Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) is one of 25 governors who refuses to accept the expansion of Medicaid in his state via Obamacare, even though the US government pays for the first three years and 90 percent until 2022.
Gov. Corbett, who gets health care coverage through his state government position, attended a $1,000 a plate luncheon for the Chamber of Commerce yesterday.
When the governor exited the luncheon, he was questioned Scot Rosenzweig, who uses a wheelchair (video below), notes SEUI.org, the website of the Service Employees International Union.
Rosenzweig showed Gov. Corbett a picture of his late fiancee Dina Nelson, who died on Dec. 16, 2013 because she did not have insurance and could not afford to pay for a liver transplant.
"You're trying to work on the Healthy PA initiative, and understand, I am a Republican," stated Rosenzweig. "I think maybe we should consider accepting the Medicaid expansion while we work on fixing the problem."
"I can't do that," replied Gov. Corbett. "I can't do both. It's one or the other."
"We can't get rid of it after?" asked Rosenzweig. "How many people have to die while we work on the problems?"
Instead of expanding Medicaid immediately with a stroke of his pen, Gov. Corbett is trying to get US government approval of his “Healthy Pennsylvania” plan, which would provide subsidies for poor Pennsylvanians to buy health insurance, which will only work if the health plans are fully covered by the subsidies.
Gov. Corbett told Rosenzweig that he hoped that “Healthy Pennsylvania” would be approved before the end of the year.
“If Dina had access to good, preventative healthcare services when she needed it, her life would have been saved,” Rosenzweig told SunGazette.com. “Governor Corbett needs to hear more stories like Dina’s about the real impact of his decision to delay Medicaid expansion. How many lives lost are enough?”