked the 47th anniversary of Medicare, the federally funded health insurance program for the elderly, being signed into law.
Enyart's listening tour will make stops in several other towns in the 12th District, which encompasses 12 southwestern Illinois counties stretching from Alton in the north to Cairo in the states southern tip.
Enyart wants to make sure the seniors understand the threats that are being played around in Congress right now, said Jason Bresler, Enyarts campaign manager, citing Republican proposals to cut and privatize the entitlement program.
Enyart is running against GOP nominee Jason Plummer and Green Party nominee Paula Bradshaw in the Nov. 6 election. The three nominees are seeking to replace retiring incumbent Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who leaves office in January after 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.