Letters about Healthcare

Following Supreme Court Disappointment, NJ Legislators Must Pass the Reproductive Freedom Act
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 12/10/2021
If you don’t want to have an abortion, don’t do it, but you cannot decide for me over my health care issues and my well-being. I refuse to become a second class citizen Read More
Craig CoughlinSteve SweeneyJoe VitaleHealthcareWomen's RightsAbortionHerb ConawayReproductive Freedom Act
New Jersey Needs to Support Women and Their Access to Healthcare
Maria Eva Dorigo
Published: 09/10/2021
The Reproductive Freedom Act (S3030/A4848) is stuck in NJ legislature committees. In light of what’s happening in Texas, which will spread to other states, we should encourage NJ legislators to protect and expand access to birth control and pregnancy-care, including abortion in NJ. Call legislators Herb Conaway, Craig Coughlin, Stephen Sweeney, and Joseph Vitale to approve RFA now. Read More
Joe VitaleHerb ConawayCraig CoughlinSteve SweeneyHealthcareWomen's Rights
Sweeney, Coughlin Holding New Jersey Women Back
Ed Jones
Published: 09/10/2021
New Jersey has a chance to be a national leader to provide an alternative to legislative initiatives in conservative states.  In fact, after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year, many New Jersey legislators and Gov. Murphy supported the Reproductive Freedom Act, which would guarantee the right to abortion and expand access to essential reproductive health care services.  However, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin have essentially blocked it for eleven months by not advancing it to committee or scheduling a vote on it. Read More
Craig CoughlinSteve SweeneyHealthcareWomen's Rights
Undocumented Workers Are Paying Taxes, The Rest of Us Benefit
Ann Pompelio
Published: 07/17/2021
Can we stop complaining that undocumented workers live off government programs at taxpayers’ expense? Because they don’t. Read More
ImmigrationFederal FundingHealthcareTaxesWorkers' Rights
Horizon restructuring needs slow, transparent analysis
Matt Dragon @matt_dragon
Published: 12/13/2020
Despite self-reported assets of over $6 billion as of March 2020, Horizon wants to restructure, allowing them to spin off assets into for profit entities under their existing nonprofit corporate umbrella. Horizon argues this is necessary to remain competitive, that the current structure hurts their ability to make money. Over the last 3 years though, they paid $28 million in bonuses to their CEO and other executives. If Horizon isn’t doing well, how can they afford to reward executives at this level? Read More
HealthcareTaxesHorizon BCBS
Hoboken’s threatened layoffs demonstrate the need for Medicare for All
Nate Hutchinson
Published: 03/12/2020
The city of Hoboken is threatening to lay off 79 municipal employees to fix their budget deficit, citing (among other factors) the rising cost of providing these employees with health insurance, which is currently administered by a private (for-profit) third party. At Read More
HealthcareHoboken, NJMedicare For All
Essex Freeholders Must Release Civil ICE Detainees
Whitney Strub
Published: 03/11/2020
With Coronavirus threatening to devastate vulnerable populations in prisons and jails (where ICE detainees are held in Newark, despite being under technically civil detention), it is a moral imperative that Joe D and the freeholders overcome their lucrative complicity in immigrant detention and publicly demand that ICE release its detainees before catastrophe strikes. Read More
Criminal Justice ReformEssex County, NJICEHealthcareImmigrationJail ReformJoe DiVincenzo
Hobbled Pandemic Preparedness
Emma Cortese
Published: 03/02/2020
There is no question that pandemic preparedness requires government-wide responses. However, in 2018, the Trump administration eliminated the government’s entire established pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management systems. Read More
PreparednessDonald TrumpHealthcare