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Tom Wolf: Here’s my letter to PA Congressmen on Trumpcare

On Wednesday, I sent a letter to five Pennsylvania congressmen who serve on two key House committees to formally ask them to vote “no” on

On Wednesday, I sent a letter to five Pennsylvania congressmen who serve on two key House committees to formally ask them to vote “no” on President Donald Trump’s disastrous plan, the American Health Care Act.

I wrote my letter to Representatives Tim Murphy, Ryan Costello, Mike Doyle, Pat Meehan and Mike Kelly because I want to make sure they know the truth: President Trump’s plan would harm healthcare access and increase costs for millions of families, seniors, and working people.

Now I’m asking you to join me. Will you stand with me and demand Congress reject President Trump’s plan to destroy access to healthcare and drive up the costs for Pennsylvanians?

Today, more than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians are enrolled in Medicaid. More than 700,000 of them gained coverage only after the expansion that I put in place as a part of the Affordable Care Act after taking office. Unfortunately, Trump’s plan puts the long-term security of Medicaid at risk and that could be a matter of life and death — especially those receiving life-saving addiction treatment that has finally begun to drive back the opioid epidemic plaguing our state.

Older Pennsylvanians would also be hit especially hard, as the proposed law would allow insurance companies to charge them five times as much as others, while drastically reducing subsidies that have made their care affordable. According to an analysis from Standard & Poor’s, a 64-year-old could see annual premiums increase by almost 30 percent. Trump’s plan is an “age tax” and that’s wrong.

People who have lived and worked in our communities, sometimes for their entire lives, will suddenly be at the mercy of health insurance companies who will no longer be restricted from charging them higher premiums than the rest of us. Women, in particular, will be hurt by the defunding of Planned Parenthood and restrictions on reproductive care.

While the Congressional Budget Office has yet to calculate the costs, independent analysis has already reported that Trump’s plan could force up to 10 million people to lose their health insurance and that costs for the average enrollee would go up by at least $1,500.

The fact is, Pennsylvanians can’t afford President Trump’s plan — and our representatives in Congress can’t afford to ignore the pain it will cause people across the commonwealth.

Will you sign the petition and demand Congress reject Trump’s dangerous and misguided healthcare plan?

Thank you.

 

Frances Wolf: Fighting for Equality on International Women’s Day

Those who marched in the first International Women’s Day more than one hundred years ago made it clear that women’s rights are human rights as

Those who marched in the first International Women’s Day more than one hundred years ago made it clear that women’s rights are human rights as they demanded good wages, safe working conditions, and the right to vote.

While we’ve undoubtedly made progress since then, far too many women still experience wage discrimination, and many extreme politicians in Harrisburg and in Washington, D.C. want to roll back women’s rights and restrict access to women’s healthcare.

I’m proud to have Tom as my husband and as our governor here in Pennsylvania. He understands that women need allies who stand with them to fight for equal pay for equal work, access to affordable healthcare, and the right to make their own choices with their body.

Stand with me and Tom to fight for women’s rights and access to affordable care in Pennsylvania — add your name to the petition.

And Tom understands these aren’t just social issues — they are also real economic issues that impact the daily life of women and families in Pennsylvania and across the country.

In Pennsylvania, 597,610 households are headed by women — and about 30 percent of those
households have incomes that fall below the poverty level. On average, women in our state earn about $10,000 less than men who work full-time. Eliminating that wage gap by requiring equal pay for equal work is equivalent to more than a year and a half of food for the average family.

As a former businessman, Tom understands why equal pay is good for business, and it’s pretty simple: If women don’t have to worry about having enough to feed their families or making rent, then they have money to spend on other things in the economy.

Unfortunately, President Donald Trump and his allies in Washington, D.C are fast-tracking a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act with legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, allow insurance companies to discriminate against women, and dramatically increase costs for women and families to have health insurance.

Independent analysis of Trump’s plan shows that on average, costs for current enrollees would go up by more than $1,542 more a year if you’re not one of the up to 10 million people who would lose coverage under the proposal. Increased healthcare costs would force more women and families to choose between seeing the doctor and putting food on the table.

As soon as I read the details of the plan, I knew Tom would come out forcibly in opposition. Just as he knows equal pay for equal work is good for business, he also understands how affordable coverage and access to reproductive healthcare is vital to women, their families, and the economy.

you’re proud to have Tom fighting alongside women for our rights, then please take a moment to sign the petition opposing Trump’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act

Thank you.

Tom Wolf: I’ll veto SB3 and fight for women’s rights

Some members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly seem to have missed the message that women’s rights are human rights. Instead of listening to women, doctors, and the Supreme Court, they are rushing to vote on SB3, the most extreme anti-choice bill in the country.

Just two weeks ago, millions of Americans took part in one of the largest protests in history to stand up for women’s rights — including tens of thousands right here in Pennsylvania.

But some members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly seem to have missed the message that women’s rights are human rights. Instead of listening to women, doctors, and the Supreme Court, they are rushing to vote on SB3, the most extreme anti-choice bill in the country.

If this unconstitutional, extreme legislation passes and lands on my desk, I will veto it.

I’m proud to stand with women and their families for access to reproductive healthcare — chip in $3 or more before Monday’s vote to show Harrisburg you’re standing with me to protect a woman’s constitutional right to choose.

SB3 would prevent doctors from informing patients about all their health care options and force women to carry a pregnancy to term with no chance of survival — and it even prohibits a woman’s right to have an abortion in the case of rape or incest.

We’ve already seen what happens when extreme politicians deny women their rights and put their health in jeopardy. Before the Supreme Court struck down HB2 in Texas, dozens of women’s health clinics closed — forcing many to drive 70 miles or more to see a doctor. The average wait time for an appointment went from five days to 23 days. A woman was forced to deliver a stillborn baby because of extreme legislation has that no basis in medicine.

But the sponsors of this bill want to ignore all that to serve extreme special interests instead of Pennsylvania women and families. They won’t even hold hearings before voting on Monday.

We need to work together and show these extreme members that we’ll never stop fighting for women’s rights –chip in before Monday’s vote.

Thank you.

Trump’s order is harming Pennsylvania families

This past weekend, I joined Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Bob Brady, Congressman Dwight Evans, and thousands of protesters at Philadelphia International Airport to voice my opposition to the ban. After hearing about how Dr. Assali’s family members were sent back, I met with his family and held a press conference with them so the world could hear their story.

William Penn arrived here on a ship called the “Welcome” and established a colony with the values of tolerance and inclusion as the keystones to its foundation. He envisioned this land as a place where families of all faiths could come to create a better future for their children.

And the United States, established by the signing of the constitution here in Pennsylvania, was set up as a country where people could escape oppression.

So when members of Dr. Ghassan Assali and Sarmad Assali’s family were denied entry at Philadelphia International Airport because of President Donald Trump’s ban affecting green card holders, refugees, and visitors from certain Muslim-majority countries, I was outraged.

One of Mrs. Assali’s brothers is a 25-year veteran of the United States Army. He fought in Desert Storm. Dr. Assali’s brother, sister-in-law, and four other family members worked for an immigration visa for 13 years, and they had finally completed the long journey from Syria. Dr. Assali and his wife remodeled a house for the six relatives to move into Saturday, and had been planning a big dinner for the family in Allentown.

But on Saturday, President Trump’s illegal travel ban caused the six of them to be sent back on 18-hour flight. Ghassan and Sarmad have done great things in Allentown for Pennsylvania and I think it’s a dark day for all of us that their family was treated this way by our government.

If you’re with me, stand up for the values upon which Pennsylvania and our country were founded — sign the petition to overturn President Trump’s order, and fight for families like the Assalis.

This past weekend, I joined Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Bob Brady, Congressman Dwight Evans, and thousands of protesters at Philadelphia International Airport to voice my opposition to the ban. After hearing about how Dr. Assali’s family members were sent back, I met with his family and held a press conference with them so the world could hear their story.

Since then, I’ve worked with Attorney General Josh Shapiro to fight for the Assali family and any Pennsylvania families who may be affected. Attorney General Shapiro has since gotten 16 other attorneys general from states across the country to sign on to a letter questioning the constitutionality of what the president did. I applaud Attorney General Shapiro and his fellow attorneys general.

While civil rights lawyers around the country have already won victories in federal court overturning or staying parts of President Trump’s order, this fight isn’t over. Too many still face the risk of being denied entry simply because of their nationality and religion.

We must reclaim our Pennsylvanian and American values — and to do that, I need to you standing with me to oppose President Trump’s order. Add your name to the petition

Thank you.