Steve Esack reports on the new Morning Call/Muhlenberg poll on CorbettCare, which finds most people want a straightforward Medicaid expansion:
HARRISBURG — State residents are not sold on Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to expand Medicaid to more poor residents by allowing them to buy health care coverage from private insurance companies instead of getting it directly from the government.
A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll asked respondents if they thought it was better to expand the existing Medicaid program or “provide funds to buy insurance from private insurance companies.”
Half of the respondents said expanding Medicaid was better, 22 percent picked the private-market option, 17 percent were not sure, and 11 percent chose neither or another option [...]
“Obviously, as people get more familiar with the details of Corbett’s plan, they may shift views and there is always a degree of confusion regarding Medicare and Medicaid,” Borick said. “That being said, I do think the survey results show a slight preference for expansion of coverage through an existing government program rather than through a system where the government gives funds for the individual to use in purchasing insurance.”