September 19, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf joined a group of bipartisan governors on a letter to U.S. Senate leadership opposing the Graham-Cassidy amendment. The governors asked that the Senate reject the proposed amendment and focus on bipartisan efforts already underway to stabilize health insurance markets and address affordability for consumers.“Providing and protecting health care for all Americans should be a bipartisan effort,” said Governor Wolf. “I am proud to join fellow governors in calling for Senate leadership to improve and stabilize our health insurance markets through bipartisan supported legislation. We must continue to work on protecting the gains we made in Pennsylvania and many other states that have allowed Americans to access affordable health care. For Washington to disrupt this process now and proceed out of regular order, the faith of the American people in the federal government would be further eroded.”Governor Wolf was joined by Governors Hickenlooper (Colorado), Kasich (Ohio), Walker (Alaska), Bullock (Montana), McAuliffe (Virginia), Edwards (Louisiana), Sandoval (Nevada), Baker (Massachusetts), and Scott (Vermont).Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you to not consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans. Only open, bipartisan approaches can achieve true, lasting reforms.Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray have held bipartisan hearings in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and have negotiated in good faith to stabilize the individual market. At the committee’s recent hearing with Governors, there was broad bipartisan agreement about many of the initial steps that need to be taken to make individual health insurance more stable and affordable. We are hopeful that the HELP committee, through an open process, can develop bipartisan legislation and believe their efforts deserve support.We ask you to support bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to our insurance markets. Legislation should receive consideration under regular order, including hearings in health committees and input from the appropriate health-related parties. Improvements to our health insurance markets should control costs, stabilize the market, and positively impact coverage and care of millions of Americans, including many who are dealing with mental illness, chronic health problems, and drug addiction.We look forward to continuing to work with you to improve the American health care system.Bipartisan Governors Letter on Graham-Cassidy by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf Opposes Graham-Cassidy; Urges Bipartisan Stabilization Progress
A deceased whale was found lodged on top of the bulbous bow on the cruise ship Grand Princess when the vessel arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska.The operator of the cruise ship, Princess Cruises, confirmed the incident, adding that the Captain of Grand Princess notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Coast Guard in Ketchikan about the incident.The company informed that it is unknown how or when this happened as the ship felt no impact. It is also unknown, at this time, whether the whale was alive or already deceased before becoming lodged on the bow.No whales were sighted in close proximity to the ship by the bridge navigation team as it sailed towards Ketchikan overnight, Princess Cruises said.The carcass has been removed and a tugboat has transported it to a location suitable for a necropsy. A team of marine mammal specialists from NOAA will determine the cause of death. NOAA officials said that it appears to be a juvenile humpback whale.Grand Princess, with a capacity of 2,600 passengers and a crew of 1,150, is deployed on a 10-day round trip cruise that departed San Francisco on August 6. The ship departed Ketchikan on schedule.