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Local cases led to measure

July 2, 2013

The memorandum accompanying Senate Bill 4, which would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to give the legislative branch power to define what constitutes a “purely public charity”, cites ongoing ta......

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25or624

Jul-03-13 9:45 AM

Here's the real reason the amendment is being pushed. When the full effect of Obamacare kicks in, there will be far fewer uninsured people showing up at hospitals, and that will mean that hospitals will be providing far less "charity" care (bad debts) than before, further eroding the pretense that they are "purely public charities" and deserve our forced contributions. Forced contributions? That's when we taxpayers pay for services like fire and police protection, road plowing and repair that they don't pay for.

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writer10

Jul-02-13 3:28 PM

Such a tiny amount given to charity meaning that the rest is going towards profit, thus for not a not profit organization as they tried to claim.

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Salted

Jul-02-13 1:51 PM

This shows how well versed the politicians and newspaper are on this issue. Habitat for Humanity is not and has never been one of the entities involved.

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Brazil

Jul-02-13 12:48 PM

Prediction --- The WGH system will be absorbed within 4 years and there will be tremendous golden parachutes included in the absorption.

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quiensabe

Jul-02-13 12:14 PM

I see UPMC just absorbed another regional rural hospital system. People who don't think hospitals are big business probably think that Apple is a fruit company. Hey, if I give 6 percent of my income to charity, would my property taxes be forgiven? If I have a business and some of my clients stiff me on their bills because they've been laid off, do I get my property taxes forgiven?

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Brazil

Jul-02-13 11:09 AM

I'm not quite sure that is reported as charity. What I believe is reported is as follows: A hospital charges $5,000 for a procedure. Insurances have negotiated rates and pay much less than that charge. Let's say the average is $2500 and that the high end of payment is $3000. When a Hospital does charity care they will claim $5000 in charity care even though in reality no one pays anywhere near that amount.

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