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Hold UPMC accountable

| Saturday, July 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Hold UPMC accountable

Regarding the story “UPMC has no employees, judge decides” (June 26): Suggesting that UPMC has no employees is ridiculous, but apparently UPMC has managed to put off accountability on this technicality.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick's ruling is very clear that this has nothing to do with UPMC's charity status, and our community feels strongly that based on the organization's actions, the health care giant is not a charity.

Even though UPMC brought in $1.3 billion in profits in the last three years, UPMC isn't paying its fair share for public services like schools and transit, forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab. Pittsburgh is united in an effort to hold UPMC accountable, and our calls for change won't stop until UPMC does its part to strengthen the community. Too much is at stake to stay silent.

Barney Oursler

The writer is executive director of Pittsburgh United, which advocates for low- and middle-income families.

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