Sen. Toomey is a member of a group of senators who want to sharply curtail Medicaid. Under the House bill (the American Health Care Act) more than 350,000 Pennsylvanians could lose their Medicaid health coverage, according to the non-partisan Office of Management and Budget. How could Sen. Toomey support that?
Americans don’t like to be forced to do things, even if they are good for them, which is the primary reason Republicans and Libertarians want to repeal a health care system that is currently meeting the needs of more Americans better than ever before.
Is anyone swayed by a letter to the editor? I doubt it. But I could not dismiss the recent column by Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman who was shot six years ago, exhorting us — again — to take gun violence seriously.
“AHCA could cost Pennsylvania 85,000 jobs by 2026,” states a recent CDT front page headline. If this health care bill passes, it will cause a significant problem for our state, but that is not the most serious concern for those who believe all of our citizens should have access and the ability to obtain quality, affordable health care.
Fracking and other forms of resource drilling are not the way to a sustainable future. These forms of obtaining energy have been proven to increase cancer rates as well as damage major organs. Although working in fossil fuel industries may seem like the only employment option for some Pennsylvanians, there are ways to work toward the solution for a healthier Earth.
We’ve seen too many deaths related to dangerous drinking and hazing on campuses across the country. The horrific nature of Timothy Piazza’s death has further catalyzed a universal understanding that enough is enough. Many question whether these organizations are still sustainable. We believe they are, but only if a new governance model is established and accepted by all.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s June 7 Op-Ed demands an immediate response. Secretary Perry argues that we will have more economic development and jobs, more energy and a cleaner environment as a result of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. But he fails to support his argument with sound logic. This shouldn’t surprise us — before he was named Secretary of Energy by President Donald Trump, Perry was advocating to eliminate the very Department of Energy he now heads.
To accuse Otto Warmbier of “hostile acts against the state,” as North Korea did, and to sentence him to 15 years hard labor is outlandishly cruel and wholly uncalled for. Now comatose, the University of Virginia student has the nation praying for a miraculous recovery, for peace for his family.
The venom and vitriol in political speech needs to stop. The Democratic hate speech of late was adopted by a true believer, who took murderous action in Alexandria, Va., apparently based on those thoughts. I wish these hateful thoughts, words and behavior would come to an end.