Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Did you hear....

 *** It looks like many Republican governors just don't respect women. We know that Gov. John Kasich of Ohio signed a budget bill that included more restrictions on women's access to female health care, birth control, and abortions. Now Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also is in the hot seat for some recent remarks about women's health care.


Pennsylvania Republicans have officially decided against expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, arguing that covering more low-income residents would cost the state too much money. Last week, Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA) took the debate a step further, saying that residents who are already enrolled in the program — including pregnant women and breast cancer patients — are receiving too much free care and should pay into the system.

“What I hear all the time coming out of the administration in Washington is that it’s the working poor [who benefit from Medicaid],” Corbett told WTAE, a Pennsylvania local ABC affiliate, on Saturday. “Yes it is working, but you should be investing five, ten dollars in co-pay to understand that you go to to the hospital or the doctors, you just can’t keep going and going and going and think everything is going to be covered. You have to know that you have some interest in what’s going on.”

The state’s Department of Public Welfare website addresses copayment information, saying that while children, pregnant women, and breast cancer patients don’t pay the fees, many beneficiaries do contribute for the services they receive. Corbett seems to be suggesting that the exempt enrollees are abusing the free services and that everyone should pay more for health care.....

How in the world did Corbett get elected? With his role in the Penn State scandal, there are many things Corbett swept under the rug, allegedly. 


>>>  Do you have a hybrid car?  I read this article about the Ford hybrid with great interest.

CBS News:

Ford Motor Co. is offering free upgrades to U.S. and Canadian hybrid customers to improve their fuel economy.

The company plans to recalibrate the vehicle control systems on 77,000 Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids and Lincoln MKZ hybrids from the 2013 model year.

Some customers have complained that the cars aren't getting the 47 mile-per-gallon fuel economy promised in Ford's advertising....

New hybrid owners might not realize that the high speeds lower the miles per gallon. Driving style, hitting the brake often, and cranking the air conditioner on high, also lowers fuel efficiency.

I've been driving a Honda Civic Hybrid since 2003. The highest mpg I've gotten was 53mpg on the interstate freeway.  Some people I know do not get the kind of gas mileage that I get. If people are not getting high mpg, it is probably because of the way they drive.