By A. J. Goldsmith, freelance writer
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th) told a women’s meeting on Sept. 23 that the Affordable Care Act should be amended legislatively without shutting down the government.
“It’s not all or nothing. It can be fixed. Social Security was fixed over time as was Medicare,” said Schneider, a freshman congressman from the North Shore.
“Health care inflation during the past four years is less than inflation in general … I feel that dawn is coming, but I’m not certain it is 2 a.m. or 5 a.m.,” Schneider told 45 women attending a meeting in Highland Park of JACPAC, a national organization supporting smart gun laws, women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, separation of church and state and Israel.
Schneider said the 81 newly elected congressmen (45 Democrats and 36 Republicans) in 2012 have great rapport and ability to work together.
Regarding Syria he said: “We can’t get involved in Syria’s civil war. There is no military solution.”
Schneider serves on the House’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He is hopeful that the Russian plan will work and he is looking forward to hearing Iran’s new president when he addresses the United Nations’ meeting in New York this week.
Schneider also said he favors changing the U.S. immigration policy to provide a road to citizenship, and he supports the Dream Act providing opportunities for those illegals brought here as children.
Former Congressman Robert Dold (R) is challenging Schneider in the 2014 election.