Reader Poll: Corbett Made Wrong Call On Medicaid

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Conservative org Americans for Prosperity’s ad thanked Corbett for the decision

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.

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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.

February 19th, 2013 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Governor, Poll, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “Reader Poll: Corbett Made Wrong Call On Medicaid”

  1. Matt says:

    The Medicaid expansion has far too many strings attached. In addition, it is a short term Federal boon that, like all government grants at every higher level, eventually gets pulled and sticks the local taxpayers with the bill. It will create more disincentives to work hard, try to get ahead and grow the economy because the benefits, while beneficial to those who can’t help themselves, will enable those who won’t help themselves. It will also cause many individuals who would otherwise work hard to feel like suckers for doing so. It really isn’t healthy. Charity is best when individuals who worked hard for their money CHOOSE to spend their money to help those in NEED. That’s why so many hospitals bear the names of Catholic Saints and why so many arts centers, universities, etc. bear the names of wealthy benefactors.

    These expansions of government “charity” are not healthy for the long term survival or soveriegnty of our states or our nation. It has happened over and over again throughout history.

  2. tommyd says:

    Most of the people who read PoliticsPA are low information voters who pay little or no taxes? Really Kathleen?

  3. you're an idiot^^ says:

    the low information voter would be you…doesn’t it bother you that the people you trust to give you the truth about things such as the ACA have outright lied to you??
    you know they all said/say the same thing “its gonna be expensive and cost the taxpayers so much money”….well you know what? You along with them are absolutely, categorically wrong! just look at the states who opted to take the medicaid expansion…it did not add millions in debt, you know what it did?? well do ya? or do you just repeat false neocon talking points? its SAVED money, millions n millions of dollars! check out Florida as an example…but I understand people like you who think “Im not going to let facts and truth get in the way of my absurd, hateful, ignorant ideology……so fuck off truth and facts, I embody the sharp-shooter fallacy, I am the the so called “low-info” voter I so vehemently protest to hate. and my dictionary does not have the words hypocritical and irony!!”

  4. Kathleen3 says:

    Obviously the majority who voted against Corbett’s decision are the same who: pay little to no taxes; are low information voters who, like Peolosi, did not read the Obama Bill before passing it; and, live for today ignoring the magnitude of the price Pennsylvanians would have had to pay once the Obama scam is fully exposed.

  5. Except when you phrase the poll to read accurately, by asking “Would you agree to pay more in state income taxes to expand Medicaid, a program you probably won’t use?”

  6. Basile says:

    This sound to familiar…..

    “The past year of Mr. Jindal’s tenure, in fact, has been defined by steady progress on a wish list of conservative policies. Louisiana has expanded its school voucher system, rejected the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, passed onerous new anti-abortion laws and is poised to accept a massive overhaul of its tax code, replacing income and corporate taxes with a large new sales tax.”

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/the-same-old-gop-presidential-candidates-still-must-appease-the-right-676092/

  7. Lorenzo Canizares says:

    Civilized nations consider health care a human right.

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