April 22, 2014 |
Sue Schick, 52, president of UnitedHealthcare Pennsylvania and Delaware, claims she was mortified last month when, in the process of honoring her with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Paradigm Award, the master of ceremonies read entries from her seventh-grade yearbook. She shouldn't have been. The yearbook showed early evidence of the leadership abilities that prompted the chamber to name her 2014's top female business executive. "In the Girl Scout cookie sales, we didn't think we could surpass the previous year," Schick recalled.
April 22, 2014
A story Saturday on fund-raising in the race for the 13th Congressional District seat described political consultant Daniel Fee as not affiliated with any of the candidates' campaigns. The story should have noted that Fee has donated money to candidate Daylin Leach's campaign and that in 2013 Leach considered hiring him for his campaign. A story Wednesday about the last day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act wrongly described the type of health insurance covering Linda Ragin, a volunteer with the advocacy group Get Covered PA. She has Medicare and not Medicaid.
April 21, 2014 |
CRYSTAL LOPEZ, a Dunkin' Donuts employee from Philadelphia, suffers from an eye disorder and says that she will lose her sight without the $100 bottle of eye drops she needs to maintain her vision. It's a purchase she says she struggles to make each month because she has been denied health insurance and can barely cover her bills on $7.25 an hour. Yesterday, she joined 50 students, activists and labor leaders who marched from Rittenhouse Square to Independence Hall to call for an increase in the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $15. "We're not lowlifes.
April 17, 2014 |
Like sands through the hourglass, so passed the last minutes to enroll in Obamacare - with an extension. And since the government had decreed that Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. was the final, no-joke, we really, really mean it this time deadline, the atmosphere was tense at Get Covered PA. Racing against the clock, in its scruffy subleased space on the seventh floor of a Chestnut Street office building, a half-dozen volunteers, community activists, and...
April 17, 2014
Smoke and glamor If we really wanted smoking cessation, or at least a dramatic reduction, we could achieve it ("Pa. to get back $120M in tobacco ruling," April 11). Jurisdictions that enjoy the revenue from smokers, however, are not about to turn off the spigot. That's why so many well-touted efforts are no more than smoke screens (pun intended). I was a three-pack-a-day smoker. If we are serious about the health effects of smoking, there is only one way: Cut out blatant promotion of smoking in movies and on TV. The all-time classic movie smoking scene remains Sharon Stone in that short white dress, lighting her cigarette and taunting police.
April 14, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Amira Davis, 9, sits near the front of her fourth-grade classroom each day at Aldan Elementary School in Delaware County. She can read each word when her teacher spells out lessons in thick, glossy strokes of black marker on the room's central whiteboard. But, she recently told her mother, when her teacher fires up the room's overhead projector, Amira has to squint to make out the words. "If she didn't mention that she couldn't see the board, we never would have come today," Amira's mother, Amber Lozado, said.
April 12, 2014 |
Dean Adler of Lubert-Adler Partners says he and Ron Caplan of PMC Property Group have agreed to pay $42 million to New York-based Loeb Partners for the Marketplace Design Center at 2400 Market St., the building with the whales painted on the side visible from the Schuylkill Expressway. "It's right in the middle of the Market Street Corridor, Rittenhouse Square, and University City," Adler told me Thursday. He says the partners hope to keep the Design Center businesses in place, in a consolidated area, along with the telecom server farms that use part of the building; add "creative office space" for tech companies in some of the vacant areas; and top the building with a "mid-rise" apartment tower, as Caplan and Adler have done at the former AAA MidAtlantic building three blocks away at 2040 Market St. "It's a former car factory, and the roof is 80 feet up, where you get magnificent views of the river," Adler added.
April 10, 2014
OK, DEMOCRATIC voters, time to tune in. All four Dems running for guv now are running TV ads. They cost lots to make, more to air. They represent everything - the image, ideas and direction - candidates are selling. Every element of every ad is tested with focus groups. Everything you see, every word you hear has a purpose. By their ads ye shall know them. So since such ads in a state the size of Pennsylvania are critical to outcomes, let's take a look at what's airing now. Allyson Schwartz is up with a spot called "Got It Done.
April 4, 2014 |
HARRISBURG Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that he might be nearing a decision on whether to pull the plug on his proposal to offer health insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians. In his strongest statement on the yearlong Medicaid negotiations, Corbett said he was "reaching his breaking point" with the federal government. "We've been negotiating for a year and I am starting to feel like a yo-yo," Corbett told reporters after addressing doctors and health professionals at a state-sponsored public health conference.
March 31, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA After spending about an hour entering information on the Obamacare website with the help of a specially trained navigator, Willaree Simon had health insurance for the first time in a year. "Thank you, thank you, thank you," she said, turning to hug Laura Line, her guide through the process. "Now I can sleep. " "You're the reason why we do this," Line said. Simon was among dozens of people who went to the Free Library's Central Branch on Saturday to get help signing up for coverage.