Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Daily Briefing, 9/9/2009

Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Just in case you missed it, The Chamber came out against the Democratic Health Care Plan yesterday. For coverage of the press conference, check out the Morning Call, Express Times and WFMZ.

In other local news, Allentown Councilman and candidate for Mayor Tony Phillips has been revealed to have a "flirtatious" online conversation with a woman who represented herself as married. As a result, Phillips' campaign manager Ken Matthews has quit the campaign and Phillips himself may drop out. In Bethlehem, the South Bethlehem Historical Society has split on the question of whether or not portions of Bethlehem Steel should be torn down to make room for ArtsQuests' plans to built a cultural and performing arts center. In Easton, the city got some bad news, as the State Theater asked for financial help, saying that the theater will not be able to operate for more than six years otherwise. And in the 24th Senate district (portions of Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Bucks counties), three candidates are racing to replace Senator Rob Wonderling, who resigned last month to head the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The special election will be September 29.

In national news, President Obama is set to address Congress today on his proposed health care plan. The address will be at 8pm tonight. Meanwhile, Senator Mac Baucus, one of the "gang of six" who is trying to put together a bipartisan health care deal, has said that time is almost up for putting together that sort of plan. Meanwhile, there is some difference of opinion on whether or not Democrats will vote for a plan that doesn't include a public option.

We have two Chamber events today: a Southern Lehigh Business Organization (SOLEBO) breakfast and a Two River's Area Chamber of Commerce (TRACC) networking lunch.

That's it for now, we'll be back with more later. Have a great day!


JustMe said...
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JustMe said...

When the Chamber publish THEIR PLAN to solve this crisis?
The government runs the largest hospital system in the nation (VA) and has implemented electronic medical records so that specialists can see the medical history and test results and not have to repeat them. The government operates the largest health insurance system in the nation with Medicare and would have been able to negotiate cut rate drug and procedure prices if congress had not specifically prohibited it.
I changed HMOs from George Washington to Kaiser and the best they could do with my medical record is to print and give me over 600 pages. I tried to give them to Kaiser and they asked "What do you expect me to do with this?"
We have the infant mortality rate of a third world country, worse than Cuba and a tie with Slovenia? Also, 41 countries have better longevity than the US, including Jordan, the Caymen Islands and Guam. To top it off, our health care costs over twice as much as the NEXT highest country in the world.