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A few months ago I received a newsletter for Sen. Pat Toomey. The lead story was about his wife having difficulty accessing the federal government’s health care website. The senator seemed happy that the website was not working properly. Yet our governor with the senator’s support is unwilling to just accept federal money to expand health care for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who do not have health care. I find it shameful and offensive that our governor would take such a position. 

What kind of person is willing to allow hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians (two-thirds are children) to go without affordable health care because of politics?

I worked 30 years in the health insurance industry and I have seen the problems that no health insurance can have on families. People without health insurance still use health care. They just have to go to the more expensive emergency room instead.

Our state’s political leaders spend a lot of time and money lobbying the federal government to secure tax dollars from the federal government to use in Pennsylvania. Yet, when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), our governor refuses to expand Medicaid. 

Are his principles that strong or is it just politics? He won’t accept President Barack Obama’s plan to help the very poor and the working poor while at the same time he is giving a free pass (no extraction fees) to big oil.

HERMAN L. HARDY
Wilkinsburg


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