Hey Kathleen Sebelius: Don’t Lock in CorbettCare

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A few weeks ago it looked like Tom Corbett was not serious about getting CorbettCare approved by the Obama administration because he’d loaded it down with right-wing poison pills.

Now it looks like that’s not the case:

A letter from Gov. Tom Corbett to Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, says the governor wants to “move forward in good faith and work towards a reasonable compromise” on the matter. He is instead proposing a voluntary pilot program called “Encouraging Employment.”

No other state has a work requirement for its Medicaid program, and state officials had acknowledged it would be difficult to get the federal government to agree to such a condition for the low-income individuals the program serves.

Corbett administration officials disputed Thursday the idea they were dropping the requirement, however.

“This is not dropping anything,” said Jay Pagni, a spokesman for Mr. Corbett. “We’re willing to have an alternative so that this does not block the entire [Medicaid] waiver.”

This is just a “potential modification” but it looks to me like Team Corbett is trying in earnest to lock the nation’s fakest most right-wing Medicaid expansion alternative approved before PA voters put Corbett out to pasture this November.

If I were Kathleen Sebelius, I’d be reading the #PAGov polls and thinking to myself that we could go through this whole rigamarole just to approve the stingiest, weirdest health insurance expansion plan in America. Or we could just wait another 9 months and a Democratic Governor will just accept the federal Medicaid expansion dollars on Day 1.

(via Kate Giammarise)

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4 Responses to Hey Kathleen Sebelius: Don’t Lock in CorbettCare

  1. The TradMed was reporting that #OneTermTom was dropping the requirement. It would certainly be stupid of Sebelius to approve Corbett’s request at this point. Hell, it would be stupid to approve it at any cost. Once you approve #OneTermTom’s request you’re opening the floodgates for the rest of the Teahadist governors to do the same.

  2. Doug Dante says:

    From the article: “If I were Kathleen Sebelius, I’d be reading the #PAGov polls and thinking to myself that we could go through this whole rigamarole just to approve the stingiest, weirdest health insurance expansion plan in America. ”

    I would love for Sebelius to move against the appearance of impropriety at HHS which harms innocent children, parents, and other vulnerable Americans who appear to be endangered by potential corruption in HHS funded programs such as Title IV-E (foster care) and Title IV-D (child support).

    Sebelius’s Inspector General relies on “annual self assessments” rather than meaningful audits of these programs (seeming to violate the Single Audit Act and the GAGAS standards).

    When they recently checked actual source data in Connecticut, they found about 2/3rds of foster care kids were in homes where the parents hadn’t been screened through the child abuse registry as required by federal law. As far as I know, Sebelius’s people aren’t looking in the other 49 states, and they aren’t looking at the myriad of other problems that the reddit men’s rights community have submitted to them since August 2011.

    Caring for these children requires faithfully and meaningfully auditing programs, and I hope that Sebelius will reform her agency to protect vulnerable Americans, but, for now, those children and parents must persevere.

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