Corbett’s Rejection of Federal Medicaid Dollars Will Deny Insurance to 700,000 Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvania Health Access Network says Tom Corbett and the Teahadists’ rejection of $43 billion in free federal money over 10 years will deprive 700,000 people of health insurance:

Today Governor Corbett did not appropriate federal funds in his proposed budget that have already been allotted to Pennsylvania to offer health care coverage to approximately 700,000 working families.

Pennsylvania has the opportunity to accept new federal funding to extend health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians and reduce the state’s uninsured population by more than half. This opportunity would enable Pennsylvania to cover working adults making up to $15,415 for an individual or a family of four making $31,809.

Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network made the follwoing statement in resposne to Governor Corbett not moving forward with Medicaid expansion at this time:

“Governor Corbett has the chance to bring coverage and health care security for hundreds of thousands of working Moms and Dads, all while stimulating our local economy, creating local jobs and saving Pennsylvania taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars currently spent each year to treat the uninsured emergency rooms. This is an opportunity the Commonwealth cannot afford to pass up. We urge our legislators make sure Pennsylvania doesn’t leave these new funds, the jobs they would create and the secure coverage they would provide, on the table.”

Pennsylvania will be able to bring in $43.3 billion in new Medicaid funds over the next ten years — money that will be injected directly into Pennsylvania’s economy and used to create jobs, relieve the burden on local hospitals and build our health care workforce.


  1. Actually it doesn’t, this is another bald-faced lie. Jon, you really need to stop just being a hack.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      It absolutely does. Under the expansion people who make up to 130% of poverty line would qualify for Medicaid. Now they won’t. That’s Corbett’s fault.

  2. PA taxes would have to increase by billions in order to pay for the coverage partially covered by the ‘free’ money you speak of.

    This is all part of the Obamacare shell game – force the states to cover a major part of the cost so that it doesn’t show as a Federal expenditure.

    HS students figured this out long ago. You need to catch up and admit what the true costs of Obamacare are, instead of being an ignorant hack.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      I’m not saying there are no state costs. At their highest they will be about $500 million a year, about a decade from now. That is easily worth covering the between 600-800K people the Medicaid expansion would cover. If you want it to cost less, you need to get behind all-payer rate setting like they have in Maryland. One price per service, for every insurer.

  3. You consistently refused to count state costs as part of the costs of Obamacare – one of the many ways you ignore facts you don’t like.

    And since you’re now again believing 10 year projections, and have never been able to give even one example of a government program that came in at budget, leads me to believe your $500MM number is probably off by a factor of 5 or 6 – $3 billion/yr in additional expenses easy.

    Oh, and have you been reading how the costs and coverage for Obamacare have been blowing up? Lots of sloppy wording in the legislation too. Guess that’s what happens when you don’t let anyone read legislation before you vote on it.

    Thank you Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      The federal government pays 100% of the cost through 2016 and 90% thereafter. I’m just using the Corbett estimate of $2 billion in state costs before 2020. Do you think Corbett is being too charitable to the Obama HHS?

      • “I have decided not to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange at this time. It would be irresponsible to put Pennsylvanians on the hook for an unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not been fully written.” — Tom Corbett

        Where does that state $2 billion?

        The fact is Jon no one knows what this will cost. People like you, who don’t give a crap and don’t understand that decisions have ramifications, make decisions anyway (just like in the trash discussion where you advocated a decision without the facts).

        • Jon Geeting says:

          I don’t have time to digest all the news for you and spit it in your mouth like a mama bird. The Corbett administration released estimates for what they thought the state costs would be a couple months back.

          You don’t give a shit about the ramifications of denying health insurance to 700,000 people. You’ve probably never been without health insurance and that’s why you have no empathy for the people who live in fear that they’ll be bankrupted by a random accident.

  4. And since those estimates the IRS and CBO have issued interpretations of Obamacare that significantly increase both the # of people who’ll get crammed onto Medicaid and the cost of that coverage.

    You might want to keep current on this topic instead of relying on old information, especially when the new information takes all you know and throws it in the shitter – that’ll keep you from looking like an uninformed rube.

    Actually I do care, as I’ve stated many times. I just want to actually pay for the coverage through actual reforms instead of loading your generation up with more debt.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      I also want to pay for it with real reforms. All-payer rate setting is honest-to-goodness reform the state can make to stop providers from overcharging for services.

      • If you want real reform, why are you against tort reform? Your party’s estimates are it’ll pay for 1/2 of Obamacare. That’s real money, real easy. You just have to stand up instead of being a bony-assed bitch for the tort lawyers.

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