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]
With ObamaCare’s enrollment season officially over, evidence is emerging that billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent funding waste, fraud and abuse.
American Commitment's Phil Kerpen over at The Federalist paints a financially gruesome picture of how much federal taxpayer money has been wasted by state-based ObamaCare exchanges since 2011.
Using grant data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Kerpen shows that of the $4.9 billion doled out to 37 states and the District of Columbia in seed money more than $1.2 billion can now be considered a failed…
"The White House appears to be moving full-speed ahead on an executive order that would provide widespread protection to illegal immigrants from deportation, Republicans -- and maybe some Democrats -- be damned. Those close to the process expect an order in the first few weeks of September -- and expect it, in the words of one immigration advocate, to be 'significant.' White House aides stress…[more]
—James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent