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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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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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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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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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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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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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