Pashinski, Policy Committee discuss Affordable Health Care

WILKES-BARRE, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on affordable health care. 

Pashinski requested the meeting to discuss what is being done and still can be done to make health care affordable in Pennsylvania. He was joined by state legislators from across the state.

“I asked for today’s hearing because many Pennsylvanians can’t afford and therefore don’t have access to health care, making obtaining quality services impossible for too many,” Pashinski said. “I thank my fellow House Democrats and health care experts for joining me today to examine policies to improve access, lower costs and improve the quality of health care in Pennsylvania.”

“In addition to hosting today’s hearing, I am working to find solutions to these systemic problems by collecting co-sponsors for a resolution that I will be introducing next month directing the Joint State Government Committee to audit and examine the pharmaceutical industry in the commonwealth. If serious progress is going to be made on health care reform, we need to understand what’s working, what isn’t and what can we do to fix it. Stay tuned.”

Hearing participants included: Dr. Anthony Aquilina, regional president, Geisinger Northeast Region; and Patrick Keenan, policy director, Pennsylvania Health Access Network.

The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, health care access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at

For more information about the Policy Committee, go to