John Fetterman Denounces Wagner for Campaigning with Pence While Trump Administration Works to Strip Health Care from 5.3 Million Pennsylvanians

Today, Lieutenant Governor nominee John Fetterman denounced Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner for campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence while the Trump administration is actively working to strip health care away from 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions so they can give handouts to big insurance companies and special interests.

PENNSYLVANIAToday, Lieutenant Governor nominee John Fetterman denounced Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner for campaigning with Vice President Mike Pence while the Trump administration is actively working to strip health care away from 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions so they can give handouts to big insurance companies and special interests.

“Scott Wagner’s campaign event with Mike Pence shows that he would rather see big insurance companies and special interests be given handouts rather than protect Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, or diabetes,” said Mayor Fetterman. “If Scott Wagner, Mike Pence, and Republicans get their way, tens of millions of Americans could lose their health coverage, including more than 5.3 million Pennsylvanians.”

Supporting this type of policy is unsurprising for Scott Wagner. He has supported Donald Trump and his crusade to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which would raise health care costs for millions of hardworking Pennsylvanians, charge an age tax on older citizens, kick seniors out of their nursing homes, and strip access to care from women, people suffering from a substance use disorder, and those with pre-existing conditions. He has even said that he wants to roll back Medicaid expansion, which has provided health care to over 720,000 Pennsylvanians, including over 215,000 Pennsylvanians who are struggling with a substance use disorder.

The Governor of Pennsylvania makes serious decisions about the state of health care in the commonwealth, and Scott Wagner would be an absolute disaster for Pennsylvania.

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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Human Rights Campaign Endorses Governor Wolf

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign announced its endorsement of Governor Tom Wolf for reelection.

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign announced its endorsement of Governor Tom Wolf for reelection. Governor Wolf formally accepted the endorsement at a press conference alongside HRC President Chad Griffin, State Representative Brian Sims, State House Candidate Malcolm Kenyatta, Equality Pennsylvania Board Member Kira Kinsman, and LGBTQ advocate Gina Cline.

“Throughout his career, Governor Wolf has stood shoulder to shoulder with LGBTQ Pennsylvanians — fighting for fairness and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “HRC is proud to endorse Governor Wolf’s bid for reelection, and we look forward to continuing to fight side by side for equality across the commonwealth.”

Governor Wolf is a dedicated champion for equality in Pennsylvania. He is a strong advocate of the PA Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that extends non-discrimination provisions in state law to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Governor Wolf has signed executive orders to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination within state government and among its contractors and grantees. He has fought for the expansion of state health care benefits for LGBTQ employees and has appointed several members of the LGBTQ community to key positions within his administration.

“I am truly honored to accept the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement,” said Governor Wolf. “Throughout the last three years, they have been an important partner as we’ve fought to protect the rights of our LGBTQ community and ensure that Pennsylvania is inclusive, welcoming, and open for business for everyone. We have made progress, but I know that there is still more work to be done to ensure the rights of the LGBTQ community are protected. I am committed to continuing to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community and will keep fighting for a statewide anti-discrimination bill.”

VIDEO: Governor Wolf Buys John Fetterman a Tie

Governor Wolf and John Fetterman have been having many discussions about how they are going to work together to continue fighting to change Harrisburg. After

Governor Wolf and John Fetterman have been having many discussions about how they are going to work together to continue fighting to change Harrisburg. After hearty conversations about policy and substance, Governor Wolf finally broached a slightly uncomfortable topic – the fact that Mayor Fetterman will have to wear a tie when presiding over the Senate. Luckily, Mayor Fetterman was up for a shopping trip to Boscov’s with the Governor.

Watch “Governor Wolf Buys John Fetterman a Tie:” https://youtu.be/TouDW2I0S-w

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Equal Pay

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took matters into his own hands to combat the gender pay gap which is plaguing Pennsylvania’s women, families, and businesses.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took matters into his own hands to combat the gender pay gap which is plaguing Pennsylvania’s women, families, and businesses.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order regarding applicants to state agencies and salary history in hopes of helping to close the gender pay gap.”

The executive order directs state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to no longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring process, to base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skills, and to clearly explain the pay range on job postings.

Pennsylvania women make just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes– a gap of 21%. This gap costs women an average of $10,000 a year and makes it harder to for them to buy homes, pay for college, and provide for their families.

“The gender wage gap is wrong,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s wrong for women, wrong for families, wrong for business, and wrong for the economy of Pennsylvania. This executive order begins to end this discriminatory practice, so that women hired by the commonwealth are paid what they deserve, and the wage gap does not follow them to a state job.”

Governor Wolf also called on the General Assembly to pass similar protections for all working women in Pennsylvania.

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