Category Archives: Health

Thank Bob Casey For Supporting Senate Dems’ ‘Hobby Lobby’ Fix

Bob Casey personally opposes abortion rights, which sometimes finds him on the wrong side of the Democratic base on certain votes, but in the case of Senate Democrats’ Hobby Lobby fix, he wants to do the right thing. Criticizing politicians … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Health, Issues, US Senate

#PABudget: Why Aren’t We Talking About a Statewide Cigarette Tax Increase?

With the local cigarette tax for Philly schools passing out of committee, it’s a good time to zoom out and ask why we haven’t been talking about raising the cigarette tax all across the state to fill the Great Republican … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Health, Issues

What Are We Getting For All This? PA Has Higher Alcohol-Related Death Rates Than NY, NJ, and MD.

If Pennsylvania’s anti-competitive regulations are any good at preventing alcohol abuse, how come states with more competitive retailing like New Jersey, New York, and Maryland all have lower rates of alcohol-attributable deaths? The answer, of course, is that anti-competitive regulations … More after the jump

Posted in Health, Issues

PA Needs to Take Nurse Practitioners Seriously

The state of Pennsylvania makes it illegal for nurse practitioners to work without a physician’s sign-off. That’s not the case in some states who are following the policy recommended by the Institutes of Medicine. Letting nurse practitioners practice autonomously is … More after the jump

Posted in Health, Issues

Planned Parenthood PA Supports the Republican Version of VAWA

“Even Planned Parenthood supports the Republican version of VAWA.” That’s what Republicans can now say thanks to Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania. In what was either the worst-researched or most politically reckless mailer of the primary election cycle, Planned Parenthood PA’s political … More after the jump

Posted in Health, LGBT / Gay Rights, State Politics

PA Social Politics After Marriage Equality

Tom Corbett’s decision not to appeal the ruling striking down PA’s same-sex marriage ban marks the beginning of a new era in state social politics. While it’s still going to take some time for liberals to win the other big … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Issues, LGBT / Gay Rights, Religion

#PAGov: CorbettCare Would Be More Expensive Than Real Medicaid Expansion

Here is the price of ideology folks. The “free market” ideologues in the Corbett administration think that everything privately administered must, as a rule, be better and cheaper than anything publicly administered. So they are bending over backward to reinvent … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Health

#PA13: Roe v. Wade “Supporter” Brendan Boyle Co-Sponsored ALEC-Style Bill Clear-Cutting Abortion Clinics

Sometimes you just have to step back and appreciate a great political strategy. Americans United for Life has this “admitting privileges” bill that they shop around to states via their legislation factory, which requires all abortion clinics to be within … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Health, Religion, US House

‘Not Smart’ #PAGov Primary Strategy: Bragging About Helping GOP Undermine Obamacare

To recap, the candidate trying to brand herself as the strongest Obamacare supporter is the only one with a record of repeatedly voting with Republicans to undermine the law: Schwartz acknowledged to reporters that she has attempted to undo what … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Health

New polling data indicates Pennsylvania is a pro-choice state

Planned Parenthood PAC released polling data to Keystone Politics that questions a lot of the stereotypes projected on the Commonwealth – most critical is the inclination that Pennsylvania voters are overwhelmingly against reproductive choices for women. Sari Stevens, the executive … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Governor, Health, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate, US House