Schwartz Issues Statement on Corbett’s Health Care Decision

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.


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said in a Dec. 12 press release that he “decided not to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange at this time.” He continued, “However, we will continue to seek guidance from HHS on the costs, impacts and flexibility involved in the different options for Medicaid expansion.”

See the entire press release here, and read his letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the pdf section of this post.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-13, responded with the following statement:

Governor Corbett's decision not to accept the authority to develop and operate a state ‘exchange’ marketplace of private health coverage for individuals and small businesses is a failure of leadership and vision. It is a lost opportunity for the Commonwealth to demonstrate leadership and innovation in affordability and accessibility in the insurance marketplace. And, it fails to build on Pennsylvania’s strong history as a pioneer in the development and successful implementation of private-public partnerships in health insurance coverage for children and adults.  

Pennsylvania's Children’s Health Insurance Program was one of the first state initiatives in the nation that was used five years later as a model for the federal efforts that now offer affordable coverage for 11 million children in the country. As a State Senator who fought hard for the creation of CHIP and more recently as a Member of Congress who fought for expansion of coverage at the federal level, I have seen the positive outcomes for millions of children and their working parents. AdultBasic, started with dollars from the settlement with the tobacco industry, was also a public-private initiative that successfully offered coverage to thousands of lower income middle class adults in Pennsylvania. Governor Corbett ended this program using the funds to cover budget shortfalls, leaving many in Pennsylvania uninsured. 

The federal government will now take the responsibility to establish an exchange for Pennsylvania so that our residents will have access to affordable, meaningful coverage. The Governor's decision has denied Pennsylvania the chance to lead in coverage and affordability and to design a model that works best for the state and our particular insurance and delivery preferences.  

Health coverage and cost are major issues for Pennsylvania families and businesses. While there are unanswered questions, as there are with all new ventures, the Governor's decision demonstrates the low priority he has given to the serious challenge of affordable, accessible health coverage for our citizens.



Victor B. Krievins December 17, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Marc: You are correct. In addition, I urge every citizen of Abington to urge their commissioner to support "Live Stop". This program enables Police to impound any car stopped without proper insurance, registration etc. I have been the victim of un insured drivers twice in Abington. One driver had no License, No Inspection, No Registration and NO Insurance. The day after his accident with me, I caught him driving again!
Geno P December 17, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Just a question...how does it become socialism to demand that people act in a responsible way and purchase their own health insurance rather than to expect the rest of us to pay for their care when they show up at a hospital ER without insurance??? Seems that those of you that are always whispering about the 'takers' would be knocking each other out of the way to get on the bandwagon with this plan of self-responsibility. As for the comment about employers being forced to provide 'socialized health care' to your employees...do what you do whenever any of your other operating expenses rise. We know that you wont take a paycut, so... Maybe if you treated your employees with the dignity of basic health care, you would find that they become happy and loyal to you!
waldo von erich December 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
marc, yes the law requires auto insurance, but i was able to find out that about 7 out 10 cars in the philly metro area dont have any insurance . yet when you go to get your car state inspected or registration renewal you must have proof of insurance. i just found out that the guy who hit me , was in several accidents with with no insurance and no drivers license ..... so this leads me to my questions for our Rep. Allyson Schwartz will their me a mandate for car insurance , just like heath care insurance?
Victor B. Krievins December 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Waldo contact me and i will help you no charge
Victor B. Krievins December 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Abingtonjjudge@aol.com. Waldo


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