The LuLac Edition #1017, Nov. 23rd, 2009
WILK has a Rush Limbaugh feature on every morning at 7:25AM. Usually the little snippet borders on the ephemeral. The fact is it is usually as interesting as elevator music to me but this morning Rush was screaming about our own 11th District Congressman Paul Kanjorski. That got my attention. Limbaugh’s ire was directed at Kanjorski’s efforts to rein in the banking and wall street industry. Rush was saying that Kanjorski was trying to destroy the public sector and then went into a rant on how the only thing the Congressman and the Democrats appreciate is big government, blah, blah blah, the usual “Rush” stuff. They say you can tell a lot about who your enemy is. For Rush to get annoyed with our hometown boy is really pretty interesting. You have to really hand it to the Congressman. He has hit the big time when his work and actions get under the skin of Comrade Rush. Keep appearing on CNBC Congressman, have Rush bust some more blood vessels.
PA. AND HEALTH CARE
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of a new report highlighting the benefits of health insurance reform for Pennsylvania. Health Insurance Reform and Pennsylvania: The Case for Change is available now at www.HealthReform.gov. “Families, seniors and businesses are all suffering under the health care status quo,” said Sebelius. “Our new reports demonstrate how health insurance reform will improve health care for all Americans.”
The report provides specific details on the benefits of reform for Pennsylvania. Under health insurance reform in Pennsylvania:
1.3 million residents who do not currently have insurance and 683,000 residents who have non group insurance could get affordable coverage through the health insurance exchange.
904,000 residents could qualify for premium tax credits to help them purchase health coverage. 2.2 million seniors would receive free preventive services. 393,000 seniors would have their brand-name drug costs in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” halved.
151,000 small businesses could be helped by a small business tax credit to make premiums more affordable. The report also notes that if we do nothing, by 2019 the number of uninsured people will grow by more than 30 percent in 29 states and by at least 10 percent in every state. Without reform, the amount of uncompensated care provided will more than double in 45 states. Additionally, businesses in 27 states will see their premiums more than double and fewer people will have coverage through an employer if the status quo continues. To read the complete report and learn more about health insurance reform visit www.HealthReform.gov.