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Corbett Leaving the Uninsured in the Cold

What happened to compassionate conservatism in Pennsylvania?

What happened to compassionate conservatism in Pennsylvania?

While seven Republican governors have accepted federal money to expand access to affordable health care - including Gov. Christie of New Jersey - our very own Gov. Corbett is digging in his heels. The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") sets aside $43 billion for Pennsylvania to expand coverage through Medicaid.

The first three years would be covered 100 percent by the federal government, with subsequent years covered at 90 percent.

But Corbett has so far rejected the deal. The partnership between the federal government and Pennsylvania would cover 700,000 people who currently do not earn insurance through their job, or cannot afford rates found in the private marketplace, according to the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.

What is Corbett's issue with the law?

The landmark legislation was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. This week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who joined in Corbett's unsuccessful lawsuit to block Obamacare, became the latest to change his mind. Scott told CNN, "While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost of new people in Medicaid, I cannot, in good conscience, deny the uninsured access to care."

Before health care reform, millions of working Americans lacked insurance. These are some of the people who ring up your groceries at the store, take care of your children at daycare, and drive taxis in the city. But without insurance, these folks delay seeking treatment - thus increasing overall costs through emergency room care and lowered productivity. They also die sooner.

Maybe Corbett could take a cue from Gov. Christie. The New Jersey rising star enjoys approval ratings over 70 percent. Meanwhile, a Franklin & Marshall poll this month pegs Corbett's approval ratings at 26 percent.

Christie rejects the "crazies" and the anti-government, tea party fringe. On the other hand, Corbett is beholden to the corporate interests that propelled him to office. In the case of expanding access to health care, he is placing neo-conservative interests and his Grover Norquist pledge over the public interests.

As the national Republican Party seeks new footing after their 2012 losses, they need to be reminded of a simple truth. Working-class people will start voting for them again only if they start doing something for us.

Mike Hays

Spring City

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John Q. Public February 22, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Wow. A liberal Democrat activist working to improve the Republican Party! His motivations must be pure, as he works to transform the Republican Party into the Democrat Party. BTW, the evil Corbett also is slack in using my tax money to pay for poor folk's car and house insurance.
Frank Powell February 22, 2013 at 01:58 PM
He is no good and I did not vote for him.
Mike Shortall Sr February 25, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Fact is this is just an attempt to push an Unfunded Mandate onto the States. Besides the cost of setting up the healthcare exchanges, the States then also have to plan to cover the 10% shortfall in expanded Medicaid coverage. If the FedGov is going to set up exchanges if Pennsylvania doesn't participate, what's the advantage to Pennsylvania or any State with limited revenue and no desire to tax its Business base out of the State? At a time when every revenue enhancing/cost cutting measure is being resisted by the Public (expanding natural gas extraction, privatizing the lottery and liquor sales, adding toll roads etc.), what exactly is the State's motivation in accepting the Obamacare exchange burden AND an eventual underfunded expansion to Medicaid coverage? Who will PAY for these new costs? Oh wait, let me guess ...
jxjipper February 26, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Of course you didn't, he isn't giving you anything you didn't earn. to get a chance at the brass ring you gotta pay for the Merry-go-round.
Rick February 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM
You guessed right.
Rick February 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Mike Hays? I wonder what side of the aisle he's on. What a joke.
Adrian Seltzer March 05, 2013 at 01:57 AM
http://marplenewtown.patch.com/blog_posts/is-medicaid-expansion-a-good-deal-for-pa-007d738a
Adrian Seltzer March 05, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Mike it is funded 100% for the first 3 years. States can opt out afterwards if the 10% proves too costly. In those 3 years hundreds of thousands of people (many who Corbett kicked out of health care when he canceled AdultBasic) will have access to healthcare giving businesses a healthier and more productive workforce. Preventative care is way less expensive than emergency room care. It is up to us to get Medicaid reformed so that people get quality care at reasonable prices. The tax payers should not be supporting the Drug companies, medical device companies and hospitals who have ridiculously huge markups.

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