All four Democratic candidates for governor said they think the Affordable Care Act will make the health care system generally better. They all support expanding Medicaid.
And here is what else they said:
State Treasurer Rob McCord:
The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect and it can certainly be amended and improved, but on the whole, it will help to improve the health insurance system by spreading the risk to a broader pool of people. It does many good things for the 1.4 million Pennsylvanians without health insurance coverage. As governor, I will accept Medicaid expansion because doing so means hundreds of million of dollars for the state and health care coverage for more than half a million people. Additionally, it should be noted Medicaid is far more efficient that most private health care plans, yet Gov. Corbett’s plan would cover fewer people because it requires them to purchase the more expensive private plans on the insurance exchange.
York County businessman Tom Wolf:
I will expand Medicaid but keep appropriate waivers, like the current one for CHIP.
Governor Corbett’s Healthy PA is just another move by his administration to direct taxpayer dollars to private companies at the expense of hardworking Pennsylvanians. His refusal to expand Medicaid has meant that thousands of Pennsylvanians cannot access health insurance, and instead Pennsylvania tax dollars are being used to improve health insurance in other states.
As governor, I will expand access to Medicaid, which will increase healthcare coverage to half-a-million hardworking Pennsylvanians, save the Commonwealth millions of dollars, and pump billions into the state’s economy.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz:
The Affordable Care Act was a landmark piece of legislation that I’m proud to have worked on with the President and leaders in Congress. Thanks to the ACA, children can no longer be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, and young adults under 26 have been able to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans. The law has brought many other benefits, and we need to work together to implement the law and make appropriate adjustments where needed. I would expand Medicaid right away — it is unacceptable to leave 500,000 Pennsylvanians without healthcare they could have already had.
Former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty:
As governor, I would immediately move to expand Medicaid because it is good for those in need of health coverage and it is good for the taxpayers. I would also move to create a Pennsylvania health care exchange that is the best fit for Pennsylvanians rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all exchange provided by the federal government.
Governor Corbett proposes a plan that includes more waiver requests than any other state in the nation. Those waivers would create a bureaucratic nightmare for the state agency that must administer his plan costing taxpayers even more. By expanding Medicaid, we will serve the greatest number of Pennsylvanians with the best coverage and at the lowest cost.
As governor, I will make sure that we are providing Pennsylvanians the opportunity to have access to affordable health care while also doing what is best for the taxpayer.
Montgomery County businessman Bob Guzzardi:
The Forgotten Taxpayer cannot afford these programs. They cost too much. If Pennsylvania is to be a place to grow productive, job creating businesses and a place to grow old, then spending, borrowing and taxes all have to be reduced. There are consequences to spending more than we can afford. “Free ice cream for everyone” is planning a fiscal disaster.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett did not complete our questionnaire. He has opposed the law.
The state seeks to use federal Medicaid dollars to subsidize commercial insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians. Just two other states have won approval for the type of alternative coverage plans Gov. Corbett wants to pursue.