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What's happening at the Capitol?/What do Pennsylvanians think about health?

Written by By Benjamin Pontz, Associate Producer | May 20, 2019 4:00 AM
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With a budget deadline on the horizon and a flurry of legislative activity on issues ranging from abortion to judicial elections, the Capitol is an increasingly busy place. 

Joining  us on Monday's Smart Talk to provide an update on what's happening in Harrisburg is WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Katie Meyer. Among the topics to be discussed are a bill passed last week in the State House that would ban abortions on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, Governor Wolf's Restore PA plan to invest in Pennsylvania infrastructure, and competing plans to change judicial selection.

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WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Katie Meyer

Also, a recent poll conducted in conjunction with the Muhlenberg College Public Health Program found that a majority of Pennsylvanians disapprove of how President Donald Trump is handling health care. Six in ten Pennsylvanians want to let the Affordable Care Act stand or strengthen it to do more, and nearly two in three Pennsylvanians support the federal government offering a "Medicare type" insurance plan to all Americans that would compete with private insurance plans. 

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss these and other findings is Dr. Christopher Borick, Director of Muhlenberg College's Institute of Public Opinion and Professor of Political Science.

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Dr. Christopher Borick (Photo courtesy of Muhlenberg College)

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