Corbett is right about Medicaid expansion
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As a nurse in a community hospital preparing to negotiate a union contract and as a nurse practitioner student, I see the debate over expanding the Medicaid program as a topic that will have an impact both personally and professionally.
In my research to empower an informed opinion, I read the letter Gov. Tom Corbett wrote to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in which he states that more information is needed before committing Pennsylvania to the Medicaid expansion program. He implores her to discuss important issues that would lead to an informed decision. The governor's letter states, "We simply cannot build on a broken system led by mandates from Washington." I applaud his fact-finding before making a decision that will have far-reaching consequences.
With the state of today's economy, Pennsylvania residents simply cannot afford the burden of a decision made in haste. We do not want to jump on another bandwagon heading over a fiscal cliff. The administration's estimate that it could cost four billion taxpayer dollars by the end of fiscal year 2020-2021 is not something that should be taken lightly or decided simply to meet a deadline.
First Published March 20, 2013 12:00 am