From my inbox:
Katie McGinty, Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, today called Tom Corbett’s HealthyPA plan a present for private insurance companies and a poison pill for the state’s neediest residents, especially those living in Allegheny County.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare was in Pittsburgh on Friday for the second in its series of statewide hearings seeking public comment on Corbett’s plan. By rejecting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and instead pursuing his own costly, complicated HealthyPA plan, Corbett has delayed coverage for 500,000 low-income working Pennsylvanians for at least a year.
“Tom Corbett’s HealthyPA plan not only demonstrates his poor leadership, but it also shows just how out of touch he is with regular Pennsylvanians and the struggles they face daily,” McGinty said.
“Tom Corbett opposes the Affordable Care Act as a federal intrusion that unnecessarily expands the role of government. Yet, he proposes a plan that includes more waiver requests than any other state in the nation. Those waivers would create a bureaucratic nightmare for the state agency that must administer his plan.
“Tom Corbett wants to deny health-care coverage to uninsured Pennsylvanians who are unemployed or struggling in low-wage jobs that don’t provide benefits. Maybe he forgets there are few jobs to be had in a state economy that he has driven into the ground. Pennsylvania ranks 43rd in the nation in job creation under Tom Corbett’s failed leadership.
“Tom Corbett wants poor people to pay copayments and premiums to big, private insurance companies — the only ones who really stand to gain anything from HealthyPA. The same people he wants to charge for insurance are the same people right now who are trying to decide whether to pay for heat or buy prescriptions. In other words, there will be times when they will have to decide between paying for health insurance and paying for rent or putting put food on the tables. That’s not quality, accessible care.”
Expanding Medicaid would bring billions of dollars into Pennsylvania. Numerous studies have shown the federal aid would not only cover hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, but it would also boost economic activity, support job creation and generate real savings for state government.
McGinty said no one should be fooled by Corbett’s claim that HealthyPA is a serious attempt to expand health care. Even as other governors acted, Corbett has stood fast to rigid ideology. As attorney general, Corbett worked aggressively to overturn the Affordable Care Act, trying hard to deny Pennsylvanians the chance to get insurance even if they have a pre-existing condition, or from having peace of mind that they won’t lose insurance if an illness worsens.