Category Archives: Healthcare, Medicare & Medicaid

Molly on the Issues: Healthcare

email from Molly Sheehan, candidate for US House PA-07, 12/4/17 (see CCDC’s position on health care here)

Healthcare is the major issue today and while the Republicans may have recently postponed their assault on all we have gained through the ACA, we as Democrats must face up to the fact that unless we boldly improve upon the ACA, then there will always be Republican attacks on the ACA. By prohibiting denial of coverage based upon pre-existing conditions, or lifetime caps, and securing coverage for children up to 26 years of age and mandating essential care, the ACA has guaranteed health care coverage for millions of Americans.

We must successfully move forward to a Single-Payer system that provides excellent health care, that reduces the costs of care and within a model that is financially sound!

However, as long as the provision of essential care continues to be financed by the private, for-profit health insurance industry, through a largely employer-based system, we will never be able to contain costs or guarantee universal coverage. I firmly believe that a Single-Payer healthcare system is the only answer to provide the most affordable and universal care for American citizens.

In order to make this transition we will need legislators who understand the complexity of our healthcare system. Adopting any system will need to be done thoughtfully. I’ve worked in multiple areas of our healthcare system, including purchasing group health insurance for a diverse group of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians. I’ve been doing constituent services on healthcare for years and bringing concerns back to non-profit buyers, insurance companies, and health systems to negotiate the best plans for our constituent needs. If the switch is flipped recklessly, a new system will be under the control of the same misogynists who believe that being pregnant is a pre-existing condition. Government insurance would require political firewalls and avoiding budgetary austerity that can cripple healthcare innovation and breakthroughs in treatments, quality of care or, the entire system itself. We must successfully move forward to a Single-Payer system that provides excellent health care, that reduces the costs of care and within a model that is financially sound! If we deliver this system to Americans, that will build a constituency that will remain loyal to the Democratic party and our American health system forever!

Read more about my stance on healthcare as well as other issues I will make priority as the Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.

GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security

by Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 12/1/17

High-ranking Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other parts of the social safety net.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said recently that he wants Republicans to focus in 2018 on reducing spending on government programs. Last month, President Trump said welfare reform will “take place right after taxes, very soon, very shortly after taxes.”

As Republicans advocate spending cuts, they have frequently cited a need to reduce the national deficit while growing the economy.

“You also have to bring spending under control. And not discretionary spending. That isn’t the driver of our debt. The driver of our debt is the structure of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said this week.

While whipping votes for a GOP tax bill on Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) attacked “liberal programs” for the poor and said Congress needed to stop wasting Americans’ money.High-ranking Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other parts of the social safety net.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said recently that he wants Republicans to focus in 2018 on reducing spending on government programs. Last month, President Trump said welfare reform will “take place right after taxes, very soon, very shortly after taxes.”

As Republicans advocate spending cuts, they have frequently cited a need to reduce the national deficit while growing the economy.

“You also have to bring spending under control. And not discretionary spending. That isn’t the driver of our debt. The driver of our debt is the structure of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said this week.

While whipping votes for a GOP tax bill on Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) attacked “liberal programs” for the poor and said Congress needed to stop wasting Americans’ money….

keep reading and see linked sources at Washington Post

Calling on Costello: The GOP Tax Bill will put us in the poor house!

From: Concerned Constituent Action Group

[see also “Protests rage as Meehan, Costello vote for GOP tax plan,” Daily Local News, 11/16/17)}. Congratulations to all 3 Chesco congressmen for raising their impressive “Trump Scores” by 4 recent votes since we last looked on Oct. 24. Smucker now boasts a near-perfect 98.1%, Costello 94.0%, and Meehan 88.7% in this measure of how often their votes agree with the Trump position.

Calling on Costello (R-PA 6)
Friday Nov. 17, 11:30am to 1pm
21 W. Market Street, West Chester

On-street parking or the Bicentennial Parking Garage at 20 South High Street, West Chester.

We will protest outside as a large group; then rotate into the office in small groups to speak with staff and deliver letters, if permitted.

This week’s focus: The GOP Tax Bill will put us in the poor house!

The Tax Plans of the House & Senate differ but the common theme is drastic cuts in taxes that will put the United States even further in debt. The Senate bill shows a rosy future with economic growth spurred by their bill and yet, even with the optimistic growth projections, the cuts in revenue are NOT OFFSET! It’s still a net increase on our national debt.

How will we pay for this increased national debt? $1.5T cuts to Medicaid and Medicare and to a lot of other important programs that benefit all of us. So that corporations and the wealthiest among us can see huge tax cuts.

Don’t let the GOP sell us all out with promises of tax cuts.

The GOP Joint Budget Resolution identified $1T of cuts to Medicaid and almost $500B in cuts to Medicare to offset the effect of the drastic tax cuts the GOP is proposing.

Don’t the let GOP sell us all out with promises that these tax cuts will spur economic benefit to everyone. They will certainly help the very wealthiest but will they help most people? Past history proves the answer is a clear no.

The GOP tax scam will leave us all so much deeper in debt that it will mean drastic cuts to Medicaid & Medicare and a lot of other important programs.

If you cannot attend but would like to submit a letter, email it to us at
contact@ccag-d6.com and we will deliver it for you.

Don’t Cut Health Plans

Letter, Daily Local News, 11/12/17

Congressman Costello turned his back on constituents when he voted in support of the federal budget resolution that would cut Medicare by $487 billion and $1 trillion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. I know Congressman Costello can do better.

I know firsthand the importance of Medicaid. My brother depended on Medicaid through his battle with cancer. I cared for him until his death, and saw all the treatment and care he would not have gotten without Medicaid. He was just one of 2.5 Million Pennsylvanians who depend on Medicaid.

This week, Republicans released their new tax “reform” bill, which will give away trillions in tax breaks that mostly benefit the richest Americans and corporations paid for by these huge cuts to health care programs that seniors like me, kids like my grandchildren, working families like mine, veterans like my cousins and people with disabilities depend on.

We’ve got to really pay attention because Congress is using the same fast-track process that they used in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year to jam the legislation through before anyone realizes who’s really paying for these big tax breaks.

If Congressman Costello truly cares about his constituents, he won’t cut our health care in order to give big donors big tax breaks. Everyone in the district who depends on Medicare and Medicaid should call his office now and ask him to oppose the tax breaks paid for by of our health care.

MaryAnn Piccioni, Paoli