Bernie Sanders: Philly hospital closure ‘illustrates the entire problem’ of U.S. health care system

  • Ed Mahon

A bill that passed days before the state budget deadline gives the Pennsylvania attorney general authority to prosecute certain gun violations in Philadelphia, The Intercept and The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. — Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter

‘A sense of failing’

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Siddique Akbar, a second-year nephrology fellow at Hahnemann, is concerned about uprooting his family if he has to find a new placement out of town.

  • WHYY’s Nina Feldman shows how the planned closure of Hahnemann University Hospital will create big complications for 570 doctors-in-training — particularly ones from other countries. “I’m trying to play it cool,” said Siddique Akbar, who was born in Pakistan and is a second-year nephrology fellow at the Philadelphia hospital.

  • Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has weighed in on the planned closure, saying it “illustrates the entire problem” of America’s health care system. Politico’s Holly Otterbein has more about the Democratic presidential candidate’s comments.

  • Dr. Kevin F. D’Mello, a physician at Hahnemann, said the demise of the 171-year-old hospital, which serves “mainly a low-income and vulnerable patient population,” has shaken his faith. “It is difficult to look at myself in the mirror these days without feeling a sense of failing my patients and trainees,” he wrote for Philadelphia magazine.

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Harrisburg’s Chuck Taylor hits a grand slam against Bowie during opening day at FNB Field on City Island. April 04, 2019.

  • PennLive’s Daniel Gallen looked at the low pay that minor-league baseball players receive. “I played in front of 10,000 people a night, and I wouldn’t have food to eat after a game, and I wouldn’t have enough money to go get food,” a former player said.

  • Over in Chester, a Major League Soccer franchise is celebrating its 10th season on the field, P. Kenneth Burns reports for WHYY. Burns looked at how much of an impact the stadium has had on the community.

  • Two Penn State alumnae, Alyssa Naeher and Ali Krieger, helped the United States win a fourth Women’s World Cup title, Ryan Lam reports for The Daily Collegian.

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