Corbett Will Allow Pennsylvania Medicaid Expansion Under Obamacare

It’s unclear why Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) has chosen to drop his opposition to expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, but we shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

From Lancaster Online

Gov. Tom Corbett intends to announce he will accept federal funds to expand medical coverage to an estimated 682,000 more Pennsylvanians in a Medicaid-like program, according to sources close to the governor. [...]

The governor’s announcement, expected early next week, will come almost two weeks before the Oct. 1 federal deadline for states to submit a plan for the expansion.

State Republicans have argued that expanding Medicaid would be too costly and unsustainable for the state, but the good news for them is that the federal government will cover 100 perfect of the cost of expansion until 2016, 95 percent of the cost until 2020, and 90 percent of the cost beyond 2020. Ultimately, the cost of expanding Medicaid will be less than the cost of visits to the emergency room.

(H/T TPM)

This entry was posted in Healthcare and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • formerlywhatithink

    Ultimately, the cost of expanding Medicaid will be less than the cost of visits to the emergency room.

    They just don’t care. They’re more concerned about scoring political points with their rabid base than in helping the very same people who make up their rabid base.

    • missliberties

      Actually they do care, now that the rubber meets the road.

  • Christopher Foxx


    The governor’s announcement, expected early next week,

    This form always bothers me. Whaddayamean “next week”? Sounds like it’s already been announced.

  • D_C_Wilson

    It’s unclear why Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) has chosen to drop his opposition to expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, but we shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

    It’s no mystery, Ashby. Corbett’s poll numbers are in the cellar and he has to do something to bring them up before next years’s election or he’ll be the first Pennsylvania governor to fail to fail a second term.

    • SEPA_Q

      Don’t see anything about this on the Philly news websites, but maybe they’re just not willing to say anything before an official announcement. Here’s hoping that he STILL will be “the first PA gov to fail to win a 2nd term”!

  • missliberties

    Hospitals and nursing homes.