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(PA) Governor: Pregnant Women, Breast Cancer Patients Are Free Health Care Moochers

Pennsylvania Republicans have decided against expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, arguing that covering more low-income residents would cost the state too much money. But last week, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) went a step further, telling a local news station that poor residents who are already enrolled in the program, including pregnant women and breast cancer patients, are receiving too much free care and should pay into the system.

“What I hear all the time coming out of the administration in Washington is that it’s the working poor [who benefit from Medicaid],” Corbett told WTAE, a local ABC affiliate, on Saturday. “Yes it is working, but you should be investing five, ten dollars in co-pay to understand that you go to to the hospital or the doctors, you just can’t keep going and going and going and think everything is going to be covered. You have to know that you have some interest in what’s going on.”

Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare website has a dedicated webpage to “Copayment Information for Medical Assistance Recipients,” which explains that while children, pregnant women, and breast cancer patients, among others, don’t pay the fees, many beneficiaries do contribute for the services they receive. Corbett appears to suggest that the exempt enrollees are abusing the free services and that everyone should pay more for health care.

In 2012, Corbett had to shelve a plan that would have required “thousands of families to help pay for Medicaid coverage for children with autism and other disabilities.”

by Anonymousreply 707/11/2013

Why aren't crowds with torches going after this evil piece of shit.

I hope he gets cancer that all his money and top notch insurance can't cure.

by Anonymousreply 107/09/2013


The thing about PA is, the Republican governors are all for "smaller government," while at the same time, the state government is always crawling farther and farther up your ass. More taxes, more regulations, it's unbelievable. Florida (my previous residence) was positively anarchical compared to the excessive amount of government here in PA!

The party of small government, indeed!

by Anonymousreply 207/09/2013

I hate Corbett

by Anonymousreply 307/09/2013

Perhaps he needs to give up his taxpayer funded health care.

by Anonymousreply 407/09/2013

Bitch is stealing my act.

by Anonymousreply 507/09/2013

Notice how he limits his criticism to women's health issues.

The American Taliban, people, that's what they are.

by Anonymousreply 607/10/2013

What can you expect from a guy who was DEEPLY involved with the Jerry Sandusky debacle?

by Anonymousreply 707/11/2013
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