A big Medicaid proposal from Gov. Corbett, some moves from the Obama admin, and more. Here’s who had a good week and who needs a do-over.
Tom Corbett. The Governor took the driver’s seat this week when he proposed his plan to expand Pa. health care using Obamacare funds. In so doing he weakened one of his opponents’ sharp criticism of his administration. There are strong and valid criticisms of the plan from both sides, which could dog and ultimately sink the plan. But some of the key players on the provider side support it and the Governor has the high ground. He also put the ball in the Obama admin’s court.
PA Coal. A lot of Pennsylvania’s coal-burning power plants are on the edge already. The primary culprit, far more than government, is the availability of cheap natural gas. But those plants remain marginally profitable in the current regulatory environment. Now, President Obama’s administration is putting its finger on the scale. Stringent new regulations, announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency, could be the beginning of the end.
Marjorie Margolies. This week she leveraged her key strength to address her key weakness. The strength: her deep roots to national Democrats and other members of Congress. The weakness: her poor fundraising. She served a term in the 1990s and this week 33 former colleagues will co-host an event as she seeks the Democratic nomination in PA-13.
Bill Shuster. The Congressman was tapped as Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chair because he was seen as a bridge between establishment and tea party factions of the House Republicans. That looks like a good call. His first big test, a major funding bill for water projects, looks like it will pass the House without the major backlash that faces the farm bill and others. Plus he’ll get air support in his primary. A super PAC formed this week to back up the incumbent and take shots against challenger Art Halvorson.
Vince Fumo. Oops. It turns out the federal government doesn’t look too kindly on headlines about people under house arrest hosting lavish parties for friends, former staffers and politicos. The feds nixed a big party scheduled for Fumo’s home. Fumo, the former state Senator, was convicted on corruption charges in 2009 and recently left a federal corrections institute in Kentucky.
Ed Pawlowski. This.
Tweet of the week: Jonathan Tamari, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s DC reporter.
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) September 19, 2013
Runner up tweet of the week: Adam Bonin, attorney with an observation about PA-13.
— Adam Bonin (@adambonin) September 20, 2013