Green Night Out - Discuss the road to universal healthcare with Dr. Walter Tsou and the Philly Greens

Single Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision

Saturday, July 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Singapore Restaurant,,
1006 Race St., Chinatown, Phila. PA

GREEN NIGHT OUT welcomes Dr. Walter Tsou, who will discuss
"Single Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision"
at 6:00pm on Saturday, July 21.

Dr. Tsou teaches Family Medicine and Community Health
at the University of PA. and was formerly the
Health Commissioner of Philadelphia.
He is a board member of Health Care for All PA,

Please join us at Singapore Restaurant in Chinatown.
Green Night Out is open to the public.
Enjoy this stimulating discussion
and a vegetarian, kosher, Chinese feast
for only $25/person.
RSVP (seating is limited) to the
Green Party at 215-243-7103 and

adultBasic: A Year of Struggle for Many Working Pennsylvanians

A blog post by Chris Lilienthal, originally published at Third and State.

One year after Pennsylvania’s adultBasic program came to an end, many working Pennsylvanians are still struggling with the lose of this critical lifeline. Anxiety and financial pressures are common, and many are allowing chronic health conditions to go untreated.

That was the message delivered by health care providers, advocates and former adultBasic enrollees during a media conference call hosted by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) Wednesday.

adultBasic was created more than a decade ago to provide affordable health coverage to low-income working Pennsylvanians who either lacked job-based coverage or were denied outright because of pre-existing health conditions.

But when a funding agreement between the commonwealth and Pennsylvania’s four Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans expired, Governor Corbett opted to end the program rather than renegotiate the agreement. The adultBasic program shut down one year ago today.

Rick Mossinghoff, a part-time worker from Robinson Township, Allegheny County, was one of the Pennsylvanians who suddenly found himself without health coverage. He opted to enroll in Special Care – a plan for low-income people offered by the Blues and touted by the Corbett administration as an alternative. His new premiums were five times the cost of adultBasic.

“When I had adultBasic, I was able to have physical therapy to combat the arthritic degeneration in my hip,” Mossinghoff said during the conference call. “That all ended, when I lost my coverage – because Special Care doesn’t cover any rehabilitative or physical therapy care.”

In Case You Missed It: Third and State Blog for Week of February 28

This week on Third and State, we blogged about the upcoming state budget, the end of adultBasic, a questionable business climate ranking, and much more!

In Case You Missed It: Third and State Blog for Week of February 21

This week on Third and State, we blogged about the looming loss of health coverage for nearly 42,000 adultBasic consumers, a misinformation campaign on public- and private-sector pay, the problem with Arkansas' gas drilling tax, and much more!

In case you missed it:

In Case You Missed It: Third and State Blog This Week

This week on Third and State, we blogged about the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Recovery Act, President Obama's budget plan, a few hundred Valentine's Day messages for Governor Corbett, sales tax loopholes that only could love, and much more!

In case you missed it:

In Case You Missed It: Third and State Blog This Week

This week, the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center launched a new joint blog, Third and State. Thanks to all of you who have checked it out.

In case you haven't seen it, here's what you missed:

Wendell Potter Apologizes to Michael Moore

Tomorrow, I will be visiting New York City to go to an event that will feature both Michael Moore and Wendell Potter. I already have the endorsement of Quentin Young of Physicians for a National Health Program, and I would like to add these two single-payer supporters to the list.

Passing single-payer healthcare is one of the most important things I seek to do if elected to the state assembly.

Watch the Keith Olbermann interview with Wendell Potter and Michael Moore:


VoicesWeb Interview with Joe Hoeffel, Democrat for Governor

Joe Hoeffel, Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor speaks to Voices
Submitted by voicesweb on March 9, 2010 - 3:37pm
by Jordan Toronto

In mid-February, Voices had an exclusive interview with Joe Hoeffel, a Democratic candidate running for Governor of Pennsylvania. Hoeffel has served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th district, and is currently vice-chair for the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

The paragraphs summarize the views expressed by Hoeffel in portions of the interview that are not directly quoted. They are not the options of Voices or of the writer.

Joe Hoeffel can see why voters are scared, in this unstable economy, but believes that makes it all the more important for the democrats in office to step up to the challenge.

Sestak throws some good lines at Broad Street Ministry Town Hall meeting.

Last night at the broad Street ministry Congressmen Sestak was the guest at a town hall on health care. Overall the event was pretty civil, especially compared to the one hosted by Spector. Not as many true crazies, that's not to say that there wasn't vocal opposition, and a little rowdiness even occurred. Ultimately Sestak handled himself well and fought off some misconceptions: there will be no rationing of care, no euthanization of the elderly or the infirmed. The Public Option is just that, an OPTION.

Nurses Campaign at Hahnemann and the Lasting Effect of Northeastern Hospital Closure

While Temple has gotten away with closing Northeastern Hospital--against the life and death concerns of doctors, community members and health care experts--it seems like the after effects of the NEH closure, and more broadly the privatized healthcare system in our city, are still being felt. In this audio interview done by Media Mobilizing Project's Labor Justice Radio, Megan Williamson interviews an anonymous nurse at Hahnemann hospital shortly after a vote nurses took last week on whether to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP).

Is Healthcare, a Right, a Responsibility, or a Privilege?

In the 2nd presidential debate last week, a question of fundamental importance was asked: is healthcare care a right, a responsibility, or a privilege?

Well I looked up the three words in the dictionary and here they are:
Right: That which is just, morally good, legal, proper, or fitting.
Responsibility: Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.
Privilege: A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste.

SENATE PASSES HB 834--Mandatory Overtime on the Way out in PA

I'm pasting in our press release, below, but also wanted to just say thanks to all those of you who have joined us in the fight to end mandatory overtime for health care workers in PA--the grassroots pressure that was provided by our progressive allies, along with the voices of thousands of health care workers--finally lifted our bill over the time, in the final days of this legislative session.

(HARRISBURG, PA) – Seven years after launching their campaign to end mandatory overtime for nurses and other direct patient caregivers, members of SEIU Healthcare are anxious to celebrate their victory.

The Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass a House Bill 834, a bill restricting mandatory overtime for nurses and other caregivers. Forced overtime has been shown to increase medical errors and put patients at risk. It’s also a leading factor in many nurses’ decision to leave the bedside.

Last Night's VP Debate: McCain & Palin Just Don't Get It On Healthcare

Last night Sarah Palin did an admirable job refusing to answer the questions she was asked and instead sticking to the repitition of scripted, high level responses. Interestingly for healthcare wonks like me, healthcare was one of the few areas where she actually engaged on a policy question with any sort of specificity - and the response served to reinforce the misguided nature of the McCain / Palin policy. The following clip is pretty enlightening...

McCain's Healthcare Plan Would Increase Premiums For Pennsylvania Families

A recent study by Families USA shows that healthcare premiums for working families in Pennsylvania have increased by almost 90% since 2000. The average cost for family health coverage is now $12,513. At the same time wages are stagnating and companies are shifting an ever greater portion of insurance costs onto their employees. McCain's plan would significantly exacerbate this problem by eviscerating the employer sponsored model of health insurance and forcing people into the more expensive individual insurance market. Here is an article that does a good job describing what McCain's plan would do

By contrast, Obama has set forth a proposal that would help alleviate this burden on working families while also expanding coverage for children and the uninsured. The following blog does a good job of contrasting this plan to McCain's

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