By Dialogo September 17, 2019 Attacks against the members of the only democratically elected body in Venezuela have not let up since 2016, when the first session of the 6th Legislature opened.On August 12, through its Constituent National Assembly (ANC, in Spanish), the regime revoked the parliamentary immunity of four other opposition members for alleged crimes of “high treason, instigating insurrection, civil rebellion, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, public incitement to disobey the law, and hatred.” These members join the list of more than 100 lawmakers who have suffered human rights violations and have been prosecuted, imprisoned, or exiled.“The attacks will get more and more aggressive, not only against the National Assembly, but also against any target they [members of the regime] have drawn, either national or international,” Américo De Grazia, an AN lawmaker who has taken refuge at the Italian Embassy in Caracas since May 2019, told Diálogo.Gregory Weeks, a specialist in Latin American political affairs and professor in the Latin American Studies program at the University of North Carolina, said the government won’t stop harassing the parliament.“On this point, I don’t think Maduro has much incentive to stop,” Weeks told Diálogo. “The United States is exerting a lot of pressure […] and won’t lift sanctions. So, Maduro tells himself: ‘What’s the point?’ He might as well do what he wants.”On August 12, ANC President Diosdado Cabello announced the creation of a commission that will evaluate the date for parliamentary elections and the possibility of moving them forward. For Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, moving the elections forward would be a “disaster.”“What if the regime today dares to – and they can – approve an irregular call for elections without any sort of conditions? They will drown in contradictions and isolation; they will drown in a disaster,” Guaidó told the press.Maduro does not recognize the AN, whose 122 opposition members (of a total of 167 elected) represent the so-called supermajority. Most opposition lawmakers have been victims of harassment, from threatening graffiti painted on their houses by pro-Maduro gangs to imprisonment, as in the case of Édgar Zambrano, the AN vice president who was kidnapped in May 2019, or Juan Requesens, who has been detained since August 2018 for the alleged drone attack against Maduro.Other members, such as De Grazia, sought refuge at embassies in Caracas: Marianela Magallanes López at the Italian Embassy; Richard José Blanco Delgado at the Argentine Embassy; Franco Manuel Casella at the Mexican Embassy; Leopoldo López at the Spanish Embassy; and Freddy Guevara and Roberto Henríquez at the Chilean Embassy.
December 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Discusses Benefits of Medicaid Expansion and ACA in Response to Request from Majority Leader McCarthy SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf responded to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s request for input regarding the health care system in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf outlined the importance of ensuring that Pennsylvanians continue to have access to affordable, quality health insurance and discussed how Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act have benefitted the people of Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf also sent letters to the Pennsylvania delegation highlighting the specific benefit these programs have had in congressional districts.“In Pennsylvania, an additional 670,000 Pennsylvanians received health insurance through Medicaid expansion,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Medicaid expansion has also served as a critical resource for Pennsylvanians who are suffering from a substance use disorder as our commonwealth battles an unprecedented prescription drug and heroin public health crisis. Through Medicaid expansion, almost 63,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrollees were able to access drug and alcohol treatment that is critical to helping patients’ recovery.”“Americans need real, meaningful health care coverage. They need options that are affordable, easy to understand, responsive to their needs, and available immediately – with no lapse in coverage. They need leadership and compassion and solutions – and together, we can provide them with all of those things. I look forward to future conversations. Thank you again for the opportunity to contribute to this incredibly important dialogue.”Governor Wolf highlighted the following statistics:After expanding Medicaid in February 2015, more than 670,000 Pennsylvanians have enrolled in HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory managed care Medicaid program.U.S. Census data shows that the commonwealth’s uninsured rate has dropped from 10.2 percent in 2010 to 6.4 percent in 2015.In the first year of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion, almost 63,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrollees accessed drug and alcohol treatment. This coverage is essential in battling the opioid and heroin public health crisis that took over 3,500 lives in Pennsylvania in 2015.In 2016, more than 439,000 Pennsylvanians had selected health coverage through the Marketplace. Seventy six percent of those Pennsylvanians received subsidies to make those plans more affordable and 60 percent of those enrollees could obtain coverage for $100 or less after tax credits.To read the full letter, click here.To view one of the letters Governor Wolf sent to the Pennsylvania delegation, click here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf