Governor Wolf Continues Push to Vote “No” on Hurtful AHCA as House Debate Continues

first_imgGovernor Wolf Continues Push to Vote “No” on Hurtful AHCA as House Debate Continues March 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Healthcare,  Latest News,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – As U.S. House members continue to debate the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in Washington D.C., Governor Wolf is reiterating his strong opposition to the bill in a letter to the Pennsylvania delegation, again urging them to vote no and stressing that the amendments that remove essential health benefits will have devastating effects on millions of Pennsylvanians.“The original text of the AHCA, if put into practice, would have devastating consequences for Pennsylvanians and our economy,” Governor Wolf said in a letter to delegates. “But recent amendments have made a bad situation worse.“Essential health benefits, which the Affordable Care Act guaranteed so insurance companies had to at least establish a baseline for “minimum” coverage, have been removed. That means that prescription drugs, maternity benefits and newborn care, emergency services, and mental health care, among others, will no longer be required elements of health coverage.”Governor Wolf has made protecting care for millions of Pennsylvanians, who could see their coverage eliminated or diminished by the AHCA, a top priority. The AHCA would also have wide-ranging negative impacts on Pennsylvania’s economy by increasing costs for older and vulnerable residents and sharply increasing the amount of uncompensated care provided by already struggling small and rural hospitals.Read the full text of the letter below:Dear Congressman,Thank you for your continued engagement this week as you consider the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As you prepare to debate and vote on the AHCA on the House Floor today, I wanted to take one last opportunity to urge you to vote no.The original text of the AHCA, if put into practice, would have devastating consequences for Pennsylvanians and our economy. But recent amendments have made a bad situation worse. Essential health benefits, which the Affordable Care Act guaranteed so insurance companies had to at least establish a baseline for “minimum” coverage, have been removed. That means that prescription drugs, maternity benefits and newborn care, emergency services, and mental health care, among others, will no longer be required elements of health coverage. Decisions about essential health benefits would be left up to states but significantly reduced federal funding will force states to make one of two decisions – offer the same benefits to a smaller number of people or offer a smaller benefit package to the same number of people. In either case, all the progress we have made to improve health outcomes, reduce the number of uninsured individuals, and serve people in better, more efficient ways will be reversed as benefits are cut and less people are served.It appears that the purpose of the legislative process, to engage in meaningful deliberations that determine the viability of laws and whether they make practical sense in implementation, has been lost in this debate. It has been replaced instead with piecemeal amendments intended to shore up individual votes that continue to strip coverage from more and more people. For the sake of the people of Pennsylvania, and for all Americans, I urge you to vote no on this hurtful and extreme piece of legislation.Sincerely,Tom WolfGOVERNORlast_img read more

Sergio Ramos Becomes Spain’s Most-capped Player with 168 Appearances

first_imgSergio Ramos Targets Tokyo Olympics 2020 with SpainReal Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has written his name into the history books to become Spain’s most-capped player ever.Ramos started Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday night away at Norway, making a staggering 168th appearance for his country – one more than goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas.The 33-year-old centre-back has also become the most-capped European outfield player in the history of the game, surpassing Latvian legend Vitalijs Astafjevs. Ramos has enjoyed a stellar international career, winning the World Cup in 2010, as well as the Euros back-to-back in 2008 and 2012 with Spain.The defender made his first appearance for the senior side all the way back on March 26, 2005 against China.At only 18 years and 361 days of age, Ramos became the youngest player to feature for Spain’s national team in the last 55 years prior to that date.Ramos will undoubtedly be looking to win many more caps before he eventually hangs up his boots and he is showing no signs of slowing down.Ramos was set to enjoy the perfect night on Saturday with Spain on the verge of sealing a clean sheet and a 1-0 victory against Norway.However, Josh King scored a last-minute penalty to equalise in injury-time after Omar Elabdellaoui was clumsily fouled by Kepa Arrizabalaga.Meanwhile, the Real Madrid defender has revealed he’s keen to represent Spain at the 2020 Olympics after playing in next summer’s European Championships.International sides are able to select three overage players in their squads, which are otherwise comprised of players under the age of 23.As Spain’s captain, Ramos would appear to be one of the most likely of La Roja’s experienced players to be given a call-up – and he says he’s open to the idea.‘Any player that is offered the opportunity to play in the Olympic Games would say yes,’ he said. ‘It is too early to discuss this as I will not be rushed.‘For now, I am just focused on Real Madrid and qualifying for Euro 2020. There is still a long time left to decide, but it is a nice idea to go to the Olympics.’Spain are on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2020 but saw their progress delayed after drawing 1-1 away at Norway in their Group F qualifier on Saturday.Ramos is now Spain’s most capped player of all-time after starting the fixture and looks set to add many more to his record if he features in both tournaments next summer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more