Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion plan, through which hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians would gain access to affordable health care. The federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost for the first three years and 90 percent of the cost thereafter.
Instead, Mr. Corbett’s “Healthy PA” plan gives federal funds to private insurers, who in turn charge premiums too high for tens of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians to afford.
Without Medicaid expansion, many of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens and working families will simply be left with no health care coverage. There is no justification for this, particularly when there’s an easy and inexpensive alternative.
Gov. Corbett’s unwillingness to take part in the ACA’s plan under the premise that there should be no free ride is callous and cruel.
It’s also bad policy. Those without health insurance typically delay treatment until minor health problems become major. They don’t get the medicines they need for chronic conditions. This means when they finally do access health care, the cost of treatment is much higher.
These costs are shifted to those with health insurance. No free ride? No, indeed. Under Mr. Corbett’s plan, we’re all paying for it.