#PAGov: Tom Corbett Reelection Campaign Will be a Referendum on Tom Corbett, Not Obamacare

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This is hilarious. When politicians don’t have a record to run on, that’s when you see them try to distract voters with crazy new initiatives and other bells and whistles. It never works. Reelection campaigns are always a referendum on the incumbent. Tom Corbett’s economic policies have dragged PA’s job growth down from 7th in the nation to the bottom of the pack. His environmental policies suck, and his education record is hated by parents across the state. That’s what this election is going to be about.

But to the extent that we’re going to be talking about Obamacare, it’s important that the Democratic candidates for Governor give us more substance on what they’ll do to implement it at the state level. One thing Corbett’s right about is that we don’t have to follow the national policy. Now, the Corbett plan is a horrible idea, that basically cuts insurance benefits in order to finance some extra rents for big chain hospitals. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t positive changes we can make.

The ACA does give states a lot of flexibility to do almost anything they want that cuts health care prices more than Obamacare. Can we get some more inter-regional price competition going between hospital chains and insurers? Can we speed the transition to the big hospital chains becoming insurers themselves? Can we steal Maryland’s reimbursement rates? There’s all kinds of progressive stuff that we could do to cut costs at state level more than Obamacare does, and the Democratic candidates who want to be in charge of implementation need to start telling us more about what they want to do.

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13 Responses to #PAGov: Tom Corbett Reelection Campaign Will be a Referendum on Tom Corbett, Not Obamacare

  1. Matt Thomas says:

    Actually, targeting Obama is smart politics on behalf of the Governor’s handlers.
    Why talk about a truly appalling and totally indefensible record in Pennsylvania when there’s this great national punching bag out there with a big “D” on it?
    Let’s face it…the numbers on the highly-flawed Affordable Care Act are in the toilet with President Obama himself who is polling at 37% – five points under Toronto’s “crack” Mayor, Rob Ford at 42%.
    And being at times a bit of an elitist you might also consider this comment by an unknown sage and often wrongly attributed to H.L. Mencken:
    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

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  3. Nathaniel says:

    Or, how about moving on to single-payer health care, as just one of Corbett’s Dem challengers, John Hanger, advocates? Vermont is leading the way…

  4. Matt Thomas says:

    Unfortunately Obama lacked the audacity to go all out for single-payer or, for that matter, even half-way, allowing us at the very least a public option. Instead we now have near byzantine chaos that has everyone confused, scared and pissed off. Based on this performance as well as a series of other seemingly unending screw-ups, one can only see this guy as not at all ready for the big leagues.
    And all this after five years of on-the-job learning?
    The poor man is essentially a former cosseted and pampered academic who was never forced to live and struggle out in the real world.
    One could only feel sorry for him if so many people were not being hurt by his continued ineptness.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      The weird Obama hate is another clue that Matt’s a crypto-racist.

      There was never any opportunity to pass single payer or, evidently, a public option. The minimum viable coalition to pass a health care law was: 217-60-1-5. 217 votes in the House. 60 votes in the Senate. 1 President. 5 Supreme Court votes to uphold.

      PPACA passed with 219-60-1-5. After months of haggling and horse-trading, that’s the best they could get. There should be no doubts in anyone’s mind that the bill could not have been further to the left and passed.

      • jkudler says:

        The public option passed the House, though. And was never voted on by the full Senate. I don’t know that Obama is the sole/secret villain, but I also don’t think it’s totally absurd to ask if stupid Joe Lieberman could have been whipped to vote for the public option.

  5. Matt Thomas says:

    Love it…you prove yourself to be not only a phoney liberal who fears the 1st Amendment but a tin man who hides from the challenge of honest debate and sneaks away in silence.
    Take heart…for I’ll give you the opportunity to man up when I call you out in public.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Actually I always delete the long unhinged comments berating me personally. If you’ve got something to say about the subject of this post, leave a comment about that. I’m not your punching bag.