Posts from — August 2011

UPMC and Highmark: The Buyout, the Battle, the Bullying

August 30, 2011   Comments Off on UPMC and Highmark: The Buyout, the Battle, the Bullying

Last week, the House Insurance Committee held a public hearing on the dispute between UPMC and Highmark. Unless both entities agree to sit at the table together, 4.8 million people in Southwest and Central PA could lose access to providers and critical health services.

Read more below:

Profits Over Patients: The Highmark-UPMC War is Uncharitable

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Our Medical Giants Need to Feel Our Sting

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Mark your calendars for these two important events:

Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Hearing

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Lower Lounge (4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh)

Town Hall Meeting hosted by Senator Jim Ferlo

Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Ballroom (4141 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh)

PA Insurance Exchange

August 15, 2011   Comments Off on PA Insurance Exchange

Let the Games begin!

August 1, 2011   Comments Off on Let the Games begin!

It’s the first day of  August. Excellent! I’m one who always likes the beginning of new months — it gives me a chance to renew, to start again, to clean the slate, to get back on the field what had been benched for a while.

Yes, the blog is back. I know….at this point we’ve been to “Return of Blog,” and “Son of Blog,” and now could reasonably do “Distant Third Cousin of Blog;” yet, we are again in the blogging business so let us begin.

This is another major sports week here in our fair city and it has nothing to do with the Pirates (may they find anew their winning ways) nor the Steelers.

I am referring to the 31st National Veterans Wheelchair Games that Pittsburgh will host this week.  Over 600 athletes will compete in 17 different sports.

For we who are long-suffering Pirates fans this has been a gift of a summer as our Buccos are winning and being featured on ESPN where the pundits promote the Pirates grit and grind and heart.  Alas, our boys in black and gold are not even close to the fight, fire, and strength that will be celebrated at this week’s Games.  Make it a point and a “must do” and attend some of the athletic events.

Most of the competition takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. For a schedule of events visit this link:

Game on!


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