Pat Toomey continued his streak of obstructionism today by once again blocking the bipartisan extension of unemployment benefits after previously filibustering January’s attempt. Pat Toomey’s serial obstructionism has forced the 86,900 unemployed Pennsylvanians needing emergency benefits to live without insurance for six weeks so far. Those middle-class Pennsylvanians will continue to have to live without insurance until Toomey stops filibustering these bills.
We’re sick of these HEARTLESS politicians! Will you join us in voting Democratic for for a more compassionate Pennsylvania in 2014?
Earlier this week, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party said that congressmen “don’t make a lot of money,” even though they make $174,000 a year! Then, this past Tuesday, Senator Pat Toomey voted to end unemployment benefits for thousands of jobless Pennsylvanians. And Tom Corbett (the highest paid governor in the nation) is staunchly against raising the minimum wage while he gave his top staffers $10,000 raises.
Yesterday, Senator Pat Toomey voted against an overwhelming bipartisan federal budget compromise to keep our government operating. Despite his claims otherwise, this vote is just another extremist action proving that Senator Toomey is in lockstep with the radical Tea Party movement. It is an embarrassment that Toomey would vote to end disability checks to our Pennsylvanian veterans, stop Social Security and Medicare funding to the Commonwealth’s seniors and force our police out of work.
Pat Toomey claims that he is bipartisan but his actions have consistently proved otherwise. He says he works for the citizens of Pennsylvania, but he voted to extend the government shutdown and force our nation into default by breaking the debt ceiling in September. He expresses concern for veterans, but filibustered the Veteran’s Jobs Bill. He mentions the need to work together, but after filibustering the Transportation Infrastructure bill, he exclaimed at a Tea Party forum, “I told you we’d kill it, and we did.” And he says he is against discrimination, but then filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act for equal pay for equal work for women.
Sen. Toomey’s actions speak louder than his words: his votes consistently show him aligned with the Tea Party ideology that obstructs, undermines and prevents progress in our government, and therefore, our nation.
To the Times:
Since 1997, I have been helping Pennsylvania veterans and their dependents prove their VA claims as a pro bono lawyer. There are 980,000 Pennsylvania veterans — 202,000 of these living vets are veterans of the First Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. I am concerned that Congress is more interested in talking about “support the troops” than it is in providing meaningful assistance to our needy veterans.
The VA is currently swamped with more than 900,000 claims from vets and dependents seeking disability compensation and VA medical services. If Congress does not do something to save the VA, it will surely fail to meet the needs of our vets and their families. We need action.
While politicians in Washington continue to point fingers over Obamacare, folks in Pennsylvania are seeing the benefits of the law. In the past week, here are some of the stories we’ve seen.
- In Lackawanna County, after years of denials because of his pre-existing condition, a self-employed contractor now has better health care coverage for less money thanks to Obamacare.
- In Philadelphia, Obamacare has cut a diabetic small businesswoman’s monthly premiums by $500 – and that’s before she factors in the tax credits.
- In Pittsburgh, a South Side man has benefited twice from Obamacare – first with high-risk coverage, then with lower-cost coverage through the exchange.
But if Pat Toomey and Republicans in the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation had their way, none of this would happen. Their gut, block, and repeal strategy on Obamacare wouldn’t help one more small businessperson get better coverage for less money or one more worker with a pre-existing condition get coverage for the first time in years.
With Obamacare here to stay, it’s only a matter of time until more Pennsylvanians – and more Americans – have stories just like these…
“Joseph Lucas is a South Side house painter who has spent much of his adult life without health insurance coverage. … Three years after dropping coverage, on Oct. 10, 2010, he was hospitalized with an aortic aneurysm. Eleven days after that, he was given his discharge papers and a hospital bill for $69,000. He was also given, going forward, a pre-existing condition in the eyes of health insurers. … That’s when he learned about the provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that created a new ‘high-risk’ insurance plan, meant to provide coverage for uninsured people with pre-existing health conditions. … ‘I’m not very computer-savvy,’ Mr. Lucas said, and navigating the healthcare.gov website took him time over a few days. … Mr. Lucas had a choice of more than 30 plans from Highmark, UPMC Health Plan and HealthAmerica, he said. Ultimately, he selected a ‘silver-level’ plan from Highmark. After a federal tax credit of $233 a month is factored in, his coverage will cost about $150 a month — a great price, he said, for a 50-year-old man with an aortic condition. … The Affordable Care Act benefited him twice, he says, first with the high-risk coverage, then with the health exchange and the new rules that say policies offered on the exchange can’t account for a person’s health.”