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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:45 PM

Pennsylvania GOP Governor Turns Down Medicaid Expansion

Source: TPM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) announced Tuesday that his state will turn down the Medicaid expansion, becoming the first governor of a blue state to officially say no to the coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court made optional....

The decision will please conservative advocates who are urging leaders to stonewall Obamacare implementation. But it’s a blow to the many thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians who would have received coverage through the program, which extends Medicaid eligibility to Americans up to 133 percent of the poverty line for participating states....

The Medicaid expansion is a financially enticing offer for states: the federal government would pay the full cost for the first few years and 90 percent after 2020. Conservative opponents fret that the federal government won’t come through with the funds. Top Democrats in Pennsylvania are already demanding that Corbett reverse course.

“Governor Corbett chose to pander to the far right and willfully inflict damage on Pennsylvania’s economy - he has undermined any promises he makes about jobs,” said State Rep. Dan Frankel, the chair of the Democratic Caucus. “The federally funded Medicaid expansion would be a win-win for Pennsylvania. … Governor Corbett should reverse his job-killing decision.”

Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/pennsylvania-tom-corbett-declines-medicaid-expansion.php



"Conservative opponents fret that the federal government won’t come through with the funds." And why would that be? Because their buddies in the House killed it, of course.

Is there a way for states to opt back in once they make the repukes go away? If so, this could be a winning issue for a Dem.

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KamaAina Feb 2013 OP
happyslug Feb 2013 #1
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #2
another_liberal Feb 2013 #3
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #4
another_liberal Feb 2013 #9
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #14
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Feb 2013 #15
another_liberal Feb 2013 #16
BigD_95 Feb 2013 #5
AndyTiedye Feb 2013 #6
mpcamb Feb 2013 #13
drm604 Feb 2013 #7
Marie Marie Feb 2013 #10
Freddie Feb 2013 #11
drm604 Feb 2013 #12
timdog44 Feb 2013 #19
sakabatou Feb 2013 #8
Pakid Feb 2013 #17
Jean Genie Feb 2013 #18
barbiegeek Feb 2013 #20
KamaAina Feb 2013 #21
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #22

Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:48 PM

1. Always, a State can always agree to what it had rejected.

And given the incentives I would NOT be surprised if the GOP does the reversal, more to save money for the State then any other reason.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:00 PM

2. Gasshole. nt

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:03 PM

3. If the States can't . . .

If the States can't "opt back in," that might make it even more of a "winning issue."

When does this idiot, Corbett, have to run again?

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:19 PM

4. Reelection is in 2014 for Corbitt. Right now he isn't popular.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:10 PM

9. Then, by all means . . .

Reelection in 2014? Then by all means let him be a jerk about health care for the poor.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:19 AM

14. I think he will have a hard time winning reelection.

 

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:01 PM

15. He'll be in jail for aiding and abetting

the Penn State pedophiles.

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Response to NYtoBush-Drop Dead (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:09 PM

16. That won't . . .

That won't hurt either. All of those who were in positions of power and helped with the cover-up should pay the price for their crimes.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:20 PM

5. he is my ass of an Governor

 

but he runs again in 2014 but the Dems dont come out in non President races. If he ran the same time Obama was on the ticket he would have lost the 1st time.

I hate to say it but the poor are the ones that this would help and are also the ones that sit the election out. People need to wake the hell up. Its like this country is getting ripped away from middle class & poor and nobody gives a shit.

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Response to BigD_95 (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:53 PM

6. You are Mistaking Despair for Apathy

I hate to say it but the poor are the ones that this would help and are also the ones that sit the election out. People need to wake the hell up. Its like this country is getting ripped away from middle class & poor and nobody gives a shit.

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Response to BigD_95 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:48 AM

13. "Dems don't come out in non President races"

Unfortunately, it may not matter if they do vote in Prez races...

Pennsylvania Republicans To Introduce New Election-Rigging Plan

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014389894

Worsening health care options- OK
Making sure your vote count- Nope
What a horrible person to direct state government.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:23 PM

7. That's my Governor!

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Response to drm604 (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:31 PM

10. Mine too. I feel your pain.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:34 PM

11. Yes, our pedophile-protecting, education-hating,

"let 'em die" Governor.
Hospitals and health care are huge employers in PA. They will have something to say about this.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:45 AM

12. That's a good point.

Maybe they'll pressure him and the legislature.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:15 PM

19. That has happened

In other states already, and I expect more to come.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:34 PM

8. Just another way to screw everyone but the rich.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:24 PM

17. Sure is nice to have an idiot for Governor

Lets do our best to get rid of this thing in 2014

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:05 PM

18. Embarrassed!

It is extremely embarrassing to have to admit that I am from Pennsylvania, and that the asshole Corbett is my governor. I knew he was going to be bad news for the state back when I saw him campaigning at the Hellertown Halloween parade. All trick no treat!

I sure miss Ed Rendell!

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:58 PM

20. WTF! WTF! SERIOUSLY THEY CAN TURN IT DOWN.

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Response to barbiegeek (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:26 PM

21. Yes they can. Thank Chief (In)Justice Roberts.

He did spare the individual mandate, finding that it fell within Congress' taxing authority, but sided with the repukes on this key point and found that the feds could not make Medicaid expansion mandatory for the states, leading to a repuke exodus that will leave low-income people in Red states without access to either Medicaid or the exchanges.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:08 AM

22. Simply an idiotic decision. Typical ideology-driven GOP bullshit. n/t.

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