Corbett is wrong not to expand Medicaid

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After reading the Post-Gazette article “Corbett Seeks Federal Nod for Medicaid Plan” (Dec. 6), I was struck by Gov. Tom Corbett’s bold rejection of the established Medicaid system and the inventiveness of his novel plan. He seems to be an imaginative person, so I’d like for him to try to envision some scenarios with me:

You are a young college graduate looking at a new job, but instead of choosing based on a career plan or your personal aspirations, your decision hinges on only one point — whether the employer will provide medical coverage that will treat your painful chronic medical condition.

You are in generally good health, with only occasional troubles but they are symptoms of what might be warning signs for a serious disease, and you cannot afford to get tested for it.

You currently have insurance coverage with a parent’s policy, but you will soon age out of coverage into a state of limbo where your income is too high to qualify for Medicaid, yet too low to afford a private insurance plan.

These scenarios are not imaginary. People I know well live them every day. Governor, do not waste another moment devising ways to send more federal money to private insurers. Thousands of people in the commonwealth need help. Use the federal funds for what they were intended. Use the system that is already working and established. Expand Medicaid.


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