A few weeks ago it looked like Tom Corbett was not serious about getting CorbettCare approved by the Obama administration because he’d loaded it down with right-wing poison pills.
Now it looks like that’s not the case:
A letter from Gov. Tom Corbett to Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, says the governor wants to “move forward in good faith and work towards a reasonable compromise” on the matter. He is instead proposing a voluntary pilot program called “Encouraging Employment.”
No other state has a work requirement for its Medicaid program, and state officials had acknowledged it would be difficult to get the federal government to agree to such a condition for the low-income individuals the program serves.
Corbett administration officials disputed Thursday the idea they were dropping the requirement, however.
“This is not dropping anything,” said Jay Pagni, a spokesman for Mr. Corbett. “We’re willing to have an alternative so that this does not block the entire [Medicaid] waiver.”
This is just a “potential modification” but it looks to me like Team Corbett is trying in earnest to lock the nation’s fakest most right-wing Medicaid expansion alternative approved before PA voters put Corbett out to pasture this November.
If I were Kathleen Sebelius, I’d be reading the #PAGov polls and thinking to myself that we could go through this whole rigamarole just to approve the stingiest, weirdest health insurance expansion plan in America. Or we could just wait another 9 months and a Democratic Governor will just accept the federal Medicaid expansion dollars on Day 1.
(via Kate Giammarise)