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After the announcement Monday by Ohio Gov. John Kasich that he would accept Medicaid expansion funds under Obamacare, Pennsylvanians might have hoped that the sanity was spreading, and that their Republican governor too would see the light. No such luck.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) announced Tuesday that his state will turn down the Medicaid expansion, becoming the first governor of a blue state to officially say no to the coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court made optional.
“At this time, without serious reforms, it would be financially unsustainable for Pennsylvania taxpayers, and I cannot recommend a dramatic Medicaid expansion,” Corbett wrote in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The Medicaid expansion would have provided coverage to 542,000 additional people in the state over the next decade, according to analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. That would have cost the state  $2.8 billion over a decade, with the federal government kicking in $37.8 billion to the state. More than 1.3 million Pennsylvanians are uninsured, nearly 13 percent of the state's non-elderly population.

Between Corbett's voter suppression and vote rigging schemes and his hard-right, destructive course on Obamacare, this blue state Republican might be making 2014 a bit of a challenge for himself. Here's something for Pennsylvania Democrats to consider: this decision is not irrevocable. States can decide to participate in the expansion at any point, though after 2016 the federal government won't pick up 100 percent of the tab.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:01 PM PST.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, and Daily Kos.

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  •  He needs to be turned out of office like all the (12+ / 0-)

    other GOP pin heads who have declared war on vulnerable people who need our help.  This kind of behavior will injure people and we must not let him do that.  Get set to give $ and time to defeat him big time.

    •  Now that is an insult to pin heads. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:17:57 PM PST

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      •  $37.8-billion times 3.07% PA income tax (0+ / 0-)

        rate would return $1.2-billion to the Pennsylvania state coffers.

        $37.8-billion times 6% sales tax rate would return $2.7-billion to the Pennsylvania state coffers.

        The stimulus effects of this Medicare expansion will pay for half to all of the state costs on the first spending cycle, not to speak of multiplier effects.

        Is this guy Corbett fxcking brain dead ???

        Pardon the Irish, but spending an extra $37.8-billion returns somewhere between $1.2- and $2.7-billion to the state as revenue on the first iteration of expanded health care spending.

        You also have standard economic multiplier effects -- simple Econ 101 stuff -- explained here:

        -- The Multiplier Effect Review for High School AP Economics

        Using a two-year planning horizon, the $37.8-billion would generate more than two-and-a-half times the economic activity. Read that as more than two-and-a-half times the revenue for Pennsylvania.

        Pennsylvania comes out ahead for government revenue, any way you look at it.

        These dumbass Bircher Madness creeps such as Corbett have no idea how capitalist economies work.

        "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

        by bontemps2012 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:18:47 AM PST

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        •  Corbett is not brain dead (1+ / 0-)
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          But his base is flatline, and it is to them he is beholden, The GOP/Tea Party base in PA loathes the Federal government, and anything even remotely suggesting a relationship to the President. This is a state that is deepest, deepest red except in the SW and SE corners, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro. But hell, I live in the latter, and I still see Rmoney 2012 signs (and Ron Paul 2008, 2012, and even 2016 now. Never give up, folks!), and in the boonies, much worse than that.

          In rural PA I see, constantly, signs like "Let's put the white back in the White House," "Nigger President (with a big red no symbol across it)," other variations of the no symbol theme, with NO- Kenyens [sic], Niggers, Mooslims [sic], and any other vile and racist thing you can think of; Confederate flags adorn many vehicles (usually trucks, with the transparent back window sticker being the most popular,) bumper stickers, and wee flags waving from antennae.

          This state is just as backwoods backwards as any deep red Southern state, and I believe its people hate being lumped into the "liberal Northeast."

          There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the Republicans no matter what. Our job is not to worry about those people.

          by xenothaulus on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:53:20 AM PST

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    •  People will eventually realize (1+ / 0-)
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      that this is what you get when you vote rethuglican, won't they?

    •  never should have been voted in (2+ / 0-)
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      people in PA need to get off the dime. they don't vote, they bring it upon themselves.

      not sure when people will get the msg that all elections matter but long overdue that they do.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:01:48 PM PST

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  •  For an increase in 1% of the state budget... (11+ / 0-)

    ... Pennsylvania ( $28.4 billion/year) could insure 542,000 more people.  This would probably save thousands of lives over 10 years.  And it would probably save money spent in emergency care room healthcare.

    So to spite Obama he kills people.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:13:01 PM PST

    •  Math Problem? (2+ / 0-)
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      Since when is 1% dramatic and unsustainable?

      I'm a bit confused about the diary, though -- does this mean that the Federal government pays the $38 billion as its share and the state has to pick up a few additional percent of the bill on top?

      This sounds like a pretty good bargain to me for the amount of additional coverage the state obtains.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:25:18 PM PST

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      •  That's $38 billion (4+ / 0-)
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        over ten years. After 2016, the share that the feds pay gradually decreases, starting at 95 percent in 2017.

        "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

        by Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:46:19 PM PST

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        •  Joan, Dear Heart... (0+ / 0-)

          look up a few to the "multiplier effect" and taxation comment.

          Spending the $37.8-billion in PA more than increases state revenues enough to pay for the increase to the state's Medicare contribution.

          Over two years and beyond, way more.

          These Tea Party John Birch Society GOPers have pseudo-religious fantasies that they call "Austrian Economics" in place of what the rest of us call Economics.

          There's a link there to a page for high school AP Economics that explains the multiplier effect.

          Hopefully even Corbett understands the concept of "taxes."

          "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

          by bontemps2012 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:25:13 AM PST

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    •  too bad PA voters elected him... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...people need to wake up. If I were one of those 500,000 + I would be pissed as hell.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:03:15 PM PST

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  •  The gauntlet has been thrown. (1+ / 0-)
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    The question is how many will follow him.  

  •  I've had about all I can take of this pinhead. (4+ / 0-)

    He's doing such damage. He wants to privatize everything in our state, cut/cut/cut all programs which work and directly benefit our citizens, deny our state needed infrastructure work -- all while subsidizing corporations by giving them unneeded tax breaks. Talk about transfer of wealth. Now he's all for actually letting our citizens die from lack of health care coverage/access, even though the feds are covering nearly all the cost. Then there's the vote rigging....


    "We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests." FDR, 1/6/41

    by Kim from Pgh PA on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:30:40 PM PST

    •  seriously.... (1+ / 0-)
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      how did PA voters elect him?????

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:03:57 PM PST

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      •  Here's what I remember... (0+ / 0-)

        A few years ago the state legislators voted themselves a pretty big pay raise. Folks throughout the state were livid. Talk radio - both sides - went nuts. At the same time Corbett was appointed to fill an Attorney Gen. spot, replacing one who went to jail for corruption. Corbett made headlines going after legislators (mostly Dems) for using state resources for campaigns. He made a name for himself going after the folks everyone hated. He ran for governor against a Dem from Allegheny County with absolutely zero name recognition outside of Pittsburgh. The Dem did not run a good campaign and so ... the rest is dark, dark history.

  •  We have to make sure we get the right (4+ / 0-)
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    candidate next year.  Corbett is beatable, and could be beaten easily, with the right candidate.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 02:41:17 PM PST

  •  He lays off public employees, (3+ / 0-)
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    renzo capetti, ImABlondOK, tobendaro

    tries to steer education funds unconstitutionally to private schools, ends public assistance funding for childless adults, wants to privatize roads and a very successful lottery, and plans to raise gas taxes. That's just some of what he and his GOP buddies have engineered.

    He's dragged his feet on taxing his gas drilling buddies to the point that a decent extraction tax will not exist until maybe the gas is all gone. Our so-called impact tax is a poor imitation. Fully two thirds of state forest lands have been leased for drilling, and that doesn't even include miles and miles of pipelines and other industrial infrastructure planned to take the place of our beautiful Penn's Woods and all its wildlife.

    And local taxes just keep rising to make up for the taxes that aren't being paid by the wealthy and corporations. Taxes on people on fixed incomes; PA has the second highest population of elderly people in the U.S.

    But Corbett will grant a $1.67 billion tax break to entice a Shell methane cracker plant to locate here in PA. All for big business, all the time.

    •  I'm okay with the gas tax going up (1+ / 0-)
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      (which it isn't---the oil company franchise tax cap is being phased out. this has been recommended since the 90s. yes, it probably will get passed on to everyone else.)

      PA's public transportation infrastructure sucks. We're not even keeping up with maintenence.

      relax relate release

      by terrypinder on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:03:29 AM PST

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    •  Typical Bircher. (0+ / 0-)

      More 1959, reflecting anti-Roosevelt hatreds from the 1930s, than 2013.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:28:10 AM PST

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  •  Not his best move but (0+ / 0-)

    still say he wins re-election next year in a squeaker.

    On the other hand the pension changes planned for public employees is pretty dern huge. Most of my office voted for him. They weren't happy today.

    But at least this budget seems to have much less austerity than the last two.

    •  Not if people understand the stupidity of this. (0+ / 0-)

      How his numbers are incompetent, economically.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:29:28 AM PST

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  •  That money will go to Medicaid in other states. (1+ / 0-)
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    It will provide healthcare and jobs to other states.

  •  My god -- talk about politics over people (0+ / 0-)

    If he truly believes this is the right thing to do, why doesn't he just announce that he wants to end Pennsylvania's participation in Medicaid altogether?
    Strip 'em all of their horrible, "unsustainable" Medicaid -- let Pennsylvania's hospitals and nursing homes either provide massive additional amounts of free care to thousands and thousands of poor and elderly patients and residents, or simply empty 'em all out onto the sidewalks...

    It is difficult to conceive of a more profound violation of his oath of office.

  •  One of the first things Corbett did (1+ / 0-)
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    when he came into office was ended the Adult Basic health insurance program for the working poor, urging them to move into other plans that cost 3 times as much.  In the meantime, my daughter had been on the Adult Basic waiting list for 3 years.  Thanks to the ACA, we were able to put her back on our insurance but she'll be 26 this year.  I've been looking forward to 2014 for what seems like an awful long time now so that she could get insurance with the help of this Medicaid expansion, but I guess I'll just go ahead and give up.  Fuck it.  If she gets sick, she can walk away from the bill with my blessing, contrary to what I've always believed and taught her.  But in the meantime, she'll keep working and paying taxes along with everyone else that Corbett is screwing.

  •  This dick head is the worse (1+ / 0-)
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    thing that has happen to my state in the last 250 years. I  wonder how many of my fellow citizen have to suffer needlessly before this thing is gone once and for all from PA. I am trying to be nice here but with this pile of crap as governor that is hard to do.

  •  One term (0+ / 0-)

    Gov. Tom Corbett (R is scum.Most rethugs are ass holes.I didn't vote for him

  •  Seething (1+ / 0-)
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    I just read about this today. What a cruel, cruel, decision.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:16:02 AM PST

  •  These are beginning to sound like (1+ / 0-)
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    Republican Governor dumbs**t roll call.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:33:49 PM PST

  •  maybe he isn't going to run (0+ / 0-)

    This makes no sense,this will fire up a lot of voters to go out and vote who usually sit out non presidential years.

  •  Tom Corbett Space Cadet (0+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:05:30 PM PST

  •  Corbett is too busy trying to wash his hands of... (0+ / 0-)


    Why haven't we read anything more on THAT lately?

    Or, for that matter, Sandusky's close warm personal friendship with Frothy Lube Boy.

  •  It wouldn't just benefit the people (0+ / 0-)

    No matter how much he hates the poor, shouldn't he realize that hospitals and doctors would gain from the expansion, and that they have enough money to make campaign contributions?

    He's making an anti-business decision.

    •  He doesn't care (1+ / 0-)
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      If it's not benefitting him personally ($$$), he couldn't care less about it.

      (another reason I'm sick of people here whining that the GOP is "clueless...stupid...just don't get it".  They know EXACTLY what they're doing and who they're screwing over)

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