Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that the decision to expand Medicaid eligibility was to be made on a state-by-state basis by the states themselves rather than mandated by the federal government. Recently, we asked if you thought Governor Tom Corbett made the right decision not to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania.
The results are in and 443 out of 633 PoliticsPA readers think that the governor should have acted differently regarding this controversial component of the state budget in order to benefit Pennsylvanians in need. 190 of readers surveyed supported the governor’s decision because they view an expansion without reforms as financially unwise for taxpayers.
Opinions on the issue are generally divided along party lines. Muhlenberg College’s Christopher Borick said the governor’s decision “could be seen as using what power he has on this matter to directly challenge what he thinks is bad policy and that, for many Republicans, is probably pretty popular.”
Democrats criticizing Corbett’s decision on Medicaid say that it will result in many older Pennsylvanians continuing to remain uninsured due to a lack of affordable options.
During his budget speech Corbett called the expansion of Medicaid “financially unsustainable” and said that at this time “without serious reforms” he could not recommend it.