Beth Newman argues in her April 6 letter that Pennsylvania will not experience the full impact of Obamacare (“Pa. Isn’t Getting the Full Benefit of Obamacare Due to Politics”), to which I say, “Thank heavens for Gov. Corbett.”
The call for expansion of Medicaid would place one-quarter of our citizens on the rolls of this welfare program. Let that sink in for a moment: one Pennsylvanian in four.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s opposition to this proposal is not for “political reasons,” as Ms. Newman suggests. It is for mathematical reasons. No state in the nation can sustain the cost of having a quarter of its citizens enrolled in such a welfare program. Gov. Corbett has proposed using this federal money to allow new enrollees to obtain health insurance from private companies.
Anyone who has looked for a doctor can tell you that many won’t accept Medicaid patients. All the “insurance” in the world does no good if you can’t find a doctor.
Tom Corbett’s alternative also expands the number of community health centers and provides incentives for new doctors to staff them. Citizens who understand these problems — the people who really need health coverage — understand and support the Corbett plan.