Tom Corbett May Have Just Cost the State 40,000 Jobs by Rejecting Obamacare Provision

According to a new report, Tom Corbett’s decision to reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion could cost the state as many as 40,000 jobs by 2016, due to $3.5 billion flowing into the state from federal coffers. The estimate was done by Families USA and the Pennsylvania Heath Access network–two health advocacy networks. Moody’s Analytics was less optimistic, estimating the extra payments (which will cover somewhere around 500,000 previously uninsured people) would lead to 11,000 new jobs over the course of the next decade. [Inquirer]

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  • The man’s ineptitude knows no boundaries. He’s a tool of big business and the repugnant party. Time to say goodbye to him.

  • frank2411

    Probably only needed 300.but the Feds would bloat this figure by thousands of deadbeats….good choice Tom

    • Good choice to opt out of state guided exchanges, in favor of federal program? Corbett squandered $3 million federal grant to develop state/private healthcare partnerships, then abandoned for sake of idiot-ology.

  • RightsTough

    Let the feds cook up a plan to cover Pennsylvanians. This should be hysterical! Picture 15 people in a silent room scratching there heads with one guy whispering “Remind me again how we plan execute fines on people who refuse to pay a monthly fee for health insurance because they have NO ASSETS and the are fully aware that the doors to emergency rooms are always open . . . and lawyers are just waiting for the hospital that turns them away. Oh, and how are hospitals suppose to stay open under this plan again??”