Who Is Tom MacArthur, and What Did He Do to Rile Up South Jersey?

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At a town hall meeting held on May 10th in the heavily Democratic township of Willingboro, New Jersey, U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur was the object of scorn. Willingboro is part of the Republican’s territory as the representative of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, but MacArthur may be the most unpopular man in the region right now.

It’s all because of an amendment he introduced to legislation designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which ruffled feathers across party lines after its language was influential in the House’s narrowly passage of the bill on May 4th — without any support from Democrats, who all voted against it. Read more »

Here Are the Pa. Republicans Who Voted No on Repealing Obamacare

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As you likely (hopefully) know by now, Republicans are trying yet again to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, the House narrowly passed a health care bill that would repeal and replace major parts of the ACA.

All 193 Democrats in the House voted “no” to the bill, called American Health Care Act. Among Republicans, 217 voted “yes,” 20 voted “no,” and one did not vote.

Pennsylvania had more defectors than any other state – four of the 20 Republicans who opposed the bill are from Pennsylvania.

Those four Republicans are: Rep. Ryan A. Costello of the 6th District; Rep. Patrick Meehan of the 7th District; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of the 8th District; and Rep. Charlie Dent of the 15th DistrictRead more »

Report: 5 Ways the Obamacare Repeal Will Slam Pa.’s Economy

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On the first day of his presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act, and the repeal will result in some major shocks for Pennsylvanians and the state’s economy, according to a report released last week by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

The report’s key findings show that once the Trump administration begins to roll back the law, instituted in 2010, these five things will happen across the state: Read more »

Toomey Compares Patients With Preexisting Conditions to Burned-Out Houses

Pat Toomey has taken a lot of flak since Donald Trump won the presidency. The Pennsylvania senator, who revealed he had decided to vote for Trump only on Election Night, has been protested weekly by the “Tuesdays With Toomey” group.

But, hey, that’s what happens when you’re in the majority party and you voted for the unpopular president. And so going around liberal internet today is this clip of Pat Toomey comparing people to houses. Read more »

LOCAL NEWS: LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills Look Stalled for Summer

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The LGBT non-discrimination bills recently proposed in the Pennsylvania legislature might have to wait until the fall before being considered.

After all of the recent progress made by the state Senate in approving LGBT non-discrimination protections in committee, the possible passing of them seems to be stalled until the fall. Groups such as the Pennsylvania Family Organization have made the argument that such polices would infringe upon their “religious liberty,” and GOP legislators are using that opposition as a justification to hold back on a vote. “Since the House wasn’t going to act on it this week anyway, I’m allowing our chairmen some time to hold hearings and do what they need to do to deal with the bill, and then we’ll make a decision in the fall,” said Senate majority leader Jake Corman to the press. As of now, both parties will are expected to continue to make the case for their positions until lawmakers decided to finally consider a vote. According to Equality Pennsylvania, 68 percent of LGBT Pennsylvanians are not fully protected from discrimination practices in their local ordinances. As a result, Pennsylvania is ranked the lowest on the Human Rights Campaign’s State Equality Index. Read more »