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Corbett Balks at Health Care Exchanges for Pa.

Pennsylvania will join other GOP-led states putting the Affordable Care Act mandate back in federal hands.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Gov. Corbett announced on Wednesday that Pennsylvania will not be setting up its own healthcare exchanges as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The responsibility for the exchange now falls back to the federal government.

Corbett reportedly blamed federal authorities for the move, saying they didn't provide adequate answers to questions about how the exchange will be paid for and other details.

See the pdf section for a letter the governor wrote to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding the decision.

"Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning," Corbett said, according to the AP. "Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars."

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released a statement applauding the governor's move. 

"Obamacare is nothing more than a massive tax that increases healthcare costs and puts the federal government between patients and their doctors, and by refusing to participate in Obamacare’s state-based exchanges, Governor Corbett took an important step today to shield Pennsylvanians from the President’s healthcare debacle," Gleason wrote.

"Tom Corbett believes our healthcare system can be reformed, but expanding government bureaucracy to create a system that forces costs to go up while quality goes down is not the answer. Obamacare is bad policy and bad law, and I applaud Governor Corbett for standing up to the President’s takeover of our healthcare system."

State Sen. Daylin Leach reportedly gave Corbett credit for giving more thoughtful reasons for not participating rather than just standing on partisan politics, but said he'll be watching for how Corbett handles the expansion of Medicaid mandated by the ACA.

The exchanges, which would allow citizens to buy private insurance plans, are supposed to be operational by Jan. 1, 2014. According to the AP, 17 states and Washington D.C. have already agreed to set up their own exchanges while 20 GOP-led states are leaving it to the federal government.

Read more about the healthcare exchanges and Corbett's decision here.

Joseph Finnick December 14, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Bi-partisan can mean that people of both parties support(ed) it. The Republican Party is represented here by the heavily right leaning Heritage Foundation and Newt Gingrich (don't forget about him!). Putting patients in charge of their own health care would be disastrous as certainly many people wouldn't these accounts and other programs well and would therefore be in a terrible situation where they wouldn't have enough money left for their health care. When people don't purchase insurance and must use the hospital, the money gets charged to everyone else (in an indirect fashion) so those without health insurance therefore cause an indirect increase in everyone else's insurance. How has Obamacare been intrusive? You still choose your own plans and maintain the same relationship with your doctor. How is the government administering any sort of health care plan? They are really just imposing more regulations on the health insurance industry, which is very different from a government administered plan. For all of the problems with Obamacare, at least criticize what is actually in the act.
Jack Minster December 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
What you described Joseph was the way things worked before Obamacare's passage. What is happening since is summarized in a 100% accurate timeline presented by Rep. Fleming: http://fleming.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hc_timeline.pdf The issue is up in this thread, starting with Dr. S's post. He's now facing the wall. Many doctors have already stopped accepting Medicare patients and various insurance plans. Can't make this stuff up. Google a little or better yet interface with more doctors, ask them. Bottom line, no one can force anyone else to work, or accept $X dollars for services. You say I still maintain my own plan (meaning insurance). True. Premiums doubled as soon as Obama got elected in '08, and deductibles increased. You say I still maintain the same relationship with my doctor: not true. I now must pay $2K cash out-of-pocket to remain in his practice. It's called Concierge Medicine. I get newsletters from MDVIP adding dozens of new docs each edition. Spreading like crazy. Cause-effect. I feel like I'm repeating myself, so go ahead and get the last word.
Joseph Finnick December 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Why does changing the label of something somehow make it worse? I have talked to my doctor. He has no problem accepting any insurance. Premiums did not double for everyone. Mine went up $10 and my deductibles have actually went down. I feel for you that your doctor went to concierge medicine. Mine didn't and I have the exact same relationship with him. That wasn't brought on by Obamacare. It was more brought on because concierge is more profitable to the doctors while allowing them to see less patients. This is the idea that the doctors are "the best" so people are willing to pay more money and do it out of pocket for them. I fail to see the connection between this ultra privatization model and Obamacare.
Joseph Finnick December 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Also, that timeline was provided by the Heritage Foundation and is extremely biased, playing very loosely with the facts.
Tim Lewis December 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Why are Democrats so mean-spirited and intolerant?

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