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]
In 2009, an Icarus-like Barack Obama with artificially high approval ratings demanded fealty from Congressional Democrats toward his ultra-partisan agenda.
From his trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending to “Cash for Clunkers” to ObamaCare, the Obama White House breezily dismissed centrist Democrats’ trepidation and pleas for greater moderation. Just sixteen years earlier, American voters had recoiled so dramatically from Bill Clinton’s similar overreach that they elected a Republican House and Senate majority for the first time since 1954.
"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