Wolf to PA Congressmen: Reject Health Care Plan That Hurts Our Constituents, Especially Seniors

first_img Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today wrote to five Pennsylvania Congressmen on two key U.S. House committees to formally ask them to reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which the administration’s analysis says would cause serious harm to Pennsylvania seniors, individuals with disabilities, and populations with both Medicaid and private insurance. Governor Wolf requested each Congressman to both vote ‘no’ and ensure a more open and transparent process.The letters were sent to Representatives Tim Murphy, Ryan Costello, and Mike Doyle on the Energy and Commerce Committee and Representatives Pat Meehan and Mike Kelly on the Ways and Means Committee. Each letter details the broad impact to all of Pennsylvania and specific numbers of constituents in their districts.“For seven years, Republicans in Washington criticized the Obama Administration for rushing Obamacare through without the appropriate public vetting and yet Americans are being given less than seven days to fully understand the implications of this legislation on their health and households,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislation, as it stands today, would disrupt health care access and coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians.”“Currently there are more than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians enrolled in Medicaid, more than 700,000 of whom have only recently been able to access Medicaid through the expansion that I put in place immediately upon becoming Governor in 2015.”Governor Wolf took particular concern with the impact on older Pennsylvanians, particularly those between the ages of 50 to 64. This bill would allow insurance companies to charge these seniors five times more than others and would drastically cut subsidies for seniors, especially those with fixed or low incomes and in rural areas.“Seniors represent one of the fastest growing populations in Pennsylvania and shifting the burden of expensive health care costs on to them to offset costs for the rest of us is unfair and disingenuous,” Governor Wolf said. “These are individuals who have lived and worked in our communities, sometimes for their entire lives, and they will suddenly be at the mercy of health insurance companies who will no longer be restricted from charging them higher premiums than the rest of us.”Both the AARP and American Hospital Association have come out against the AHCA, specifically due to its negative impact on older Americans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, subsides for the average 60 year old Pennsylvanian would be reduced in all 67 counties for those with incomes of $30,000 or less. The vast majority of subsidies for this same population making $40,000 or less would also be reduced. For example, a 60 year old in Berks, Adams, or York County with an annual income of $20,000 would see their health care assistance cut by more than $11,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.Click here to read the full text of one of the letters sent today. Wolf to PA Congressmen: Reject Health Care Plan That Hurts Our Constituents, Especially Seniors SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 08, 2017last_img read more

Summer arrives on a winter day here in the Southland

first_imgCANOGA PARK – On a winter day like Sunday, when temperatures hit the 90s and clocks moved ahead to add one more hour of searing sunlight to the afternoon, you just have to skip spring and give in early to summer. Angelenos surrendered to the early blast of summer by slipping on shorts and flip flops, spreading out beach towels and sipping chilled passion-fruit tea at coffee houses along Ventura Boulevard. Despite the unusually warm temperatures, Sunday produced only two record highs in the region: UCLA came in at 87, breaking a 1959 record of 86, and Pasadena touched 93, beating a 1997 record by four degrees. Other areas came close, but failed to beat records set in 1997. Woodland Hills hit 93, downtown Los Angeles made it to 92 and Burbank reached 90, according to the National Weather Service, based in Oxnard. West Hills resident Roland Radler sampled citrus trees to replace the saplings he lost in the frost. But his mind was really on summer. “I can’t wait until I get in the pool,” he said. “I can’t wait to be getting back into a boat.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But today may have a better chance in the record department, with highs in the San Fernando Valley expected to hit 94. On Sunday, Woodland Hills residents were as restless as insects, anxious to swarm into summer even if it is still more than three months away. “I was told no video games today, no staying indoors,” said Steve Kochak, holding his girlfriend’s hand as the young couple strolled through Warner Park. “I was told we have to go outside. I was also told to wear shorts, because I have nice legs.” Local nurseries enjoyed a hike in sales, thanks in part to the freezing temps that hit the Valley and destroyed plants just seven weeks ago. Residents scooped up beds of pansies and petunias to replace the brittle, brown debris the cold snap left in their backyards. “The freeze paid off,” said Green Thumb salesman Cal Wright. “The telephone’s been ringing all day. We had 300 azaleas that sold on Saturday, and we’ve been selling water fountains like they’re going out of style.” last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton has 2 championships but just 1 win in Mexico City

first_imgBecoming his own man MOST READ Hamilton will start Sunday in firm command of the season championship with a 64-point lead on teammate Valtteri Bottas and just four races left. It would take a stunning collapse over the back end of the season for Hamilton not to win a historic sixth career championship and fifth in six years. That would put the British driver in sole possession of second place in F1 history and one shy of the record seven held by Germany’s Michael Schumacher.But those past struggles leave Hamilton downplaying his chances of closing out the championship in Mexico City.“I don’t anticipate it will be Mexico,” Hamilton said, adding his poor outings the last two years here have been “pretty shocking.”“Mexico is generally our worst race of the year because of the way our car is set up and it’s going to be a tough one for us,” he said.Mexico City’s thin air at 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) and the long straight out of the starting grid at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez have favored Red Bull and Ferrari the last two years. And given Ferrari’s power surge and three victories since the summer break, Hamilton points to the Italian team as the favorite Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves on the podium after finishing third in the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)MEXICO CITY — For a place that has twice crowned him Formula One champion, Mexico City has not been particularly kind to Lewis Hamilton.The massive crowds adore him and he’s spun his Mercedes through the twisting curves on the stadium course to earn a place among F1’s greatest drivers.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! 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He finished ninth in 2017 and fourth in 2018 as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen raced away with victories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBoth of those results were good enough for Hamilton to limp across the finish line as the season champion. He got to parade with the Union Jack flag and pop champagne, but the celebrations missed the extra spice and thrill of a race victory.It could happen again. View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Bates shows his worth down low against Chabi Yo, Tigers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The federal government is ending its large financial subsidies. New investment from Mexico City business leaders and the local government will keep it on the F1 calendar through 2022. The race will be the Mexico City Grand Prix starting next year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hamilton has just one win since the summer in last five races, a considerable drought for him.“I’m hoping for a better weekend but I think it’s going to be very hard to beat the Ferraris with those long straights,” Hamilton said.Ferrari will take the favorite’s role and run with it.“We arrive in Mexico determined to win,” Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto said. “We will be aiming for our sixth consecutive pole, before looking to convert that into a victory.”Hamilton’s lone win here came in 2016 when he was in a desperate hunt to catch teammate Nico Rosberg in the championship. He rallied to push the title chase to the final race in Abu Dhabi, where Hamilton won and Rosberg won the championship.Mercedes once again has the only two drivers who can win the championship, but none of the garage tension and turmoil between Hamilton and Rosberg that split the team in 2015 and 2016.Bottas has three victories, including two weeks ago in Japan. He won two of the first four races of the season, before a midseason slump raised questions whether he would even be retained by Mercedes in 2020. Those ended when the Finnish driver finally got a contract extension in August.There are multiple results combinations that could clinch Hamilton’s championship Sunday if he finishes on the podium and 14 points ahead of Bottas. But any result with Hamilton fourth or lower automatically pushes the championship to next week’s U.S. Grand Prix in Texas. Hamilton clinched the title there in 2015.“Everything’s possible,” Bottas said. “Although I’m realistic as well that I will need to be very lucky, that’s a fact, to win all the rest of the races.”Always a festive atmosphere with some of the biggest crowds of the F1 season, the Mexican Grand Prix will race with a sense of relief. The race had been in danger of ending this year at the end of its original five-year contract. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more