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Bill Streck

Streck Sees ‘Catastrophe For The American People’

Streck Sees ‘Catastrophe

For The American People’

Former Bassett President: U.S. ‘Has Problem

On Its Hands;’ Hopes Senate Acts Responsibly

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Dr. Streck addresses a full house at Templeton Hall in February during House Republicans’ first effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. (AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Retired Bassett Healthcare president Bill Streck says the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives this afternoon is “a catastrophe for the American people.”

“The bill is a hodge-podge of agendas absent any coherent theme other than repealing the Affordable Care Act,” he said regarding this afternoon’s 217-213 vote. “The bill actually serves as a mechanism to prevent millions of Americans from obtaining health care.”

Streck, who since his retirement in 2014 has joined the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS)  as chief medical and health systems innovation officer, has kept the Cooperstown area apprised of the potential threats the ACHA presents to healthcare locally as the Obamacare repeal effort moved forward.

Here is the text of his remarks:

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Faso, Healthcare Advocate Differ On Course Of Reform

Faso, Healthcare Advocates

Differ On Course Of Reform

Family Planning of South Central New York Director Deb Marcus, right, expresses concerns about proposed Obamacare reforms to U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, at a meeting this afternoon in state Sen. Jim Seward’s Oneonta office. Others, from left, are county Rep. Gary Koutnik, D-Oneonta, the state Hospital Association’s Bill Streck, Antoinette Kuzminski, retired Bassett physician lobbying for a single-payer approach, Wayne Mellor of Fly Creek, Judy Fleischer of Oneonta, a former nurse and health-insurance broker, and Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Faso at this afternoon’s discussion.

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, heard concerns of key local players in the national healthcare debate this afternoon, and the two sides appeared to politely disagree on a future course of action.

“We have fundamental concerns that it” – the Obamacare revision being revived in Congress – “will not be an improvement over the current ACA.” said Bill Streck, retired Bassett Healthcare president, now director of innovation for the state Hospital Association (HANYS). “From our analysis, 200-700 thousand people would be at risk along with healthcare in our region.”

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‘Repeal, Replace’ Bill Phony, Backers Know It, Streck Says

‘Repeal, Replace’ Bill Phony,

Backers Know It, Streck Says

Former Bassett CEO Speaks To Providers At Otesaga
HANYS’ Bill Streck fields a question from Vance Brown, his successor as Bassett president/CEO, at today’s LCHP symposium at The Otesaga.  (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The American Health Care Act, proclaimed as a replacement for Obamacare, is “stealth” legislation that doesn’t do what its supporters purport it will – and they know it.

Former Bassett CEO Bill Streck delivered that message today at a daylong symposium of  the Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners at The Otesaga.  The LCHP includes all providers of health-related services locally, from Springbrook and Pathfinder Village to LEAF.

STRECK’S RECOMMENDED READING

Today’s lead editorial in the New York Times

Piece in yesterday’s Harvard Business Review

“It’s getting harder and harder to pretend:  It’s just a bad bill,” he said.  Congress is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.

Streck, now chief innovation officer for HANYS (the state Hospital Association), outlined three example of how the ACHA (Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act) doesn’t do, or even intends to do, as a prospective replacement to the ACA (Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act):

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Repeal Of Obamacare Will Hit County Hard

BILL STRECK’S MESSAGE HOME:

Repeal Of Obamacare

Would Hit Here Hard

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – would leave 5,700 Otsego County people uninsured, retired Bassett President/CEO Bill Streck, now chief medical and health systems innovation officer at HANYS (the state’s hospital association), told a mostly medical-sector crowd of 75 at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown this evening.  Shifting Medicaid from an entitlement to block grants might raise county government’s costs by $700,000, he said.  He also said U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, is part of a “Group of Nine” Upstate GOP congressmen that, working together, may be of sufficient size to influence where the U.S. House of Representatives ends up on ACA reform.     The talk was sponsored by Sustainable Otsego and Positive Action, which have organized a second talk 7-9 p.m. next Thursday, also at Templeton Hall, where Dr. Chris Kjolhede (inset photo) will lead a discussion on what people may do locally to influence the the national outcome.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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‘Second Family’ Thanks Bill Streck

‘Second Family’ Thanks Bill Streck

$1.2 Million Clinic Named In Honor Of Former Bassett CEO

COOPERSTOWN – Bill Streck had every reason to be humbled by the opening of the Dr. William F. Streck Health Center at Pathfinder Village.

“I was talking to a friend about it, and he said, ‘Let me get this straight. Bassett starts a clinic in a farmhouse. Then you became president of Bassett. You retire. Dr. Vance Brown opens a clinic and they name it after you’?” he recalled during his remarks at the clinic’s opening reception Friday, Nov. 6.

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In Appreciation, Pathfinder Village Names Health Clinic For Dr. Streck

In Appreciation, Pathfinder Village

Names Health Clinic For Dr. Streck

Those breaking ground on the William F. Streck Community Health Center this morning included, from left, Marian Mullen, Congressman Gibson, Senator Seward and the honoree, Dr. Bill Streck.  Two past Streck is Dr. Vance Brown, his success as Bassett president/CEO.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Those breaking ground on the William F. Streck Community Health Center this morning included, from left, Marian Mullen, Congressman Gibson, Senator Seward and the honoree, Dr. Bill Streck. Two past Streck is Dr. Vance Brown, his success as Bassett president/CEO. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com

After catching Old Glory before it could his the ground, Congressman Gibson stood sentinel by the flag through the rest of the ceremony, including remarks by Bill Streck, right.
After catching Old Glory before it could hit the ground, Congressman Gibson stood sentinel by the flag through the rest of the ceremony, including remarks by Bill Streck, right.

EDMESTON – Just before dignitaries this morning at Pathfinder Village held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the William F. Streck Community Health Clinic, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announced he had obtained a $250,000 state grant which will largely complete the $1.2 million needed for the facility.

Among audience members were Marian Mullen, the executive director in the early 1980s who envisioned the New England-style village that has been home to the center for Down syndrome children for the past three decades.

Dr. Streck, who retired last summer after 30 years as president/CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network, chaired the Pathfinder board for much of that time, and continues in that role today.

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Nicoletta Hailed After 27 Years In Bassett’s Top Financial Job

Nicoletta Hailed After 27 Years

In Bassett’s Top Financial Job

Nick Nicoletta, Bassett's corporate vice president & chief financial officer, pauses for a photo with retired Bassett president/CEO Bill Streck at a dinner in Nicoletta's honor Wednesday evening.  Nicoletta retired on Dec. 31 after 38 years at Bassett, 27 in the health network and medical center's top financial job.  "Nick has been an architect of Bassett, an extremely talented thinker and strategist whose hard work and creativity have been the source of the financial and organizational infrastructure of Bassett," Streck said.
Nick Nicoletta, left, Bassett’s corporate vice president & chief financial officer, pauses for a photo with retired Bassett president/CEO Bill Streck at a dinner in Nicoletta’s honor Wednesday evening. Nicoletta retired on Dec. 31 after 38 years at Bassett, 27 in the health network and medical center’s top financial job. “Nick has been an architect of Bassett, an extremely talented thinker and strategist whose hard work and creativity have been the source of the financial and organizational infrastructure of Bassett,” Streck said.
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