Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Health-care workers, policy experts and politicians question Sen. Toomey’s commitment to opioid epidemic

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 1:17 PM

Allegheny General Hospital nurse Caitlyn Fitzsimmons at a June 22 rally in Downtown. - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • Allegheny General Hospital nurse Caitlyn Fitzsimmons at a June 22 rally in Downtown.
In June 2016, U.S. Congress voted to drastically increase funds to the National Institute of Health to battle the opioid epidemic, up to $261 million a year. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R- Lehigh) said in a 2016 statement that "it is important that my colleagues and I work to stem the opioid crisis in an effective and fiscally responsible manner.”

Pennsylvania had the eighth-highest overdose-related death rate of any state in 2014 and the sixth highest in 2015. That increase was one of the highest in the U.S. and was considered “statistically significant,” according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015 in Pennsylvania, 3,264 lost their lives due to drug overdoses. The CDC report said the vast majority of these deaths were caused by opioid usage.

As the opioid crisis has worsened across the country, and particularly in Pennsylvania, some are becoming critical of Toomey’s recent moves related to federal funding for opioid-addiction treatment. Toomey is one of about a dozen U.S. senators who crafted the Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. (The U.S. House version is called the American Health Care Act).

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pittsburgh goes pink to support Planned Parenthood, denounce proposed GOP health-care cuts

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:45 PM

"Pink Out" rally at the City-County Building Downtown - CP PHOTO BY REBECCA ADDISON
  • CP photo by Rebecca Addison
  • "Pink Out" rally at the City-County Building Downtown
Earlier today, Senate Republican leaders released a draft of the long-awaited health-care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Along with cuts to the country's Medicaid program, which helps low-income, elderly and disabled Americans, the bill would defund health-care organization Planned Parenthood for one year.

"Over 2 million patients rely on Planned Parenthood every year," said Pittsburgh City Councilor Natalia Rudiak at a rally yesterday evening. "Three out of four Americans want Planned Parenthood funded so it can keep saving lives."

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, June 2, 2017

John Fetterman says Trump’s Paris withdrawal is more about Somerset County than about Pittsburgh

Posted By on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 5:29 PM

President Donald Trump (left) and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (right) - WHITE HOUSE PRESS PHOTO/CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • White House press photo/CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • President Donald Trump (left) and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (right)
On June 1, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was leaving the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, an international agreement to reduce global carbon emissions. This was already enough to throw progressives into a tizzy, but when Trump said in his speech that “I was elected to serve the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” many Pittsburgh Democrats, and other prominent liberals across the country, lost their collective shit.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto pointed out that Pittsburgh voters chose Hillary Clinton, with her receiving 80 percent of the city’s vote, and he later spoke to multiple cable-TV news outlets about how the city has been working for decades to clean up the environment and shed its polluted Rust Belt reputation. And many stories during the national news cycle over the last 24 hours have discussed how wrong Trump was in using Pittsburgh to justify leaving the Paris agreement.

But, according to Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who has been campaigning for regional Democrats since last year, progressives shouldn’t be so shocked. He believes Trump isn’t actually focused on ruining the environment and points out that the rules of the Paris agreement are voluntary and wouldn’t have gone into effect until 2020. Fetterman believes Trump’s announcement is a campaign strategy.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , ,

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
  • Image courtesy of McKinsey & Company
  • 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.”

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , ,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Four takeaways from Allegheny County’s 2017 primary elections

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

ALLEGHENY COUNTY ELECTION IMAGE
  • Allegheny County election image
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:

Continue reading »

Tags: , , ,

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
  • White House press photo
  • President Donald Trump
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.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

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.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, April 27, 2017

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus seems to be increasing his support for President Donald Trump, but why?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 3:49 PM


Those familiar with U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley) know he doesn’t make many substantial efforts to enter the limelight; he’s pretty low-key. (In fact, as City Paper has documented over the years, Rothfus is so low-key that he’s never even held a public town hall and often avoids talking to reporters and to constituents who hold different political viewpoints.)

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , , , ,

Friday, April 21, 2017

Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:24 PM


Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris (D-North Side) is running for mayor, but her campaign hasn’t produced many detailed plans on how she plans to improve the city. Instead, she’s provided a critical, almost-laser-like focus on one issue: bike lanes.

Harris recently rated Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s mayorship as a “D-minus,” telling WTAE on April 18 because Peduto “put all these bike lanes in.” And, for her closing statement of an April 19 mayoral debate, she said, even though bike lanes weren’t brought up during the debate, “We did not talk about bike lanes at all this evening, and I wonder why? We have nothing with bike lanes, no safety attached to it, no studies, nothing. And someone is going to get seriously hurt. … Public safety is very important to me.”

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hundreds of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's constituents hold town hall without their representative

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:18 PM

More than 200 consituents fill the Bethel Park Community Center at a town hall event without Rep. Tim Murphy. - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • More than 200 consituents fill the Bethel Park Community Center at a town hall event without Rep. Tim Murphy.
Ever since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) has been hearing it from many of his constituents. Groups like Mondays With Murphy and 412 Resistance have formed, both with the goal of meeting with Murphy and sharing their views, many of which run counter to what the Republican lawmaker supports.

For weeks, constituents have flooded his office with calls and protested outside his Greensburg and Mount Lebanon offices. A group of six constituents even tried to speak to him at a talk he held at Duquesne University, but Murphy cancelled that event at the last second to dodge their questions.

Continue reading »

Tags: , , , ,

Listings

Submit an event

DAILY RUNDOWN

Sign up for Daily Rundown and get the freshest content sent right to your inbox.

Subscribe

Digital Issues

This Week...

Read Past Issues

© 2017 Pittsburgh City Paper

Website powered by Foundation

National Advertising by VMG Advertising