Bucks Co. Congressman offers Different Idea For Health Ins.
The 8th district Republican is talking about a plan he has that would replace Obamacare.
“I don’t want to be mean about this, but the President was trying to help, but instead of trying to help 41 million people access to care, there are ways to do it and much less expensive ways to do it. He has messed up the insurance system for the 250 million people where it was working, and we’re starting to see that.”
Fitzpatrick says, he wants to expand competition in the health insurance market, while maintaining some of the consumer safeguards included in Obamacare.
Conservative Think Tank Differs With Corbett on Health Care
The Commonwealth foundation, a Harrisburg conservative think tank, disagrees with Governor Corbett’s plan to divert Federally allocated Medicaid dollars to allow Pennsylvanians to get on the health care exchange.
“We have not supported that. In fact, we think it would be a bad idea. This will not improve peoples health or access, but that is waiting in Washington waiting for approval from the Obama Administration.’
That’s Matt Brouilette, C.E.O and President of the Commonwealth Foundation. He adds, the Corbett Administration is asking that unemployed people who want to get on the exchange, should demonstrate that they are looking for work. Brouilette says, the President will likely deny that request. Brouilette was a guest Tuesday morning on the WNPV program Regarding Uour Money with George Toth.
No Property Tax Increase in Lansdale
The proposed 2014 budget for Lansdale is available for public inspection. Borough Council has voted to advertise it. The 31.7 million dollar spending plan does not include a property tax increase. Sewer rates will remain the same as well. Borough Manager, Timi Kirchner gave the budget address Wednesday night.
“The budget, as required by law is balanced and does not require a tax or utility rate increase. Nor does it require borrowing from the planned for reserves garnered from the tax increase three years ago.”
Borough council will take final action on the budget December 18th.
House Passes Trans. Funding Bill For Pa. Bridges, Roads
Just a day after falling short, a transportation funding bill passes in the house. Bucks County State Rep. Paul Clymer, who voted for the bill, says the 2.3 billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and mass transit will not be fully carried out until the 5th year.
“So you’re not going to get the 2.3 billion dollars during the first year, neither the second year. You may get 800 million in the first year and 900 million in the second year, because these increases n the liquid fuel tax will come each year over a five year period.”
Clymer was a guest on the AM Edition this morning. He says many of his colleagues around the state mentioned how important funding is due to the deteriorating of the state’s highway system.