Governor Wolf, Insurance Commissioner React to the Congressional Budget Office’s New Score of the American Health Care Act

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf, Insurance Commissioner React to the Congressional Budget Office’s New Score of the American Health Care Act May 24, 2017center_img Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today issued the following statements on the Congressional Budget Office’s new score of the American Health Care Act.Governor Wolf Statement:“The American Health Care Act will hurt millions of Americans, particularly Pennsylvania seniors, by raising costs and putting essential health coverage at risk and the Congressional Budget Office’s score proves this. This legislation will strip millions of people of their health care, increase costs for things like maternal care, and force older Pennsylvanians to pay more.“I will continue to fight to protect access to quality, affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians, especially our elderly and most vulnerable citizens with chronic health needs and pre-existing conditions. I hope the U.S. Senate takes the impact of these attempted reforms to heart moving forward and shows more respect to the people they were elected to serve.“I urge the U.S. Senate to move away from this legislation and instead focus on reforms that can improve the Affordable Care Act by promoting stability and addressing the rising health care costs around the country.”Commissioner Miller statement:“Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed what we already know – the American Health Care Act is a reckless piece of legislation that will endanger health care for millions of Americans and further destabilize the insurance market.“According to the CBO’s score, the number of uninsured compared to the Affordable Care Act would rise to 14 million in 2018, then 19 million in 2020 and 23 million in 2026. Millions of people will be forced off insurance due to higher premiums than they currently are and lower financial assistance that will be based on age instead of financial need.“Higher prices and the elimination of the individual mandate will force people out of the market, causing further instability for insurers if they are left with a less healthy risk pool. This instability will only continue to drive up prices for consumers left in the market.“Instead of focusing on real reforms that can improve how the Affordable Care Act works for all Americans without hurting those who benefit from the law, House Republicans and the Trump Administration doubled down on a bill that jeopardizes affordable and robust coverage for older and low-income Pennsylvanians and the 5.4 million with pre-existing conditions – our most vulnerable citizens.”last_img read more

Syracuse hosts Notre Dame in pivotal conference matchup, still looking for first ACC win

first_img Published on March 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse A year after finishing his career as an elite defender on Syracuse’s back line, Brian Megill already sees things differently. Since leaving SU, he’s gained a new outlook on the game, and it’s one he wishes he had while still playing with the Orange. So a day after SU dropped its third Atlantic Coast Conference game in as many tries on Sunday, Megill emailed some of his former teammates. He’s worked through the same kind of rut the team is currently stuck in, and offered a perspective it badly needs. “I wanted to tell them that bad runs happen, but have to be stopped by the team as a whole,” Megill said. “For guys like the seniors, there isn’t a lot of time left and I lived that last year.”No. 9 Syracuse (4-3, 0-3 ACC) hosts No. 7 Notre Dame (4-2, 2-0) in the Carrier Dome at noon on Saturday, and it could be the last chance for the Orange to salvage a season that is slipping away. For SU’s senior class — notably goalie Dominic Lamolinara, attack Derek Maltz, midfielder Billy Ward and long-stick midfielder Matt Harris — the date with the Fighting Irish, and the games proceeding it, present an ultimatum of sorts. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has six games left on its regular-season schedule. And if it doesn’t end its season-long skid soon, it won’t play into the ACC or NCAA tournament, and a handful of careers will be cut short. “We’re not happy,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We have to get better, we’re better than halfway through the season, and we have to get better as a group in almost all aspects.”The hours following SU’s 21-7 loss to Duke last Saturday were solemn. No more than 30 minutes after the final whistle, players were watching film — of them being outclassed by the Blue Devils — on their laptops in the team van. When they got on the plane, the laughing that follows road wins was absent. So was the light talking that normally follows a road loss. NCAA rules forced Desko to give the team a day off Monday, and he still hadn’t seen his players when he addressed the media before practice Tuesday afternoon. But they had seen one another. “We had a team meeting, and it was one of the more brutal team meetings I’ve ever been a part of,” Lamolinara said. “For the first time ever I think our hearts were questioned, where we are and what we want.“I mean, with the way it looked on Sunday I think it’s warranted to question where some people’s hearts are.”As has been the story all season, the next game isn’t any easier than the last. Notre Dame doubled up No. 8 Virginia 18-9 on March 16 — Syracuse lost to the Cavaliers by five goals earlier in the season — and edged No. 5 North Carolina 11-10 on March 1. UND also has the second best faceoff specialist in the country in senior Liam O’Connor, who is winning draws at a 68.5 percent clip. And in its last game against Ohio State, sophomore attack Matt Kavanagh scored a program record-tying seven goals. Syracuse, on the other hand, is still cycling six players through a faceoff rotation winning draws just 37 percent of the time. O’Connor gets to improve his torrid start against a limping group, and if he gets the Fighting Irish possession more times than not, Kavanagh will have a chance to put a dent in the scoreboard. There’s no time for Syracuse to breathe after its worst loss of the season. Just another tough test, six games and the growing possibility that that will be it.“The thought of having just six more games is mind boggling,” Lamolinara said. “I used to have that many games in a weekend at some tournaments. Looking at that has opened up our eyes to what we have in front of us.“We haven’t lost anything yet and our goals are still there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MTN FA CUP: Committee wants improvement in competition

first_imgNew chairman of the FA Cup committee J.Y Appiah has promised massive improvement in the organization of the Cup competition this season.The 5th edition of the MTN FA Cup tournament was launched on Tuesday at the Ghana Football association’s head office here in Accra.The competition just like previous years will begin with lower division sides taking part in the preliminary stage. J.Y Appiah who has taken over the chairmanship position from Lepowura MND Jawula says he is ready for the task ahead and wants to improve on what his predecessor did.“It is a sacrificial job and is my prayer that I get the strength to work,” he told Joy Sports“I believe in teamwork and I don’t want to commit myself and say I will do this and that if anything the committee will sit down and exchange ideas and see the way forward. “But we will target to improve on what we have done in previous years.”The preliminary round of the MTN FA Cup competition is scheduled to kick off from Wednesday 28th January through to Sunday February 1.This round of the competition will involve some second and third tier sides with the Premier leagues set to join in a Round of 64 draw which will be held on February 9.last_img read more

Bat with common sense – Miller … Scorpions skipper demands improvements from batsmen

first_img BE SENSIBLE Newly appointed Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller is calling for better judgement to be exercised by batsmen within the team as they seek to address their batting failures in the ongoing 2016-2017 Digicel WICB Regional Four-day Championship. Set to contest their third match of the campaign, beginning on Friday at Sabina Park, against early leaders Barbados Pride, the Scorpions, who are currently fifth in the six-team tournament, have so far passed the 200 runs landmark once in four innings. That was against reigning champions Guyana Jaguars in Guyana in their first innings. The other totals have been 147, 151 and 159. These below-par performances have also resulted in only two players, opener John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood, scoring half-centuries with the former scoring two, and the latter once. The left-handed Campbell hit 71 and one against Guyana before following up with 32 and 67 against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the weekend at Sabina Park, while West Indies Test representative, Blackwood, after scoring 18 and 96 against the Jaguars, put up three and 27 in the second match. “We need to be sensible about what we are doing. I don’t think we are showing enough common sense in our batting,” states Miller, who claimed a Man of the Match, five for 22, in the second innings to spearhead Jamaica to a come-from-behind 41 runs over the Volcanoes on Monday. They lost to the Jaguars by 181 runs in their opener. “We have as batsmen an aggression naturally because that’s how we play naturally, but what you see happening is we are not finding the right kind of blend in terms of attacking or defending. “It is disappointing, and we need to find that combination very quickly, or else as the season progresses, we are going to falter.” Jamaica, who under the leadership of young batsman, Paul Palmer Jr, finished third last season, has two other specialist batsmen on their 13-man roster. They are discarded West Indies opener, Shacaya Thomas, and promising young batsman, Brandon King. This could thereby result in a possible change for the Barbados clash with Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith with scores of 20, 13, six and 22, a potential candidate for a replacement. SPECIALIST BATSMEN Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, fresh from his recent tour with West Indies ‘A’ away to Sri Lanka, is the other specialist batsman in the team. He has so far amassed totals of 36, two, one and one. Out-of-favour West Indies wicketkeeper batsman Chadwick Walton has been batting at number six and has so far tallied scores of 14, 13, six and 14. All-rounder and new recruit, Derval Green, in the two matches so far has effected scores of five, zero, four and two batting at number seven. “Barbados will be a tougher challenge, and our batters need to recognise this, and do something about it,” Miller added. “Information is not short, practice is not short, and encouragement is not short. It’s down to the individual to get themselves going.”last_img read more