Tom Wolf is Keeping His Campaign Promise to Expand Real Medicaid

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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.

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3 Responses to Tom Wolf is Keeping His Campaign Promise to Expand Real Medicaid

  1. Tsuyoshi says:

    Good news for more than a few people I know that fell into the Medicaid-nonexpansion donut hole. Now I can stop recommending they move to New Jersey for health insurance.

  2. phillydem says:

    The infuriating this is how much money the state missed out on by taking medicaid expansion from the beginning. The state will get 1+ year of 100% federal reimbursement instead of 3 years. Think that wouldn’t have plugged a big hole in the budget?

  3. Tsuyoshi says:

    Yeah, the way they turned down free money helps to decipher some Republican vocabulary.

    “Fiscal conservative” means “Someone who hates poor people”

    “Deficit hawk” also means “Someone who hates poor people”

    “Cut wasteful government spending” means “Hurt poor people”

    “Pro-business” means “Anti-any business that might somehow help poor people”

    The Republican version of identity politics seems to be mostly about the identities they want to hurt.