Tea Party Candidate to Discuss ObamaCare

A nurse who is running for Congress will be in the Lehigh Valley to talk about ObamaCare on Wednesday.

The Lehigh Valley Coalition for Health Care Reform will present "Everything You Wanted to Know About How ObamaCare Will Affect Your Health Care Delivery (But Didn't Know Who to Ask)" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethlehem Area Public Library.

The program will include insight from health care providers into how President Barack Obama's health care reform bill will:

  • Reduce access to care
  • Inhibit the doctor-patient relationship
  • Take medical decision-making out of the hands of medical professionals in favor of government-mandated "essential benefits" and "best practices"

The event will feature:

  • Laureen Cummings, Republican candidate for the redistricted 17th Congressional District seat formerly held by Rep. Tim Holden, and CEO of the Lorimar Home Care and Staffing Service in Old Forge. Cummings is a nurse and founder of the Scranton Tea Party. 
  • Dr. Joseph Grassi, a Lehigh Valley physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. He will focus on what doctors have learned about the new law since its passage and what it will mean to consumers.
  • Dr. Thomas Bonekemper, a retired internal medicine specialist and past medical director of the Allentown VA Clinic, will also talk about the new health care law's effect on doctors and patients.
  • Nurse Terry Ingalsbe, a member of the LV Coalition for Health Care Reform who actually read all 2,700 pages of the PPACA, will talk about how aspects of the PPACA in addition to measures enacted even before its passage will replace doctors' and nurses' best judgment with government mandated "cookbook" medicine.

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP by calling 1-888-698-4111 or e-mailing LVCoalition4HCR@aol.com.  

Registration is available online at
www.Meetup.com/Lehigh-Valley-Coalition-for-Health-Care-Reform or

Live streaming video of the forum will also be available at

The Lehigh Valley Coalition for Health Care Reform is a non-profit,
non-partisan grassroots coalition of concerned citizens and health
care professionals committed to educating the public about the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other measures and
policies impacting America's health.

tamarya June 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I think the big thing rosemary, is they give to people that do not need it, meaning they give it to healthy adults because they find out they are pregnant, or they supply it to healthy children, even if the parents are making enough to cover their insurance. They need to keep it for people that need it that are ill or seniors that are retired. Even now my grandfather pays 200 a month for medicare, but yet a healthy child gets it free. As for now most insurances will even decline a child because of a health issue, they declined my son because he has an undescended testicle and was seeing a urologist, because it was damaged during a surgery. I think affordable healthcare should be what it is, which means affordable healthcare through insurance companies. I do agree it should not mean mandating government handouts for people that do not need it.
tamarya June 09, 2012 at 08:01 PM
And obviously the pre existing thing should remain too. If you are paying monthly for private insurance and you are making the initiative to get private insurance to cover your medical expenses to stay away from government assistance, then insurances should be forced to cover you.
Keith June 28, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Get off the message boards and go find health insurance before 2014 or Obama's gonna GET YOU!
tamarya June 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I heard it went through the supreme court.
Rosemary B June 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Hopefully it won't cost too many people their jobs or make too many people have to change their insurance from a plan they liked to something less. When my husband was unemployed I liked being able to choose between paying for health insurance or food! I guess the government and the supreme court has taken that choice away from us!


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