Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 4 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Single Payer Gains New Ground In The Battle For Healthcare Reform In Pennsylvania

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   8 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message kate loving shenk
Become a Fan
Our grassroots organizing campaign to get an economic impact study to pass HB 1660,
a Single Payer, guaranteed healthcare program for all Pennsylvanians, also called "Family
and Business Healthcare Security Act" has reached higher ground as three separate events
converge that bode extremely well for the eventual passage of the bill.

Here is a summery of these three events:

1) Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh based Highmark Blue Shield were poised to merge
and take over health insurance coverage here in Pennsylvania.

But both companies withdrew the merger for reasons that had to do with the fact that the merger would
reduce competition for the health care dollar plus an unwillingness on the part of both companies to
give up the "Blue Cross-Blue Shield" brand each company spend seventy years developing.

Bottom line, the merger was not going to be approved very likely because of activist opposition by groups such
as Healthcare for All Pa.

The merger got lost in the squabble over all of these details.

Single Payer activists are confident that the failure of this merger will dramatically boost the prospects
that the Pennsylvania State legislature will pass HB 1660/SB 300, Universal Healthcare, the "Family and Business
Healthcare Security Act" that Governor Rendell repeatedly said he will sign.

Executive Director of Healthcare For All Pennsylvania, Chuck Pennacchio, responded to the January 22, 2009
news by saying," The dramatic defeat of the previously "untouchable" health insurance giants signals a power
shift in Harrisburg that nobody saw coming.
Added Pennacchio, "Healthcare for All Pennsylvania's 8,000 members have spent much of the last year fighting
this monopoly merger, while advocating for the  proven Single Payer Solution--both on the basis of economics,
human decency and simple common sense. Today we are victorious in blocking the expansion of an industry
that causes the loss of 31 cents out of every healthcare dollar: an industry that profits off our suffering, and puts
95% of us at risk for medical bankruptcy should we experience a medical catastrophe. Having achieved the first
of our two goals, we are now poised to enact the law called "Family and Business Healthcare Security Act."

The "Family and Business Healthcare Security Act " will establish a healthcare policy in the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania by the following terms: publicly-funded, privately provided, guaranteed, comprehensive,
quality, affordable healthcare for all temporary and legal Pennsylvanian  citizens, plus migrant farm workers and
out of state students.

Every body In. Nobody out.

2) Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted to support HB 1660 and SB 300.

Passage of HB 1660/SB 300 would give the City of Philadelphia a estimated $500 million surplus, more than
enough to cover Mayor Nutter's projected budget shortfall of 2 billion dollars over the next 5 years,

Additionally, HB 1660/SB 300 would guarantee access to comprehensive health care at much less cost than what average
families are now paying, generate thousands of new healthcare delivery jobs, save an average business that provides healthcare,
an estimated 25%-60% on health care costs a year, reduce property tax, (in theory) cut auto-insurance rates, (in theory) reduce worker's
compensation costs, retain existing businesses and encourage the development of new businesses, and reverse
the physician and nursing shortages facing cities and rural areas all across the State.

3) Healthcare For All Pennsylvania  are now organizing a state wide blitz to pass HB 1660/SB 300 legislation.

Eighteen local and regional organizers met last weekend at the Council of Churches Building in Harrisburg for training
on how to pass theHB 1660 and SB 300.

We learned proven organizing stradegies and tactics at the meeting for enacting Pennsylvania's "Family and Business
Healthcare Security Act."

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Must Read 7   Valuable 6   News 5  
Rate It | View Ratings

Kate Loving Shenk Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

I am a Nurse Healer, writer and creator of Nursing Career Transformation. As a Nurse Practitioner for many years, I saw clearly that health reform was not only necessary, but crucial. Healthcare reform, the healing arts, gardening, (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Pennsylvania Is Ground Zero for Passage of Single Payer

Nonviolent Civil Disobedience And The Employer Based Healthcare System

Single Payer Gains New Ground In The Battle For Healthcare Reform In Pennsylvania

So Much For A Representative Democracy

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend