Medicaid foresight

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I read Herman Hardy’s March 6 letter, and I question the logic of his frustrations with Medicaid in Pennsylvania. He begins by stating that Sen. Pat Toomey, in his Dec. 6 newsletter, reported his wife’s failure to sign up on the Obamacare website and “seemed happy that the website was not working properly.” I’ve read that newsletter; Sen. Toomey was expressing his family’s frustration with failure to access the website — a frustration widely reported by millions of Americans. Unless Mr. Hardy was one of the lucky few, he was frustrated, too!

But Mr. Hardy saved his principal complaint for Gov. Tom Corbett for declining a straightforward expansion of the state-funded Medicaid program. The governor wisely turned down the president’s one-time stipend for wider Medicaid coverage for low-income people. Had he accepted, Pennsylvania would have been saddled with the Obamacare requirements, but taxpayers would be on the hook for the added costs after the one-time federal funds ran out.

Let’s not forget the federal stimulus program, in which our school districts were given one-time money for projects. After the stimulus funds ran out, the state was severely criticized for not coming up with replacement funds taxpayers can’t afford — and those criticisms continue today.

Once burned, Mr. Hardy! Let’s not make that mistake again.


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