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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango led an effort on health-care reform, but is silent on GOP health-care plan

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango's McKinsey & Company profile page before it was removed this month - IMAGE COURTESY OF MCKINSEY & COMPANY
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  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango's McKinsey & Company profile page before it was removed this month
Paul Mango, who is running for Pennsylvania governor as a Republican, worked for years as the head of Pittsburgh’s branch of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He stepped down as Pittsburgh branch director in February 2017, but while there, he was well known as being an expert on health care, health insurance and health-system reform.

A now-removed bio from the McKinsey & Company website described Mango as focusing on “the implications of health reform, the impact of consumer-directed health, the application of lean manufacturing principles to patient care delivery processes, and the rise of medical tourism.”

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Four takeaways from Allegheny County’s 2017 primary elections

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 2:45 PM

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By now you are probably aware that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto effectively won re-election by a landslide in the May 16 primary. (Peduto faces no Republican challenger in November.) The mayor received just under 69 percent of the vote, defeating his next closest opponent, Rev. John Welch, by 51 percentage points. Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris (D-North Side) finished third with 13 percent of the vote.

With Peduto’s re-election hogging the headlines, City Paper thought it would offer you some other takeaways that you might have missed:

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Is President Donald Trump losing support from Pennsylvania’s independent voters?

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 12:53 PM

President Donald Trump - WHITE HOUSE PRESS PHOTO
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When Franklin & Marshall College released its Pennsylvania political poll on May 11, President Donald Trump must have felt relieved. Although many polls nationally show Trump maintaining a low approval rating and, in some cases, even losing support, the Pennsylvania poll showed Trump gaining 5 percentage points from 32 percent approval in February to 37 percent in May. And 60 percent of Southwestern Pennsylvania voters (outside of Allegheny County) approve of the president.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

How Southwestern Pennsylvanian reps voted for AHCA, the GOP health-care plan

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 5:13 PM

Mike Kelly (left), Tim Murphy (center), and Keith Rothfus (right)
  • Mike Kelly (left), Tim Murphy (center), and Keith Rothfus (right)
In March, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) suffered a pretty humiliating defeat. Even with support from President Donald Trump, Ryan failed to garner enough support to bring his replacement of the Affordable Care Act, called the American Health Care Act, to the House floor for a vote.

At a press conference held shortly after taking the AHCA off the table, Ryan said "Obamacare [ACA] is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future.” But during the last couple weeks, Republicans have been scrambling again, rewriting the AHCA in order to secure the votes necessary to clear the House.

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