Corbett Puts Out Medicaid Plan in Wake of Dismal Jobs Study, All-Time Worst Poll Numbers – PA Headlines 1/4 Counterpoint PA 9/24-30/2013



Welcome to Counterpoint PA, the only grassroots progressive newscast exclusively about Pennsylvania politics. I’m your host, Aaron DiDonato. First up, PA Headlines.

After a new study showed Republican Governor Tom Corbett’s job creation and economic record to be truly dismal, he came out with a new plan to use federal money from ObamaCare meant for public health insurance on more expensive private insurance for fewer people. But even if he’s able to manipulate some voters into thinking that’s a good thing, it may not be enough for him to sufficiently raise his approval ratings for reelection next year since a recent poll shows him currently with his lowest ever.

This graph from the “State of Working Pennsylvania 2013“ report by the Keystone Research Center shows that after Corbett was elected in 2010 job creation fell off a cliff. Starting on the left, the first bar shows job growth the last full year the state budget was signed by a Democratic governor, the second bar shows the transition year Corbett was partially responsible for, the third bar shows the first full year the state budget was signed by Corbett, and the last bar shows job growth for the first half of this, the second full year for which Corbett will have signed the state budget. This isn’t exactly a job creation record to base a reelection campaign on.

The Keystone Research Center also took a look at the effect of Governor Corbett’s policies on wages in Pennsylvania. This graph shows the change in wages for all Pennsylvanians between 2010, when Corbett was elected, and 2012. Divided into income brackets, you can see the change in wages for the lowest income Pennsylvanians in the lighter bars on the left, the median in the middle, and the wealthiest on the right. It’s not looking great across the board, but what sticks out the most to me is that the people who have taken the biggest loss in wages are close to the most impoverished among us, while the only group to see their wages increase were already close to the wealthiest among us.

After this report was issued and perhaps in part because of it, Governor Corbett finally responded to months and months of pressure on Medicaid expansion, part of President Obama’s health insurance overhaul often called ObamaCare that could give public health insurance to between 600,000 and 800,000 currently uninsured Pennsylvanians according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. WITF’s Mary Wilson reports:

The proposal includes replacing Medicaid co-pays with monthly premiums … The governor also wants to require working-age Medicaid recipients, with some undefined exceptions, to show they’re looking for work or getting job training. … If reforms are approved by the federal government, Corbett administration officials said they’ll launch a program to allow 520,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who would be eligible for Medicaid under an expanded program to shop for private health insurance in the state’s health care exchange.

So even if the federal government accepts Corbett’s Medicaid restrictions and allows the Medicaid expansion funds to be used for his private plan, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who would be included in Medicaid expansion will still have no health insurance so that Corbett can claim quote, “This isn’t expanding an entitlement. … This is a different program and this is one that makes common sense.”

But it’s only common sense to cover fewer people with private insurance if you agree with conservative Republican extremists that the government helping people is a bad thing. To the rest of us, it’s absurd to cover hundreds of thousands fewer people, blocking their access to health care, just so private companies can provide the insurance to those lucky enough to still be included instead of the government.

After tanking the state job market and with the most recent Franklin & Marshall poll showing Corbett’s public approval rating at an all-time low of 17 percent, you’d think Corbett could come up with something to more effectively bolster his reelection chances than fighting to prevent people living in poverty from getting health insurance.

September 26, 2013 · Aaron · No Comments
Posted in: Economy / Budget, Governor, Health Care, ObamaCare in PA, PA Headlines, State / Federal Crossover, State Government

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