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NEXT KADC POTLUCK & BUSINESS MEETING

February 23, 2014

We’ve decided to postpone the February KADC meeting one week until 6 p.m. on February 23rd. No, we’re not doing it because we’re nearly positive it’ll be impossible to find our office or park near it after all this snow. We’re doing it because candidates will start circulating nominating petitions on February 18th, two days after our regular meeting date.

Even if the snow isn’t getting in the way of our meeting, it is definitely going to make going door-to-door to collect signatures a challenge, so let’s give Democratic candidates a hand and sign their petitions at our next meeting. We invite you to stay for the meeting, but if you can only stop by to sign petitions, come right at 6 p.m.!

KADC Office
361 East Main Street
Kutztown, PA 19530

Our monthly Potluck & Business meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month unless otherwise noted.

 


 

 

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PRESS CONFERENCE: PA HEALTHCARE PLAN, HEALTHCARE FOR ALL PA, 4/4, 10 a.m., 13th & Union in Reading

Ron & Rosie sent us the following media advisory for the press conference this Thursday at 10 a.m. at 13th and Union in Reading. Area legislators will be on hand when Healthcare for All PA’s Healthcare Plan for PA will be officially announced. It’s not a rally, but you’re invited to attend.

 

State Legislators/Media Advisory: Press Conference: “PA Health Care Plan” 10AM, April 4, corner of 13th/Union St.

 

State Senator Judy Schwank, and Representatives Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi will be joining Berks County Co-ordinators for Health Care for ALL PA, Rosie Skomitz and Ron Stouffer, in our announcement of the release of a major Economic Impact Study (EIS) of the “PA Health Care Plan” – (SB 400, the Family and Business Healthcare Security Act). The press conference will be held at the corner of 13th and Union Streets on the sidewalk outside the 13th and Union Elementary School at 10AM on Thursday, April 4th.
Our contact information is: Rosie Skomitz, 610-790-4082 Ron Stouffer, 610-779-2774

 
Today we announce the results of a major Economic Impact Study (EIS) that confirms that a single-payer health care
plan will save families, businesses, and taxpayers $17 billion annually while at the same time provide comprehensive health
care to all of Pennsylvania’s residents. We are members of HealthCare4ALLPA.org a statewide non-profit, non-partisan group.

We invited state legislators who represent the citizens of the Reading School District and the City of Reading because of the positive
effect the proposed PA HEALTH CARE PLAN (PHCP) would have on the budgets of both the city and school district.

# President Obama’s health care law provides for state-based innovation if the plan is MORE EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICAL.

# A previous survey by HC4ALLPA found that MANY SCHOOLS WOULD SAVE 50% on health care costs.

The PHCP:

1) ELIMINATES health insurance PREMIUMS, DEDUCTIBLES, AND CO-PAYS.

2) GUARANTEES freedom of CHOICE OF DOCTORS, HOSPITALS, AND MEDICAL PROVIDERS.

3) INCLUDES DENTAL, VISION, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

4) ELIMINATES the need for hospitals to absorb the cost of care for the uninsured.

5) REDUCES bureaucracy and administrative costs for private physicians resulting in improved compensation.
6) IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS spending more than 10% of payroll on health benefits, YOU WILL SAVE MONEY.
Savings would also come from reduced workers compensation and lower auto insurance costs.

7) IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL who spends more than 3% of your income* on healthcare, YOU WILL SAVE MONEY.
* 3% including premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and pharmaceuticals.

COSTS ARE DRAMATICALLY REDUCED due to the consolidation of thousands of health care plans, insurance payers, and risk pools statewide into ONE PAYER AND ONE RISK POOL. ONE PAYER OR SINGLE PAYER eliminates insurance profits, advertising, and the duplicative administrative tasks found in our current multi-payer, fragmented health insurance system. The ECONOMIES OF SCALE inherent in a single payer, PUBLIC INSURER is a key to its efficiency.

The PHCP has enjoyed past support from the late Sen. Mike O’Pake, Sen. Judy Schwank, and Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Dante Santoni, Jr. RESOLUTIONS of support have come from Reading City Council and West Reading Borough.

Former Republican State Rep. and small businessman David Steil is President of HealthCare4ALLPA Education Fund and Chuck Pennacchio, Ph.D., is Executive Director. They can be reached at 215-680-1322 and 215-828-5055 respectively.

“THE STUDY COMPARES THE COST OF THE CURRENT FOR-PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE MODEL IN PA WHEREBY PROVIDER CHOICE IS LIMITED AND HEALTH SERVICES ARE RATIONED BY HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES TO THAT OF A CONSUMER-DRIVEN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WHICH LETS PEOPLE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.” David Steil and Chuck Pennacchio, News Release, March 5, 2013.

The EIS by Professor of Economics, Gerald Friedman, Ph.D. of the U. of Mass-Amherst, is found here: HealthCare4ALLPA.org

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Study proves that single-payer health care is best for Pennsylvanians and for the Commonwealth’s economy

A single-payer health care plan will save Pennsylvania families, businesses and tax payers $17 billion annually while providing comprehensive health care to all, according to an economic impact study released today.

Commissioned by Health Care for All PA, a statewide non-profit organization, the study was conducted by University of Massachusetts – Amherst professor of economics Gerald Friedman, Ph.D.

It compares the cost of the current for-profit health insurance model in Pennsylvania under which provider choice is limited and health services are rationed by health insurance companies to that of a consumer-driven health care system which gives people freedom to choose their own doctors, hospitals and health care providers.

The legislation to create this single-payer system will be re-introduced in the Pennsylania Senate (Senate Bill 400) on March 19 by Senator Jim Ferlo. The name of this state-based, consumer-driven health care system will be The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan.

Some of the important advantages of The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan are:

  • Comprehensive coverage for every resident of Pennsylvania, including dental, vision, mental health and prescription drug services;
  • Eliminates the need for hospitals to absorb the cost of care for the uninsured;
  • Reduces bureaucracy for private physicians resulting in reduced administrative costs and improved compensation for private physicians;
  • Reduces or eliminates health insurance over-costs for small business, allowing for more job creation, greater reinvestment of profits, and reduced workers’ compensation costs; 
  • Radically reduces the total cost of health care to levels more consistent with costs in the rest of the industrialized world.

A one-page Executive Summary along with the full text of the Economic Impact Study is available on our website: http://healthcare4allpa.org/.

Please spread the word. Contact your friends and legislators. Help us with donations for advertising and speaker transportation costs. Health care for all IS possible in Pennsylvania, but only if we demand it.

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Say NO to Pileggi’s Proposed Electoral College Changes!

Senator Dominic Pileggi plans to introduce a bill to change PA’s electoral college winner-take-all system to one that allocates the state’s 20 electoral votes on  a proportional basis. The plan is designed to help Republicans get elected and, in fact, was only proposed in states where Obama won in both 2008 and 2012, but where Republicans control the state government.

PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO THE SIGN-ON LETTER BELOW TO SAY NO TO THE PLAN! WE’LL SEND OUR LETTER TO ALL BERKS COUNTY STATE LEGISLATORS. TO ADD YOUR SIGNATURE TO THE LIST, PLEASE SEND YOUR NAME, TITLE (IF YOU WANT TO LIST AN AFFILIATION), STREET ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, and ZIP TO KAREN.FERIDUN@GMAIL.COM.

BUT, KADC MEMBERS, DON’T STOP THERE! Visit our TAKE ACTION page to find the contact information for your state and federal officials. Send your own messages to your legislators voicing your concerns on this issue and others!

DON’T FORGET YOUR LOCAL PAPER!! The Letter to the Editor section of the newspaper is one of the most widely-read sections, so please submit short 200 word letters with sources for any facts you state to your local newspaper. Most papers have links on their websites where you can submit letters electronically.

Say NO to Pileggi’s Proposed Electoral College Changes!

To: Senator David Argall, Senator Mike Folmer, Senator John Rafferty, Senator Judy Schwank, Representative Tom Caltagirone, Representative Jim Cox, Representative Gary Day, Representative Mark Gillen, Representative Jerry Knowles, Representative Ryan Mackenzie, Representative David Maloney, Representative Mark Rozzi, Representative Mike Tobash

 

Dear Senators Argall, Folmer, Rafferty, Schwank, Representatives Caltagirone, Cod, Day, Gillen, Knowles, Mackenzie, Maloney, Rozzi, Tobash

We, the undersigned, write to express our strong opposition to any changes to Pennsylvania’s electoral college system, including those Senator Dominic Pileggi is proposing that would allocate electoral votes proportionally based on the results of the statewide popular vote.

The electoral system in this state and country has worked, and mostly worked well, for more than 200 years. Unless we are going to have direct and popular election of the president, as the League of Women Voters and others support, there is no need to change the process. The effect of this proposal would be to make Pennsylvania the least attractive electoral vote mine in the country.

While a proportional system might appear to be fairer than the current winner-take-all system, a closer examination reveals problems with the plan that were very well described in a recent commentary in Politics PA.[i] Pennsylvania has 20 electoral college votes. In a proportional system, 1 vote would represent 5% of the vote and would not be able to be divided. As the author points out, a 51 – 49 vote would result in a 10 – 10 vote allocation. The inequity becomes even more pronounced in smaller states with fewer electoral college votes. Changes to our system might set the stage for changes in some of those states, rendering election results absolutely unreflective of the popular vote results.

At present, however, no other states are considering making such a change. In fact, similar plans were only proposed in five other states – Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and Wisconsin. These states have a couple of things in common with Pennsylvania: 1) they went for Obama in the past two elections and 2) they are controlled by Republicans at the state level. Indeed, the states were hand-picked by Republicans who saw an opportunity. All five of the states have rejected the plan.

Former National Republican Chair Haley Barbour was quoted as saying that no one can predict who would benefit from any such change. He says he prefers the system as it is. We agree.

Changing the system for political gains makes it one of the most infuriating maneuvers made in recent years. Pennsylvania has already been the brunt of national jokes and embarrassment for its debacle regarding state redistricting and voter ID. The courts have reacted negatively in both cases, requiring that considerable sums be spent in both court costs and voter notification. We are tired of political bickering while real issues remain unresolved.

Leadership requires that our elected officials rise above partisan fighting. We urge that you demonstrate leadership and oppose changes to the electoral college system in Pennsylvania.

Please, do not support a subdivision of democracy.

Sincerely,

Karen Feridun

President, Kutztown Area Democratic Club

260 East Main Street

Kutztown, PA 19530

 


[i] Allocating Pennsylvania’s Electoral Votes (commentary), by Barry Kaufman, Politics PA, February 6, 2013.

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Comment on the Filibuster Deal

Gene Mosca shared this cartoon by his cousin John De Salvio! Thanks, Gene!

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Helen Manderbach’s Call to Action Christmas Letter!

KADC member Helen Manderbach offered the following, which we excerpted in a letter we sent to prospective members. (Didn’t get the letter? We’re sorry! But we’d love to have you as a member. Visit our Join Us page!!)

 

Christmas Letter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

From your friendly neighborhood Democratic Party
to all members and former members

We need you now more than ever. Yes, we won the election ! CONGRATULATIONS ! But we are not in control of anything…. not the government, not the economy , not the media …and most especially …not
the Public.
And without people, a lot of people who think alike and want the same things, we won’t accomplish anything.
We must organize, join hands and minds , bringing together every Progressive in the country , the same way the Conservatives did 40 years ago.

We are not asking for money – although we won’t refuse it – We are asking for ideas — your time — your energy… your anger YES Until the people get fed up, nothing will happen to save this country. I have heard it often and so have you.
The next two years are crucial. We must put more Democrats in the congress and harass them to DO AS WE SAY. So much is at stake. Not just jobs, not just Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security , Health Care, Environmental laws, Consumer protection and…
…Above All Else….Campaign Finance Reform. |

Nothing is possible without solving the overwhelming presence of MONEY in our legislative process.

We have two powerful forces to overcome — the billionaires who own our government and the Uninformed Masses who support them.
There is nothing so pervasive as the ignorance of the electorate who don’t know or seem to care about what is happening in this country.
They are totally unaware of the income gap at present. In the 50’s , and 60’s the CEO of a company earned 40 times his workers’ income.
Now it is 400 times. That is outrageous!
When I tell this to people, they respond…” oh, we’ve always had the rich” No big deal. If you mention Grover Norquist, they haven’t a clue… an unelected demagogue with as much power, or more, than anyone in Washington!
If it was possible to reach these voters, how would we do it. The right wing extremists have captured the prop-aganda machine with phenominal success. And although the progressives have made good use of the Internet, it doesn’t seem to reach the same people.
It is indeed encouraging that more voters in this country chose not to follow those nuts when they chose Obama. But the Congress is still controlled by Republicans who have made it very clear where they stand on middle class problems. How can a man who needs a job vote Republican, but he does.
It is going to take a lot of imagination to find these voters and try to convince them that they are voting themselves out of existence. It has taken all of thirty years to ruin the economy. The conservative free market..trickle down system is a failure. Both parties had a hand in this. When unions could no longer support campaigns, the candidates turned to Wall Street.
And here we are. On our own, sink or swim, every man for himself. This is not the America I grew up in.
Let us hear from you. You must be as frustrated as we are and I am sure you can come up with a new angle that we haven’t thought of yet. Please.

HELEN

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Region A Scorecard

 REGION A SCORECARD

 Compiled by KADC President Linda Wood

Albany Twp.:Pa House 124 Knowles vs.  ?, PA Senate 29. Argall vs Seip, 15th Cong Dist.  Dent vs Daugherty

Centerport & Centre: Pa house 125 Mike Tobash vs Vicki Harman

Pa Senate 48 Mike Folmer vs.?  15th Congressional Dent vs Daugherty

Greenwich& Lenhartsville PA House 124 th Knowles vs ?, PA Senate 11 Schwank vs ? / 15th Cong Dist. Daugherty vs Dent

Hamburg: PA House124/Knowles vs ?, PA Senate 29 Argall vs Seip Congressional Dist #15/ Daugherty  vs Dent

Kutztown:PA House # 187 Day vs Joe Haas, PA Senate#11 Schwank vs ?, 15th Congressional Dent vs Daugherty

Leesport: PA House # 125 Mike Tobash vs Vicki Harman, PA Senate 11   Judy Schwank vs ?, 6th Congressional/Gerlach vs Trivedi

Longswamp & Topton: PA House #187 Day vs Haas, PA Senate #11 Judy Schwank/ 15th Cong Dist. Dent vs Daugherty

Lyons: PA House 187 Day vs Haas, PA Senate #11 Schwank vs ?, 15th Cong. Dist. Dent vs Daugherty

Maidencreek: PA House 124 Knowles vs ?, PA Senate 29th Argall vs Seip, 6th Cong Dist. Gerlach vs Trivedi

Maxatawny: PA House # 187 Day vs Haas, PA Senate 11th Schwank vs ?, 15 th Cong District Dent vs Daugherty

Ontelaunee: PA House 124 Knowles vs ?, PA Senate Mike Folmer vs ?, 6th Cong Dist Gerlach vs Trivedi

Perry Twp: PA House 124 Knowles vs ?, PA Senate Argall vs Seip, 15th Cong Dist Dent vs Daugherty

Richmond:  PA House 187 Gary Day vs. Joe Haas, PA Senate #11 Judy Schwank vs ?, 6th Cong. Dist. Gerlach vs. Trivedi

Rockland: PA House 130 Maloney vs Russ Diesinger, PA Senate 11 th Schwank vs. ?, 6th Cong. Dist. Gerlach vs Trivedi

Shoemakersville: PA House #124 Knowles vs. ?, PA Senate #29 Argall vs Seip, 15th Cong. Dist. Dent vs Daugherty

Tilden: PA House 125 Mike Tobash vs Vicki Harman, PA Senate Argall vs Seip, 15th Cong Dist. Daugherty vs Dent

Windsor:  PA House # 124 Knowles vs. ?, PA Senate #29 Argall vs Seip, 15th Cong. Dist. Daugherty vs Dent

 

CANDIDATE CONTACT INFO :

Rick Daugherty 610-706-0920 ardaugh@aol.com

Russell Diesinger 610-207-7384  DiesingerR@aol.com

Judy Schwank www.judyschwank.com/

Tim Seip 570-691-8785

Joe Haas  haas.joseph.m@gmail.com

Manan Trivedi 610-621-2366 mtrivedi@ trivediforcongress.com

Web: www.trivediforcongress.com

 

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