September 13, 2009 |
In his speech Wednesday, President Obama outlined a set of health-care goals he supports - including a mandate that everyone have health insurance and the addition of a public health-insurance alternative for the uninsured. But there is no single Obama overhaul bill yet. In varying forms, several of his proposals are included in three measures in the works in Congress: the House tri-committee bill; the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) committee bill; and the Senate Finance Committee bill, still in draft form.
August 15, 2009 |
This is a letter sent yesterday by the Eagles to their suiteholders and premium ticketholders: As you are aware, the Eagles confirmed last evening that we have signed Michael Vick to the team. You are our most valued customers and we understand that this decision may result in some personal soul searching for you, along with some public debate in the coming days and weeks. We do not want this to distract from the relationship we have with you, and we remain fully committed to putting the highest quality product on the field and delivering wins to Eagles fans.
June 4, 2009 |
Some things about learning to drive remain immutable. At StreetSmart Driving Academy, nervous, white-knuckled 16-year-olds still brake with a lurch and take turns too wide. Little else, though, is typical at this Bryn Mawr driving school. Students learn to navigate the Main Line in sleek, blue Audi A4s. Instructors are off-duty cops in smart polos. (Call them coaches, please.) Classes allow time for simulators and field trips. Oh, and unlike those high-school lessons taught in a sweaty classroom, no one has to watch a single boring how-to-drive video.
June 3, 2009 |
A Texas company has settled for $250,000 a lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania woman with AIDS who alleged that the firm broke its promise to pay her health-insurance premiums. The settlement check was received Monday and the plaintiff, identified as M. Smith in the lawsuit, will get the entire sum and use it to arrange for her own health insurance, said Ronda B. Goldfein, executive director of the nonprofit AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. The settlement was reached last week, Goldfein said.
May 22, 2009 |
When Deborah Jackson-Smith lost her telemarketing job in October, she also lost her health insurance. That is why Jackson-Smith, of Philadelphia, who now volunteers as an advocate for the unemployed, showed up yesterday at a small protest outside the Philadelphia headquarters of Independence Blue Cross, the region's dominant health insurer. Organizers wanted to protest against Independence Blue Cross' request to increase health insurance premiums 20 percent to 58 percent for some plans available to individuals and families who do not get health insurance at work, but who buy it on their own. For example, in one plan, the monthly premium cost for a family with two parents in their 30s would rise from $1,069.
May 17, 2009 |
Cindy Ortega needed a break. "I'm with children all day long," says Ortega, who owns Kids Learning Adventure, a Miami preschool. So she and her husband, Roberto, booked a four-night stay at a luxury, adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Mexico over Valentine's Day weekend. "It was amazing," she says. "I've been to all-inclusives before, but this was completely different. From the minute we entered, there were people tending to us. " The Ortegas stayed at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, an upscale resort that offers more perks than conventional all-inclusives, which are known more for value than for individualized services.
December 4, 2008 |
Linda Carruthers tries hard to be responsible, to do the right thing, to stay insured. But the 62-year-old widow in Upper Dublin recently found out her health-insurance premiums will rise more than 45 percent in January, from $6,384 to $9,336 a year. "How do you justify raising premiums 45 percent in January 2009?" she e-mailed her insurer, Independence Blue Cross. "I will soon be one of the 50,000,000 uninsured because of your outlandish costs. " Her husband of 37 years, a teacher, died four years ago. She is insured through a group HMO plan, for retired teachers and spouses ages 55 to 64, with the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System.
July 11, 2008 |
The news that shook corporate Philadelphia yesterday was delivered at an impromptu meeting called by the Haas family in November, and it "came out of the blue," said Rohm & Haas CEO Raj Gupta. The family, owners of one-third of the Philadelphia chemical giant, wanted out. Gupta said that about 45 members of the extended Haas family had been told by financial advisers to diversify their assets. Gupta thought he could keep Rohm & Haas - which employs thousands in the region and has been one of the most stable corporate fixtures in the city for decades - from being sold, like so many other Philadelphia companies, to an outside conglomerate.
May 31, 2008 |
Average gasoline prices finally nudged across the $4-a-gallon barrier in Southeastern Pennsylvania yesterday, following an unwelcome pattern already set in New England, the West Coast, Hawaii and some other states. The average pump price in the five-county area rose two cents from Thursday to $4.01 a gallon for regular-grade, AAA Mid-Atlantic said. For the area - Philadelphia and its four suburban counties - that marks an increase of 38 cents a gallon in the last month. In the three suburban counties in South Jersey, the average was $3.84, up a penny.
January 13, 2008 |
The power of suggestion is great when you hang a nuzzly pig on a sign over the awning-trimmed facade of a French bistro called Cochon. So chef Gene Giuffi shouldn't be too surprised that it's tough to sell the roasted quail special at Cochon (which essentially says "oink!" in French), his three-month-old successor to Cafe Sud at the corner of Catharine Street and Passyunk Avenue. "I can't seem to sell poultry at this restaurant," he groused. That my quail was delightful, stuffed with wild boar sausage and roasted to a juicy crisp beside tiny pickled turnips and baby mustard greens, is a nice bonus.