The House Health and Human Services Committee is holding a hearing at 10 am today in the Majority Caucus Room 140 on Bill 1660, the Family and Business Healthcare Security Act. This is the single payer plan which would provide every Pennsylvanian with fully comprehensive physical and mental healthcare coverage. It has no copayments or deductibles and also covers dental, vision and prescription drugs. Here is a press release from Chuck Pennacchio about the hearing.
I will be on the road again today to cover this hearing in Harrisburg.
moral gift, and a (small "d") democratic gift that I hope you will accept and embrace as fellow citizens of this great Commonwealth.
Preventive and responsible healthcare. Pro-family and pro-individual healthcare. Pro-business and pro-growth healthcare. Quality and affordable healthcare. 'Everybody in and nobody out' healthcare. Civilized
Healthcare. (Please reference 1st handout: "Family and Business Healthcare Security Act" power-point for key concepts in HB 1660.)
know, Civilized Healthcare, the kind of healthcare delivery that makes 'common sense' itself and 'morality' itself and 'democracy' itself sit up and pay attention.
'profit-first' insurance and pharmaceutical-dominated system that now drains 35 cents out of every healthcare dollar before the remaining 65 cents is rationed. Civilized Healthcare replaces the 'profit-first' health insurance
companies that rack up -- with our money -- excessive and unconscionable waste, fraud, abuse, bureaucracy, advertising, executive salaries, set-asides, and lobbying expenses -- while simultaneously gouging citizens
with skyrocketing premiums and co-pays, coverage caps and systematic denials of healthcare based on so-called "pre-existing conditions," "experimental procedures," and "expert" interventions between the healthcare provider and
saying in one case, "this won¹t happen for at least 50 years, Chuck, no matter how hard you try!"
nor do the 4,000-plus members of Healthcare for All Pennsylvania. The lives of 4 million uninsured and underinsured Pennsylvanians depend on our success.
legislation. For the relatively small sum of $100,000 you could authorize, as soon as tomorrow, a third-party professional study of the "Family and Business Healthcare Security Act." Based on our own in-house preliminary calculations, as well as comparisons with other single-payer studies previously done in Wisconsin and California and Colorado, we are confident that you will be elated with the findings in Pennsylvania. (Please
reference 2nd handout: "Health Care for All PA Economic Impact Study"; and 3rd handout: "Report Finds Philadelphia¹s Pension and Health Care Costs for Public Employees Growing at Unsustainable Rates")
our new nation to greatness 232 years ago.
Healthcare for All Pennsylvania