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Tom Wolf: The cost of Trumpcare

Last week, after I sent letters to five Pennsylvania Congressmen, I urged you to join me in formally requesting them to reject President Donald Trump

Last week, after I sent letters to five Pennsylvania Congressmen, I urged you to join me in formally requesting them to reject President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan.

More than 26,000 of you have joined me to voice opposition to the Republican plan and to protect the progress we’ve made under the Affordable Care Act to reduce Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate, and expand coverage options for seniors, working families, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.

Activism from folks like you is making a difference.

Just the other day, Speaker Ryan said he would incorporate feedback and make improvements — but we have to keep the pressure on Congress. Add your name to the petition.

Here’s what’s at stake in Pennsylvania and across the country:

  • The Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million Americans will lose their coverage by 2026 under Trumpcare
  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center estimates 1.1 million will lose their care in Pennsylvania alone if the Affordable Care Act is repealed
  • The RAND Corporation estimates premiums for a 64-year-old will go up by more than $2,000 a year under Trumpcare — and the CBO estimates premiums for some seniors could skyrocket by more than $10,000
  • The elimination of Medicaid expansion would put access to substance abuse treatment at risk for more than 125,000 Pennsylvanians in the middle of the opioid and heroin crisis that has taken 3,500 lives

These are just a few of the ways President Trump and Speaker Ryan’s plan would be devastating to too many families.

I’ll fight any proposal that forces seniors, working families, and our most vulnerable citizens to lose their coverage or pay more while giving tax cuts to the wealthy and huge insurance companies.

I’m working to ensure that Pennsylvanians will continue to have access to affordable healthcare — stand with me and join the more than 26,000 who have signed the petition.

Thank you.

 

 

Tom Wolf: Here’s my letter to PA Congressmen on Trumpcare

On Wednesday, I sent a letter to five Pennsylvania congressmen who serve on two key House committees to formally ask them to vote “no” on

On Wednesday, I sent a letter to five Pennsylvania congressmen who serve on two key House committees to formally ask them to vote “no” on President Donald Trump’s disastrous plan, the American Health Care Act.

I wrote my letter to Representatives Tim Murphy, Ryan Costello, Mike Doyle, Pat Meehan and Mike Kelly because I want to make sure they know the truth: President Trump’s plan would harm healthcare access and increase costs for millions of families, seniors, and working people.

Now I’m asking you to join me. Will you stand with me and demand Congress reject President Trump’s plan to destroy access to healthcare and drive up the costs for Pennsylvanians?

Today, more than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians are enrolled in Medicaid. More than 700,000 of them gained coverage only after the expansion that I put in place as a part of the Affordable Care Act after taking office. Unfortunately, Trump’s plan puts the long-term security of Medicaid at risk and that could be a matter of life and death — especially those receiving life-saving addiction treatment that has finally begun to drive back the opioid epidemic plaguing our state.

Older Pennsylvanians would also be hit especially hard, as the proposed law would allow insurance companies to charge them five times as much as others, while drastically reducing subsidies that have made their care affordable. According to an analysis from Standard & Poor’s, a 64-year-old could see annual premiums increase by almost 30 percent. Trump’s plan is an “age tax” and that’s wrong.

People who have lived and worked in our communities, sometimes for their entire lives, will suddenly be at the mercy of health insurance companies who will no longer be restricted from charging them higher premiums than the rest of us. Women, in particular, will be hurt by the defunding of Planned Parenthood and restrictions on reproductive care.

While the Congressional Budget Office has yet to calculate the costs, independent analysis has already reported that Trump’s plan could force up to 10 million people to lose their health insurance and that costs for the average enrollee would go up by at least $1,500.

The fact is, Pennsylvanians can’t afford President Trump’s plan — and our representatives in Congress can’t afford to ignore the pain it will cause people across the commonwealth.

Will you sign the petition and demand Congress reject Trump’s dangerous and misguided healthcare plan?

Thank you.

 

Frances Wolf: Fighting for Equality on International Women’s Day

Those who marched in the first International Women’s Day more than one hundred years ago made it clear that women’s rights are human rights as

Those who marched in the first International Women’s Day more than one hundred years ago made it clear that women’s rights are human rights as they demanded good wages, safe working conditions, and the right to vote.

While we’ve undoubtedly made progress since then, far too many women still experience wage discrimination, and many extreme politicians in Harrisburg and in Washington, D.C. want to roll back women’s rights and restrict access to women’s healthcare.

I’m proud to have Tom as my husband and as our governor here in Pennsylvania. He understands that women need allies who stand with them to fight for equal pay for equal work, access to affordable healthcare, and the right to make their own choices with their body.

Stand with me and Tom to fight for women’s rights and access to affordable care in Pennsylvania — add your name to the petition.

And Tom understands these aren’t just social issues — they are also real economic issues that impact the daily life of women and families in Pennsylvania and across the country.

In Pennsylvania, 597,610 households are headed by women — and about 30 percent of those
households have incomes that fall below the poverty level. On average, women in our state earn about $10,000 less than men who work full-time. Eliminating that wage gap by requiring equal pay for equal work is equivalent to more than a year and a half of food for the average family.

As a former businessman, Tom understands why equal pay is good for business, and it’s pretty simple: If women don’t have to worry about having enough to feed their families or making rent, then they have money to spend on other things in the economy.

Unfortunately, President Donald Trump and his allies in Washington, D.C are fast-tracking a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act with legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, allow insurance companies to discriminate against women, and dramatically increase costs for women and families to have health insurance.

Independent analysis of Trump’s plan shows that on average, costs for current enrollees would go up by more than $1,542 more a year if you’re not one of the up to 10 million people who would lose coverage under the proposal. Increased healthcare costs would force more women and families to choose between seeing the doctor and putting food on the table.

As soon as I read the details of the plan, I knew Tom would come out forcibly in opposition. Just as he knows equal pay for equal work is good for business, he also understands how affordable coverage and access to reproductive healthcare is vital to women, their families, and the economy.

you’re proud to have Tom fighting alongside women for our rights, then please take a moment to sign the petition opposing Trump’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act

Thank you.