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  • Supreme Court Upholds Health Reform | PennPIRG
    history Now it s time for our leaders to move forward on the next steps and make sure health reform delivers lower costs and better quality coverage With the last excuse for delay now behind us the states should move ahead to put important consumer protections in place like setting up new competitive marketplaces for health insurance and adopting new rules to protect consumers from unjustified rate hikes These kinds of reforms are critical to give consumers a better deal on coverage and it s up to the states to make them happen All states can now move ahead with new health insurance exchanges Done right the exchange will be a competitive marketplace where consumers and small businesses leverage their buying power to get a better deal on coverage And the states should continue to improve protections against unjustified rate hikes and push insurance companies to control costs not by raising deductibles or cutting care but by cutting waste and focusing on prevention Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/news/pap/supreme-court-upholds-health-reform (2016-04-27)
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  • Making the Grade | PennPIRG
    business They also benefit from economies of scale that lower administrative costs and have sophisticated human resources departments and brokers at their disposal making it easier for employees to understand their options and decide which plan is right for them In much the same way exchanges give individuals and small businesses the ability to band together and gain the same benefits of size negotiating power and information By providing better options and better information and negotiating on behalf of its enrollees the exchange can level the playing field for consumers States thus have an important opportunity to improve their health care market places through the creation of an exchange And the health reform law gives the states substantial leeway to define critical aspects of the exchange including who is eligible to buy coverage through it how aggressively it will set standards and negotiate with insurers and who will run it A weak exchange could wind up taking its cues from the insurance industry not consumers and do little to shift the fundamental problems in most states health care markets A strong exchange though can be just the tool states need to revolutionize their health care systems and improve quality while lowering costs As of this writing several states have already taken this opportunity and established their exchanges But not all exchanges are created equal and many states have yet to commit to establishing one This report assesses the progress that the states have made and for the states that have begun to set up their exchange evaluates them on the myriad policies and criteria that will determine whether it is ultimately successful in improving health care for consumers Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/reports/pap/making-grade (2016-04-27)
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  • Nationwide study of new health exchanges shows Pennsylvania how to lower costs for consumers | PennPIRG
    so far been set up by states and rates them according to how accountable they will be to consumers and the public how much they can do to lower premiums and improve the quality of care how friendly they will be to consumers and how stable they will be Not all exchanges are created equal continued Miller That s why we ranked state exchanges according to the criteria that will matter most to consumers including whether the exchange will be protected from insurance industry influence and if it will negotiate with insurers for better rates Some of the most important policies to consider to make Pennsylvania s exchange strong include Giving it the power to leverage enrollee s buying power to negotiate with insurers for higher value more affordable coverage Barring insurers and other industry representatives from serving on the exchange board so it will be more accountable to the public and to consumers Making sure consumers will have an easier time shopping for coverage through easy to use tools and comparisons between plans With only two years before our exchange needs to be open for business our state needs to get off the starting blocks concluded Miller It s time for our leaders to step up and make sure consumers get the high quality coverage options they need Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse

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  • Health Care | PennPIRG
    New Estimates of Pennsylvania Job Gains From Lower Premiums News Release Health Care Senate Makes History on Final Health Reform Votes Inaction by Congress and the power of the health care industry have allowed health care costs to spiral out of control and enabled insurance companies to run roughshod over consumers for decades until now Read more about Senate Makes History on Final Health Reform Votes News Release Health Care CBO s estimates on health insurance premiums Today s CBO report is great news A majority of individuals purchasing individual or family health insurance in the exchange would receive reductions of 56 to 59 percent in premiums below what they would pay under current law Read more about CBO s estimates on health insurance premiums Media Hit Health Care Health insurance industry getting desperate The health insurance industry is getting desperate Funding a bogus study claiming that health care reform will drive up the cost of coverage Health plan Lobby s Tough Oct 13 is part of a last ditch effort to derail reform Despite the scare tactics Congress is making headway Read more about Health insurance industry getting desperate Media Hit Health Care Edinboro businesswoman visits Washington to discuss health care reform Zimmer is one of about 110 small business owners traveling to Washington D C to see their respective congressional leaders Their trip is an effort by the U S Public Interest Research Group to show Congress that these business people want health care reform Read more about Edinboro businesswoman visits Washington to discuss health care reform Report U S PIRG Health Care The 3 Trillion Dollar Question Without health care reform the United States is projected to spend over 40 trillion on health care in the next decade Experts estimate that thirty percent of that spending up

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/health-care?page=1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Health Care | PennPIRG
    South Street in Philadelphia today Read more about Survey Small Businesses Crushed by Rising Health Costs Report PennPIRG Education Fund Health Care The Small Business Dilemma When it comes to health care American small business owners are getting a raw deal While the current insurance marketplace offers some options to larger employers it too often leaves small business owners on the outside looking in They face unpredictable changes in costs and far too often they are forced to choose between covering employees and the very survival of their businesses Read more about The Small Business Dilemma Report PennPIRG Education Fund Health Care Health Care in Crisis Unless the new Congress and Administration act to reduce health care costs the yearly cost of the average employer paid family health policy in America is projected to more than double from 11 794 in 2006 to 26 879 by 2016 even after adjusting for inflation If recent trends continue wages and household incomes will simply not keep up with these high costs Nor will the business sector be immune to this crisis Unchecked this cost epidemic could also severely impact the small businesses that drive job creation in the American economy Read more about Health Care in Crisis Pages first previous 1 2 3 Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign

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  • Tax | PennPIRG
    Oil spill the settlement the U S Justice Department negotiated with BP stipulated that none of the penalties paid are tax deductible according to Lanny Breuer head of the Dept of Justice s criminal division Read more about This Time BP Settlement Protects Taxpayers News Release U S PIRG Tax True Amount of BP Settlement Will Depend on Hidden Tax Giveaways BP agreed today to a 4 5 billion settlement to resolve felony and misdemeanor charges related to the gulf oil spill but taxpayers may end up indirectly covering up to 35 percent of the amount if the company is allowed to take the amount as a tax write off Read more about True Amount of BP Settlement Will Depend on Hidden Tax Giveaways News Release PennPIRG Tax Flawed Farm Bill Heads Towards Senate Floor The Senate is moving to vote on the farm bill S 3240 that would continue the current system of agricultural subsidies to large profitable agribusiness Read more about Flawed Farm Bill Heads Towards Senate Floor News Release PennPIRG Tax Offshore Tax Havens Cost PA Taxpayers 452 per Year April 12 PHILADELPHIA With tax day approaching a new study released by PennPIRG found that the average Pennsylvania taxpayer in 2011 would have to shoulder an extra 452 tax burden to make up for revenue lost from corporations and wealthy individuals shifting income to offshore tax havens Read more about Offshore Tax Havens Cost PA Taxpayers 452 per Year Report PennPIRG Tax Picking Up the Tab Some U S based multinational firms or individuals avoid paying U S taxes by transferring their earnings to tax haven countries with minimal or no taxes These tax haven users benefit from their access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but they pay little or nothing for it violating

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/tax?page=1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Tax | PennPIRG
    offshore havens for the purpose of tax avoidance is becoming more the rule than the exception for at least 83 of the nation s top 100 publicly traded companies Read more about Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Media Hit Tax Trib Revue Civic Arena property declared blighted Even a desirable Pittsburgh neighborhood such as Shadyside could qualify as blighted under a 1945 state law used to get public money for economic development a local preservationist says Read more about Trib Revue Civic Arena property declared blighted News Release PennPIRG Education Fund and ITEP Budget Tax Report Shows Pennsylvania Corporations Paying Few State Taxes A comprehensive new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that 68 of 265 consistently profitable Fortune 500 corporations paid no state corporate income tax in at least one of the last three years 20 of these corporations averaged a tax rate of zero or less during the 2008 2010 period Read more about Report Shows Pennsylvania Corporations Paying Few State Taxes News Release Budget Tax Offshore Tax Havens Cost Pennsylvania Taxpayers 464 a Year PHILADELPHIA April 18 Major corporations and some individuals avoid a total of as much as 100 billion a year in federal taxes by off shoring the profits they make here in the U S or by setting up sham headquarters in tax haven countries As a result Pennsylvania taxpayers are left footing the bill Read more about Offshore Tax Havens Cost Pennsylvania Taxpayers 464 a Year Report PennPIRG Education Fund Tax Tax Shell Game Tax havens are countries with minimal or no taxes to which U S based multinational firms or individuals transfer their earnings to avoid paying taxes in the United States Users of tax havens benefit from access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but pay

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/tax?page=2 (2016-04-27)
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  • Tax | PennPIRG
    for the little people Businesses enjoy a huge loophole A mind boggling 71 percent of corporations that do business in Pennsylvania don t pay state income tax at all according to the state Department of Revenue Can you imagine what would happen if that many residents failed to pay their taxes Read more about In Pa paying taxes is for the little people Businesses enjoy a huge loophole Testimony on Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes in PA Monday February 1 2010 By As people all across Pennsylvania are struggling to make ends meet large national and international corporations are taking advantage of huge loopholes in our current tax system and not paying their fair share This forces the rest of us to shoulder the burden even more Tax Read more about Testimony on Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes in PA News Release Tax House Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Combined Reporting to Level the Playing Field on Taxes PITTSBURGH Today the House Finance Committee held a hearing on combined reporting an accounting reform that would prevent multi state companies from shifting profits to out of state subsidiaries as a way to avoid Pennsylvania taxes Neighboring New York and West Virginia instituted this tax modernization last month Read more about House Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Combined Reporting to Level the Playing Field on Taxes Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes Testimony HB 1186 Thursday July 5 2007 By Phineas Baxandall Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy To PennPIRG combined reporting is a basic issue of tax fairness and tax modernization that should be enacted regardless of the revenue consequences and regardless of whether the Commonwealth faces persistent budget deficits or surpluses Tax Read more about Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes Testimony HB 1186 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 Search form Search About

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