GOP putting the ‘mean’ in meaningless legislative efforts

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Fall, that time of year when a young man’s fancy turns to…a budget crisis, political dysfunction, a renewed health care mess and, oh, yeah, off-year elections. So, let’s see, the state still lacks a revenue plan to pay for a spending plan it passed some months ago, so now some bills aren’t being paid. The state House Republicans have come up with a wacky plan...

Unintended consequences and Newton’s Third Law

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times While Democrats wept over special election results this week, U.S. Senate Republicans — in secret — put together their version of the health care reform, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which apart from some minor details, appears to be a lot like the house health care plan, the American Health Care Act: it cuts benefits for the poor, could lead to big rate...

Bill was right: it’s a crazy system (part II of II)

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times Our current health care “system” is such an undependable patchwork as to be, for many Americans, crazy. For years Democrats have been saying that Obamacare, officially the Affordable Care Act (inspired, incidentally, by Mitt Romney’s program in Massachusetts) is imperfect but a good step forward while Republicans (even some benefiting from it) say...

Bill was right: it’s a crazy system (part I of II)

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times Bill Clinton was right about health insurance when he controversially said on October 3: “…The people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies. Why? Because they’re not organized, they don’t have any bargaining power with insurance companies, and they’re...

Letter: independent candidate should have had say on health ruling

To The Editor, In your article entitled “Mixed Reaction to Healthcare Ruling”, you disenfranchised tens of thousands of citizens in the 16th congressional district by only including the corporate candidates Pitts and Strader in your commentary. While we expect the corporate candidates to attempt keeping the political process entirely owned by corporate America and do everything possible...

Residents voice nearly unanimous plea not to privatize Pocopson Home

More than 200 attend county commissioners’ 2nd information session By Kathleen Brady Shea, Special to UnionvilleTimes.com About 230 local residents turned out for a meeting Monday night about the future of the Pocopson Home, with most supporting continued Chester County operation of the 275-bed facility. DOWNINGTOWN — The venue was larger and the crowd a bit smaller, but the message to the...

Pitts’ childrens hospital legislation passes committee

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-16) with Anna Lipsman (far left), her sister Leah, and mother Elaine. WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved Rep. Joe Pitts’ (R-PA) bill, H.R. 1852 Thursday, reauthorizing the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program. This program helps train doctors in pediatrics and in pediatric subspecialties. Rep. Pitts’ statement follows: ...