Earlier this week, current Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester) debated his democratic opponent John Linder for the 9th district Pennsylvania Senate seat race. The two had definite disagreements on the issues of education and health care.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry issued a press release today describing their thoughts on healthcare action in PA.
With legislative action this week on PA’s dog law and energy legislation, there’s unfortunately not much for anybody to cheer about on the health care front.
This week Gov, Rendell, Senate Democrats, and advocates for the uninsured are making a last ditch effort to get expansion of state subsidized health insurance passed through the Legislature, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rendell scales back his health care plan and eliminates tobacco taxes as the source of funding, in an effort to create a compromise before session time runs out. Meanwhile, two Republican-backed initiatives to expand health insurance in PA unanimously passed the Senate last week and head to a House Committee for consideration. Time is also running out to reauthorize PHC4, as only 3 voting days remain for the Senate in this year’s session…
Yesterday, Governor Ed Rendell scaled down his health care reform proposal in an effort to create a plan Republicans can agree with before the fall legislative session comes to an end next week.
With the end of the fall legislative session coming up soon, legislators and advocacy groups concerned with a new healthcare plan for PA are scrambling to get their opinions heard and their bills passed.
The Pennsylvania Chamber addressed the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, noting that while all parties involved in the healthcare debate want more affordable and accessible care, funding a long-term government program with a declining revenue – such as tobacco taxes – is just “bad public policy.”
The House Majority Policy Committee will hold a public meeting on Thursday, to discuss the Pennsylvania Access to Basic Care health plan.
Several newspapers are making it clear what they think should be the Legislature’s top priority for the short fall session: Healthcare.