Category Archives: US House PA-16

Single-payer system would solve health care woes

by Jess King, 2018 candidate for congressional district PA-16, at Lancaster Online, 5/21/17, excerpt:

…The reality we face is a rigged political system in which only the biggest, most entrenched insurance corporations get their way.

Over the past four decades, health insurance industry lobbyists have literally been writing our legislation and consolidating their control over a complicated system, while leaving the rest of us to navigate a perilous maze.

What we need is health care policy whose starting point is the concrete needs and experiences of everyday people. For most of us, deciding among competing insurance agencies is like pulling teeth. Which ones include the doctor I’ve been seeing for years, let alone the same health system? What is actually covered?

I attempted to get prices from different doctors last year as I rationed and evaluated spending toward my massive insurance deductible. They couldn’t give me prices for the procedures they offered; they didn’t know the numbers, or even how to get them.

Other numbers are available, and they are telling. The United States spends more than double the average of other developed countries and gets far worse outcomes. We have the highest child mortality rate in the developed world and lower life expectancy than our peers.

Other developed countries are more advanced than we are in making sure citizens have access to quality health care, and it costs them less than what we pay for a system that leaves millions behind. The money wasted on insurance company administration and bloated executive pay could extend coverage to America’s uninsured.

A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that most Americans support “expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.”…

read the full column at Lancaster Online

EMILY’s List puts Reps. Costello, Meehan, Smucker ‘on notice’ for records on women’s issues

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 7/30/17

The news that a national organization dedicated to supporting female candidates who support pro-abortion positions has targeted U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello for defeat in the 2018 election came as no surprise to members of his campaign.

But the response offered was to call out the candidate that EMILY’s List has endorsed for the seat, Democrat Chrissy Houlahan for not taking public positions of the issues that the group attacked Costello for.

Last week, EMILY’s List announced that it is putting “on notice” 50 Republican candidates for the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for having taken what it called “appallingly anti-woman, anti-family records.” The group promised to help defeat the incumbents — who include all three of the House members who represent districts in Chester County, in the 2018 midterm elections.

The effort, explained Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, “is a targeted opposition program. This group of Republicans has been particularly bad at supporting women and their families, not least with votes to defund Planned Parenthood.”…

keep reading at Daily Local News

A sigh of relief (and pride)

from Christina Hartman, 7/28/17

Earlier this morning in the U.S. Senate, three Republicans voted with all 48 Democrats to say NO to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

When I heard the news, I breathed a (temporary) sigh of relief for the many, many people in the 16th district who would have been hurt by a repeal.

I’m relieved for people I’ve met on the campaign trail who told me about friends and family members receiving opioid addiction treatment — which they can afford because of ACA tax credits or Medicaid.

I’m relieved for the small business owners in downtown Lancaster who provide insurance for their employees through the state exchange.

I’m relieved for my husband, who has a preexisting condition.

And I’m relieved for myself — and 50% of our country’s population — because before the ACA being a woman was a preexisting condition!

But I also feel immense pride for the many Americans, here in PA and across the country, who mobilized to protect our care — from the the disability activists in wheelchairs who faced arrest at the Capitol to the women and men calling their member of Congress for the first time.

I’ve seen civic democracies take shape around the world, but witnessing the outpouring of activism here in my own community has truly been incredible.

Today’s victory belongs to all of YOU. Tomorrow, we’ll get back to work.

Christina Hartman for PA-16

Yesterday, I officially announced my run for Congress in Penn Square in downtown Lancaster.

I loved seeing the faces of old friends, awesome volunteers I met last year, and folks getting involved for the first time. Because to win this race, we need as much PEOPLE-power as possible.

In 2016, Republican outside groups and SuperPACs spent nearly $1 million on TV ads and mailers smearing me and boosting Lloyd Smucker. There’s no telling what they’ll spend this time.

That’s why I need you to say “I’M IN” today! Add your name and join our campaign to restore fairness, trust, and dignity to Congress.

Thank you so much,


P.S.: Yesterday we set a goal to see how quickly we could get 100 grassroots donors to chip in. We’re almost there! Can you chip in $5 to help our grassroots campaign start strong?