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VIDEO: Scott Wagner Would Strip Health Care from Pennsylvanians Suffering from the Opioid Epidemic

Scott Wagner has publicly declared that he supports rolling back Medicaid expansion, which would be disastrous for Pennsylvanians suffering from substance use disorder.

Pennsylvania – Scott Wagner has publicly declared that he supports rolling back Medicaid expansion, which would be disastrous for Pennsylvanians suffering from substance use disorder. Medicaid expansion provides healthcare for over 720,000 Pennsylvanians, including over 125,000 people who are suffering from substance use disorder.

“As governor, Scott Wagner would deny treatment to those suffering from opioid addiction,” said Beth Melena, communications director for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg. He would rather give handouts to insurance companies than help people suffering from substance use disorder get the treatment they need. It’s despicable that Scott Wagner would put big insurance ahead of the health of Pennsylvanians.”

WATCH: https://youtu.be/E-SGiJe71Gc

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Governor Wolf Thanks the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 for Their Endorsement

Last week, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 endorsed Governor Tom Wolf for reelection.

Pennsylvania – Last week, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 endorsed Governor Tom Wolf for reelection.

“I would like to thank the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 for endorsing me for reelection,” said Governor Wolf. “We owe our police officers an ultimate debt of gratitude for selflessly putting their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. I am committed to working to ensure that our police officers have all of the resources they need to continue keeping us safe.”

“The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 2, is proud to endorse Governor Tom Wolf for reelection,” said Paul Herling, President of FOP Lodge 2. “Governor Wolf has demonstrated his commitment to supporting law enforcement and ensuring that we have the resources we need. We know that with a second term, he will continue to be a strong advocate for Pennsylvania’s law enforcement community.”

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Wagner Remains Silent on Republicans’ Latest Attempt to Strip Health Care from 5.3 Million Pennsylvanians

This morning, a federal judge in Texas heard opening arguments in the case of Texas v. United States. This case was brought by 18 Republican attorneys general and threatens the Affordable Care Act, specifically protections for those with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, or depression.

Pennsylvania – This morning, a federal judge in Texas heard opening arguments in the case of Texas v. United States. This case was brought by 18 Republican attorneys general and threatens the Affordable Care Act, specifically protections for those with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, or depression. Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner has remained silent on this case, which threatens the care and coverage of more than 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions.

“If Scott Wagner cares about protecting the health care coverage of the more than 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions, then he must immediately denounce this latest attempt to roll back Affordable Care Act protections and unleash chaos on our entire health care system,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign.Texas v. United States is a perfect example of how much Americans stand to lose if Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination is supported by Wagner, is installed on the Supreme Court and uses his power as a justice to take away our health care.”

 

BACKGROUND:

Texas v. U.S. Could Roll Back Pre-Existing Conditions Protections. “If the court sides with the Justice Department and strikes down only the mandate and the law’s popular protections for people with pre-existing conditions, insurers could return to denying coverage to such people or charging them more.” [New York Times, 9/04/18]

Wagner: “I Very Much Want To See Obamacare Get Repealed.” “I very much want to see Obamacare get repealed.” [Wagner Tele-Town Hall, 3/09/17]

Wagner Supports Kavanaugh’s Nomination. “Wagner, with running-mate Jeffrey Bartos at his side, tells his interrogator that ‘the answer to that question is that I support President Trump’s pick, and whatever happens in the Supreme– I can’t sit here and predict, I’m not a lawyer. But I’m 100 percent pro-life, and I support the president’s pick.’” [PennLive, 8/07/18]

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Governor Wolf Commemorates Labor Day with Hardworking Pennsylvanians

Governor Wolf spent Labor Day with the hardworking people of Pennsylvania. He visited the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and then attended picnics with AFT Pennsylvania, IBEW 5, Steamfitters, Bricklayers, and SEIU in Pittsburgh.

Governor Wolf spent Labor Day with the hardworking people of Pennsylvania. He visited the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and then attended picnics with AFT Pennsylvania, IBEW 5, Steamfitters, Bricklayers, and SEIU in Pittsburgh.

In light of recent attacks on unions and workers’ rights from Republicans in Washington and Harrisburg, Governor Wolf took the opportunity to assure workers that he will not waver in his commitment to protecting their rights. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME was the latest effort to deny workers the dignity and respect they deserve and is a major step backward for working families and the middle class. Immediately following the Janus ruling, the Wolf Administration took steps to reinforce the commonwealth’s policy that allows employees the right to:

  • Organize through their chosen representative unions
  • Bargain with the commonwealth
  • Enter into collective bargaining agreements
  • Organize freely and without fear of reprisal

Governor Wolf reiterated his promise yesterday to do everything in his power to stand up against any attacks on unions and efforts to roll back their rights. By re-electing Governor Wolf, Pennsylvanians will have a leader who will continue to:

  • Fight against so-called right to work legislation
  • Stand in the way of attempts to weaken prevailing wage laws
  • Stop efforts to destroy project labor agreements
  • Oppose Harrisburg politicians who want to undermine local efforts to provide commonsense benefits like paid sick leave
  • Protect worker’s ability to fight for higher wages, good benefits, and worker protections
  • Veto paycheck deception and other efforts to weaken unions

Unions in our country have fought for and won protections that we all enjoy, including the 40-hour work week, weekends, paid time off, and improved conditions for those who are trying to make ends meet. Unions don’t just improve the lives of our workers– they improve the lives of everyone in our society. Governor Wolf will continue to stand for the working men and women of Pennsylvania and will be our last line of defense against anti-worker policies.