Monthly Archives: January 2013

Upcoming February Meeting

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is pleased to welcome Lewisburg native, Johanna Persing, as the speaker for their next meeting, Monday, February 11 at 7:00PM at the Baylor East Conference Room in the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg.

Johanna is a Lewisburg High School graduate and a 2011 graduate of Gettysburg College where she majored in Political Science and Religion. While at Gettysburg College, she participated in the Eisenhower Institute’s Inside Politics program when she developed a love for a career in politics and Washington, D.C. Upon graduation from Gettysburg, Johanna moved to Washington and began an internship with the Republican National Committee in the Press Office where she was eventually hired as a Press Assistant. During the 2012 election cycle she was able to see firsthand the inner workings and the role of the RNC in the Republican primary process and the National Convention as well as the day to day communications strategy of the Romney Presidential Campaign. In addition to her interest in American and international politics, Johanna enjoys taking advantage of the sights and activities Washington, D.C has to offer.

As a young conservative staff member, Johanna will share her perspective as to what it is like to work inside the RNC. She will address the following topics:

How did she get there?
What was her role with the RNC during the last election?
What will be her role going forward?
How do we get the youth involved?

The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.


January 14 Meeting Summary

Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, introduced himself by speaking about his family background and how it brought him to his current mission – leading in the Pro-Life movement here in Pennsylvania.

Michael Ciccocioppo speaks to SVC

Michael Ciccocioppo speaks to SVC


Ciccocioppo passionately told of the choice his parents faced. They were very young – about to graduate from high school in 1952 – when they found out they would soon become parents. Their choice could have been to abort him, but they decided against it, and over time became the parents of 15. He posed the rhetorical question “What would their decision have been if their situation had taken place today – a time in which abortions are funded by the national government ?”

Mr. Ciccocioppo raised concerns that the Affordable Health Care Act – ‘Obamacare’ – will greatly expand abortion since, according to the president, ‘reproductive care (code words for abortion according to Ciccocioppo) is essential care, basic care so it is at the center of the health care reform I propose.’

The law includes $ 9.5 billion for ‘community health centers’, and, since it does not explicitly forbid abortions at those centers, they will expand the availability and number of federally-funded abortions.

This runs counter to the Hyde Amendment, which must be renewed each year by specific legislative action. The Hyde Amendment stipulates that federal funds cannot be used to pay for abortion services performed under Medicare or Medicaid. Obamacare is therefore an end-run around Hyde.

At the state level, the insurance exchanges to be established as part of Obamacare will include an abortion surcharge. This means every participant in the exchange will pay for abortions; regardless of the participant’s religious beliefs, age, or marital status. Fortunately states can pass legislation specifically exempting them from the surcharge, and the Commonwealth is pursuing such an exemption.

Obamacare will ration health care by establishing an Independent Payment Advisory Board, charged with ‘making recommendations to slow the growth of national health care expenses to below the rate of inflation.’ It empowers the Department of Health and Human Services with the ability to impose quality and efficiency standards on health care providers. This Independent Payment Advisory Board is the ‘Death Panel’ referred to in the recent presidential campaign, which was pooh-poohed as fear-mongering by the left.

Ciccocioppo also pointed out the insidious nature of Obamacare; indicating that the ‘good stuff’ happens early, while the ‘bad stuff’ (taxes, fees, fines) all take place later in the implementation phase.

Ciccocioppo answers questions

Ciccocioppo answers questions

SVC National Debt Tracker

Debt at Beginning of Meeting                $ 16,443,464,873,029
Debt at End of Meeting                              16,443,610,089,468
Increase in Debt during the Meeting      $        145,116,419
Increase per Minute                                  $ 1,612,404

Next Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting will be held Monday, February 11, 2013.


January Meeting – Monday

WHO: Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

WHAT: ObamaCare: It’s Implications for Life
An examination of how federal money will be used to generate the greatest expansion of abortions since Roe vs Wade was decided in 1973.

WHEN: This coming Monday, January 14 at 7:00PM

WHERE: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg
Baylor East Conference Room
Lower level on the west side

AUDIENCE: The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

COST: No charge

Upcoming Meeting – January 14

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is pleased to welcome Michael Ciccocioppo (“Cheek-o-cho-po”), as the speaker for their next meeting on Monday, January 14 at 7:00PM in the Baylor East Conference Room at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg.

Mr. Ciccocioppo is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. He helps Pennsylvanians understand the truth behind abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. He energizes pro-lifers at the grassroots to work for a society that respects human life from conception to natural death. As a pro-life leader for 11 years with 31 previous years experience in health care he brings a unique perspective to the topic: ObamaCare and its Implications for Life.

Prior to joining the pro-life movement full-time in 2002, he was a hospital administrator for over 10 years at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and for 21 years on active duty in the United States Air Force throughout the Unites States and Europe. He has a Master of Health Administration degree from Baylor University and he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He and his wife, Peggy, have been married for 38 years and have four grown children and two grandchildren.