Physicians Support Public Option

A recent survey of nearly 5,000 physicians showed strong support (63 percent) for health reform that expands public and private health insurance options. Only 27 percent of responding physicians favored the expansion of private options only.

The findings are reported in the September 22nd issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Employer-based Coverage Continues Slide in PA

The long decline of employer-based health coverage in Pennsyvlania continued in 2008, as reported by the Census Bureau September 10.  The number of people with such coverage dropped to 7.1 million in 2008, down 11 percent from 8.0 million in 2000.

In total, 1.2 million Pennsylvanians were uninsured in 2007-2008.  This is roughly one in 10, as compared to one in 12 residents lacking coverage in 2000-2001. 

President Addresses Congress on Healthcare Reform

"We did not come to (elected office) to fear the future. We came here to shape it. . . . I still believe we can do great things, and that here and now we will meet history's test." To read President Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress, delivered September 10th, click on the link below.

The reform plan the President requested "will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance.  It will provide insurance to those who don't.  And it will lower the cost of health care for our famlies, our businesses, and our government."

Wall Street or Main Street?

"For too long the value of work has been diminished by policies that have put Wall Street above Main Street." That's Bill George, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, writing on Labor Day in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.