Report: Corbett Will Accept Medicaid Expansion…Basically

Corbett must really be worried about his re-election chances (if not the uninsured of Pennsylvania). Several outlets are reporting that he will go ahead with the expansion of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion (more on that here) which he’s been dithering/changing his mind about for months. EXCEPT: He’s pretty much refusing to call it an actual “expansion” and vows that significant reforms have to be made to Medicaid before implementing said Obama policy that must not be named. Since the initial reports came out, his administration has said that he’s not actually going for the expansion, but instead, seek some sort of a private sector solution that would achieve some of the same goals (ostensibly).

One option could be to utilize private-sector health plans, rather than increase Medicaid enrollment. Iowa and Arkansas are considering such an approach. That would enable the states to get federal money for backing expansion and buy private insurance for low-income residents.

So, to recap: It looks like Corbett will expand Medicaid in some way to cover more low-income people who are uninsured. But he won’t call it that and will try to do it in a more private sectory-way. Stay tuned.



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  • Jane Yavis

    Tom Corbett will call his “Medicaid Expansion” anything the Tea Party tells Dom Giordano from 1210 to call it. If he doesn’t Don Adams from the Tea Party will speed dial Dom Giordano to threaten the ever-present “Tea Party Primary Challenge” against the man who has already been endorsed by Comcast’s David L. Cohen,,,,AND the same Corporations that endorsed Corbett last time.

    Again, Republicans want Corbett because he is weak a nd can be pushed around. The Better Business Bureau and Cohen say this is leadership,,,,,,and I fear four more years with Texas Tom Corbett. .

  • GetSmarty

    Sorry, Jane. You don’t know much about the Independence Hall Tea Party.
    We have a federal PAC and rarely get involved in state races.
    We’ve never made an endorsement in a state gubernatorial race and we have no plans to do so at this time.
    Don Adams, President
    Independence Hall Tea Party PAC
    PS I wish I had as much influence as you seem to think I do.