Posts from — November 2009

Advocacy in Action

November 30, 2009   Comments Off on Advocacy in Action

One of the Health Committee for Person’s with Disabilities strongest advocates, Denise Weis, was present, empowered, and shared the power of the personal at the recent community meeting with County Executive Dan Onorato on the closing of the Braddock UPMC hospital.

Denise was quoted in a story by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

And featured in the coverage of the event by KDKA-TV:


November 20, 2009   Comments Off on Braddock

I am interesting in hearing your thoughts on the closure of the Braddock Hospital.  On Wednesday I attended the community forum hosted by the County Executive.  At the meeting individuals spoke of trying to get an injunction to keep the hospital from closing, creating a committee to explore options for new uses of the building, as well as how to assist the employees.  What do you think is the best strategy moving forward? Give me your thoughts and opinions.  Tell me your stories about Braddock Hospital.  Let’s have a conversation.

Senate health reform bill scored

November 19, 2009   Comments Off on Senate health reform bill scored

Harry Reid’s plan ups pressure on moderates
Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico, November 19, 2009.

Our voices we heard. Loud and (almost) clear.

November 13, 2009   Comments Off on Our voices we heard. Loud and (almost) clear.

Yesterday we blogged about an event that the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) helped to organize to let Congressman Altmire know that he needs to stand with the constituents of his district and pass health care reform A.S.A.P.  With the help of its community partners, PHAN was able to help organize a great event that helped to put us on the map in the district and solidify the presence of a strong consumer health advocacy group in fourth congressional district.

We also received great media coverage from yesterday’s event from multiple sources.  The only problem with this was that the news decided to highlight the more “frustrated” portions of the rally and not the fact that everyone in attendance was hopeful that the Congressman would ultimately support his constituents and vote to pass health care reform when it comes back to the House.

With the coverage we received we were even able to garner a direct response from the Congressman himself on KDKA:

As I said earlier, I don’t know that the tone of the coverage was necessarily representative of the event as a whole.  However, one thing is very clear though, this was a victory for supporters of health care reform and the Congressman now knows that many in his district will stand with him if he does the right thing and eventually corrects his mistake by voting for meaningful health reform

Here also is the coverage by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Beaver County Times:

Held Accountable

November 12, 2009   Comments Off on Held Accountable

Consumer Health Coalition and the Pennsylvania Health Access Network helped to organize a rally today outside of Congressman Jason Altmire’s Office in Aliquippa, PA to let him know that people in his district are upset with his vote against health care reform in the House over the weekend.

About 50 people showed up in the middle of the day outside of the city of Pittsburgh to let the Congressman know that it is not acceptable to support the status quo and vote against legislation that would help thousands of uninsured people in his district receive quality, affordable health insurance.  Folks pointed out that the income tax that the Congressman was staunchly opposed to would have impacted 0.3% of the households in his district.  People also voiced their personal health care stories and told the Congressman that he needs to put political issues aside because this is a life or death issue for too many people in his district that needs to be addressed NOW!

However, the crowd also expressed the fact that they are hopeful that the Congressman will support health care reform next time it comes back around for a House vote and that they will be watching to see what side he falls on next time.  Look back to the website tomorrow to see the coverage of the event by KDKA, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Beaver County Times.

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