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Meanwhile in Chester County Pennsylvania

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Group lobbies for single-payer health care in Pa.

On Dec. 9, Lani Frank, a board member of Health Care for All Pennsylvania, made a presentation to supervisors in East Whiteland. She has been urging municipal officials throughout Chester County to send a resolution to Harrisburg supporting the bills.

East Whiteland's supervisors said they were not ready to endorse the legislation but would support another initiative of Health Care for All Pennsylvania: an economic impact study of the program.

The supervisors said they would consider sending a resolution to their elected officials in Harrisburg, asking that the state contribute funding for the study.

The study would be made by the Lewin Group, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, and would cost more than $100,000.

Are we all clear on why a known swindler should not be allowed to do the study? If only there were a high profile blogger based in Chester, Pennsylvania who could warn readers about this.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

I suspect that some lobbyist got to the Board of Supervisors and they suggested Lewin Group. But yeah, HealthCare4AllPA needs to be warned.

Submitted by Fran on

Lani Frank is not listed on the HealthCare4AllPA, but she is listed on Democracy for America, and she is a member of the Chester County Democratic Committee.

Also, part of a follow-up report I received via e-mail from HealthCare4AllPA, via email said:

"Finally, and by way of consensus emerging from yesterday's historic Banking and Insurance Committee hearing, our next critical step is to raise the funding to complete our ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY. Two months ago, you and other HC4APA supporters provided the $5,000 in seed money to get us to the point where we are today. Now, with the study prospectus in hand and bidding negotiations finalized, it is on all of us to raise an additional $49,000 to complete our EIS and, provided the learning experiences of other states, "grease the legislative skids." We truly are that close. So, obviously, if you can give, do so to the best of your ability. If you know others who can contribute, please ask them to help as well. And if you know folks who are serious enough about considering a donation, but need a briefing on SB 400/HB 1660, let us know that as well."

So, HC4APA plans to spend a total of $54,000 (or did I read this wrong) for an Ecomonic Impact Study, not $100,000, and the Banking and Insurance Committee plans to hold more hearings.

I don't think this lady represents HealthCare4AllPA. And, nowhere does their website endorse the Lewin Group. I am going to email HC4APA and ask them.

Submitted by lambert on

Please let us know how this plays out.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

part of the reason I posted this was in the hope that someone on the ground would make inquiries.