“Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013” Passes The House
The problems with the Affordable Care Act continues to be a source of frustration for potential participants, lawmakers and people who were already insured. The latest problem, aside from the website, Health.gov, is the cancellation of insurance policies. Bucks County Congressman, Mike Fitzpatrick has taken action with a proposal called “ The Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013”, which he co-sponsored. The measure passed in the House Friday afternoon, 261 to 157. 39 Democrats voted for the Act.
“Essentially just says, the President made a promise. He’s acknowledged it and apologized that he’s having a difficult time keeping it. The promise is that if you have a policy you like you could keep it. If he can’t live up to that commitment, we’re going to help him do it.”
Fitzpatrick, a guest on WNPV's AM Edition Friday morning, says 5 million people have received termination notices from their insurance companies stating that their plan no longer fits the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The measure now heads to the Senate, where it’s not likely to get the same reception.
Corbett’s Campaign Would Benefit From Trans. Funding Bill
Governor Corbett paid a visit to Willow Grove Thursday night. It’s part of his Promises Kept re-election campaign. Political insider, Doctor Terry Madonna says, Corbett made multiple cuts to education, but a transportation funding bill could revitalize his administration in the eyes of the public.
“I think they’re getting close from sources in Harrisburg to a transportation bill. The question is will it be big enough and the big debate is over something called prevailing wage and whether that wage is suspended for construction jobs up to a 100,000 dollars.”
Madonna adds, Corbett also has to contend with an out of control pension system that is in a 50 billion dollar deficit.
Kerns Resigns From Top G.O.P Post In Montco.
He has not been charged or arrested, but Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman, Robert Kerns, has resigned as Chairman over allegations that he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman following a G.O.P dinner in October. So far, the woman that Kerns allegedly assaulted has not come forward and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office is not commenting. Kerns’ resignation will take effect Friday. Kerns has been Chairman since 2008. Kerns is a partner in a law firm located in Upper Gwynedd Township.
NP School Board G.O.P Sweep, Szekely,D’Angelo,Kaler Win.
In Tuesday’s elections, the G.O.P. swept the North Penn school board. President, Vince sherpinsky says, keeping taxes down was key.
“We’ve able to keep taxes down for homeowners in the district for 16 years and they didn’t forget it. I you want to see how things are done, you come to North Penn, we’ll show you how it’s done the right way.”
Sherpinsky was voted in to a 5th term. Lansdale Mayor, Andy Szekely retained his office.
“I was able to get out there and meet the voters. It was a good night for weather and the voters came out and things went well.”
Democratic challenger, Doug Dipasquale says, he still cares, despite coming up short
“If anyone wants to contact me for anything, I’ll be ready to take their call. I care about the Lansdale and know this place inside and out.”
North Wales has a new Mayor as Republican challenger, Greg D’angelo beat Democratic incumbent, Doug Ross. D’angelo appreciates the support from members of the community who cast a ballot for him.
“I was out in the community and I believe the voters came and supported me, for that I just want to thank them.”
Republicans swept the contested races in Hatfield borough. Mayor Robert Kaler will serve another term. In Hatfield Township, Commissioner Chairman, Tom Zipful holds on to his Ward 4 seat.