So Tom Corbett hasn’t even been in office for a week yet and he is already on his knees before the president like that little annoying kid in the grocery store begging his mom to buy the cereal with marshmallows. Just who is responsible for electing this child to such a high office anyway? I know I played no part in it, I spent the seven months before the general election campaigning for a Sam Rohrer write-in vote. I made a lot of people angry for taking such a strong stance against this Republican. They told me that Corbett was a conservative and I should support him, they told me I was extreme and out of line for calling him a, “Two-faced, neo-con, liberal, scumbag.” Well tell me this, would a true conservative beg the federal government to give the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a bailout check to help pay for existing programs that our state budget will not allow? I think not!
Just what am I talking about? Currently, Pennsylvania has a program known as Pennsylvania AdultBasic. It is a state run, taxpayer-funded health insurance program for over 41,000 low-income families living within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Basically this is a smaller state-level socialist program similar to the Obamacare plan that Republicans are trying to repeal in the House at this time.
As Attorney General Tom Corbett joined a group of State Attorneys General who threatened to sue the federal government should they pass a nationalized health care plan and mandate that every citizen buy health insurance. I warned the Pennsylvania voters who applauded Corbet’s stance saying that it was nothing more than a publicity stunt to earn more votes and that Corbett would not do a thing to stop Obamacare. Few believed me, most said that I was just trying to smear Corbett’s good name in order to help elect Sam Rohrer. I ask you now in hindsight to review the evidence and judge according as to who was right…
The Pennsylvania health insurance program has been criticized by state Democrats saying that the program is not big enough and it only provides, “bare-bone coverage” to those in need. They say that the program is not effective enough as it does not have enough revenue to fund better coverage.
Shortly after Obama passed the health care bill into law back in the springtime, then-Governor Ed Rendell wasted little time in setting up the groundwork for this by starting a program called Fair-Care which is another socialist option for the Pennsylvania AdultBasic program. Currently Rendell’s program has a cap of 3,500 people that it is allowed to insure. Now governor Tom Corbett is asking the federal government via the Department of Health and Human Services to funnel Pennsylvania more federal dollars so he can expand the program even more and insure more people than the program already allows.
This is the same bill he threatened to sue the feds for passing and now he is trying to expand it? It’s hypocrisy at the highest level! But the Tom Corbett camp is trying to justify the contradiction. His spokesman Kevin Harley was out yesterday saying that AG Corbett was threatening to sue because of the mandate in the bill that required everyone to buy health insurgence but,
“He never said that he opposed all of the elements of Obamacare. And unfortunately, the authors of Obamacare did not put in what’s known as a severability clause, which is if one part of the bill is found to be unconstitutional, the rest of it would be unconstitutional. They failed to do that when they wrote this bill.”
So it would appear that not only was I right that Corbett would not stand in the way of Obamacare, but he is now trying to expand it. Aren’t you glad we have a Republican governor in PA?