Pennsylvania Governor Says Yes to ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion
After years of rebuffing calls to participate in ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett is changing his mind.
While the announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, it doesn’t appear to be a total loss for fiscal conservatives. (Others may disagree, of course.)
According to the terms of the agreement between Gov. Corbett’s office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Pennsylvania won’t simply be expanding its Medicaid program. Instead, it will use the extra dollars made available under ObamaCare to pay for (i.e. subsidize) private health insurance plans for newly eligible state Medicaid beneficiaries.
The agreement stipulates that Corbett’s alternative is being allowed as a five-year “demonstration project,” meaning…[more]
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—James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent