Two advocates for new health care plans in Pennsylvania appeared in Homewood today. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Calvin Johnson and State Senator Jim Ferlo presented an $87,500 check to Alma Illery Primary Health Care Services. The money will be used to upgrade the facility's equipment.
But although the two officials appeared together today, they are far apart on the issue of health care reform. The Governor's "Cover All Pennsylvanians" proposal would extend health care coverage to more people who lack insurance. Ferlo says the state needs a fundamental overhaul in health care. He supports a single-payer system as he proposed in Senate Bill 300. Ferlo says the Medicare system demonstrates that government-provided health insurance can be cost-effective.