We’re going to take a wee bit of credit for this one, since we were the first to ask about it publicly after CorbettCare was announced, and Wolf promised us first that he’d scrap CorbettCare and do the real Medicaid expansion.
Hundreds of other advocates and elected officials did the heavy lifting from there, getting Wolf to spend political capital on this early, but that public promise was the thing that everybody else was able to latch onto subsequently. “Keep your promise” is a much easier ask of a politician than asking them to commit to a whole new policy.
This is all just a longwinded way of saying that the time-honored issue advocacy tactic of securing campaign promises from candidates in primaries works because politicians do actually try to do the things they campaign on, despite what the cynics think.
And of course the guy who deserves the most credit is Tom Wolf. Securing campaign promises can only be an effective advocacy strategy if you’re working with politicians who ultimately, in their heart of hearts, want to do the right thing. It would’ve been easy to just let CorbettCare roll out as planned and saddle our blue state with the reddest fake Medicaid plan in the country, but Wolf cares about the outcome for real people and he knew the Corbett plan was dumb.