PA DEMS Statement on Tom Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion Rejection
As Tom Corbett looks to formalize his decision to reject Medicaid expansion, we should remember the people desperate for medical care that will not receive it because Tom Corbett decided to play politics.
Instead of accepting $1.6 billion in federal Medicaid dollars, adding $2.8 billion in related economic impact to Pennsylvania’s economy, and adding 30,000 new jobs, Tom Corbett has proposed Corbettcare.
Corbettcare is an out-of-touch health care plan that focuses more on playing politics than providing quality, affordable health insurance to all Pennsylvanians. Corbett’s proposal will reduce benefits, create obstacles, and increase costs for the the Commonwealth’s most-vulnerable. We’re not surprised considering Governor Corbett’s record on health care. He has kicked 90,000 children off of Medicaid, expelled 40,000 Pennsylvanians off of adultBasic, and slashed $84 million dollars from social services funding.
Tom Corbett’s is prioritizing his radical ideology over of the health of Pennsylvania citizens. They deserve better.
Yesterday’s PPP Poll is more bad news for Tom Corbett. Tom Corbett has sunk Pennsylvania to 45th in the nation in job creation, cut $1 billion from our schools and has repeatedly shown a lack of character and integrity by insulting Pennsylvanians of all walks of life.
"Another brutal poll today for Gov. Tom Corbett: Public Policy Polling finds his approval ratings are underwater with voters in his own party, he would lose reelection to any of the main Democrats seeking to oppose him next year." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Gov. Tom Corbett may be the most unpopular governor in the nation and would lose to seven announced Democratic challengers if the gubernatorial election were conducted today, a new Public Policy Polling survey has found." Patriot-News
"Gov. Tom Corbett has had disappointing public approval numbers for months, and a new poll offers no relief." - Reading Eagle
"The latest release from Democratic-leaning PPP on Tuesday indicated that Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett is the most unpopular governor in the country, a fitting capper to what’s been a year of dismal polling for the Republican.” - Talking Points Memo
"Pennsylvania GOP Gov. Tom Corbett has been in trouble all year, and a new poll outTuesday suggests he’s trailing even the unknown Democratic candidates by double digits….Corbett has been viewed as arguably the most vulnerable incumbent governor in 2014 and tops national Democrats’ list of targets for next year.” - Politico
Today’s jobs numbers reflect the poor policy decisions of Governor Corbett and the very real effects they have had on the middle class families of Pennsylvania. When Tom Corbett took office, Pennsylvania was 7th in the nation in job creation. Now, we’re 43rd. Our economy is stagnant and our unemployment rate is above the national average. The labor force has fallen by 41,000 people indicating that people are not hopeful that Tom Corbett’s leadership will be able to create quality, family sustaining jobs. Pennsylvanians deserve a leader who is committed to growing our economy with fact-based, commonsense ideas.
We are pleased that Democrats and Republicans could join together to address Pennsylvania’s necessary transportation funding needs with a bipartisan and comprehensive bill. However, it is clear that Governor Corbett will put his rigid ideology ahead of telling the truth to the citizens of Pennsylvania.
Governor Corbett will continue to campaign on the slogan, “More Jobs, Less Taxes” and “Promises Kept.” Yet when he signs the transportation bill next week, he will be signing a bill that breaks one of his most touted promises by increasing taxes. Unsurprisingly, Tom Corbett’s reelection campaign will be run on distortions and flat-out falsehoods because his lackluster governing record is not strong enough to run on the truth.
AP: “Corbett vowed not to raise taxes, including motorist fees, during his campaign for the governorship, but during the Capitol news conference said simply that he did not agree that the transportation bill broke those promises. He said there was no way to predict how much of the increase would be passed along to consumers. ‘Will they pass some of that along? Yes,’ he said.”
Patriot-News: “In a rare admission of policy evolution, Corbett also acknowledged that the dire conditions of the commonwealth’s infrastructure prompted him to look past his aversion to new taxes to fund the needed repairs. But he argued that he had not gone back on his no-new-tax pledge.”
WATCH: Tom Corbett’s Not-So-Welcome Campaign Kick-Off
These past two weeks, Tom Corbett has been traveling the Commonwealth kicking off his reelection campaign. Unfortunately for him, he was not well received by Pennsylvania citizens angered at his disastrous cuts to education, trampling of the middle class, and his policies that are out-of-touch with Pennsylvania. Tom Corbett claims he’s not a typical politician, but Pennsylvanians know better. Though it’s true he does not have the leadership ability and bipartisan brokering skills as most politicians, he also has the reputation of putting special interests above people and raking in gifts from lobbyists and businesses before the state. Pennsylvanians will not stand for another four years of Tom Corbett’s failed administration.
Advocates for abortion rights scored a victory this week as the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling striking down a major abortion regulation from Oklahoma. The state was trying to require women seeking the procedure to undergo an ultrasound and hear about the fetus’ size and possible heartbeat.
If the law sounds familiar, that’s because it’s similar to legislation introduced in Pennsylvania in 2012. That bill prompted Gov. Tom Corbett to advise pregnant women making the heart-wrenching decision to terminate their pregnancies that “you just have to close your eyes” if they did not wish to view an ultrasound image of the fetus.