Schwartz Issues Statement on Corbett’s Health Care Decision

Pennsylvania will not be setting up its own healthcare exchanges as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The responsibility for the exchange now falls back to the federal government.


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said in a Dec. 12 press release that he “decided not to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange at this time.” He continued, “However, we will continue to seek guidance from HHS on the costs, impacts and flexibility involved in the different options for Medicaid expansion.”

See the entire press release here, and read his letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the pdf section of this post.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-13, responded with the following statement:

Governor Corbett's decision not to accept the authority to develop and operate a state ‘exchange’ marketplace of private health coverage for individuals and small businesses is a failure of leadership and vision. It is a lost opportunity for the Commonwealth to demonstrate leadership and innovation in affordability and accessibility in the insurance marketplace. And, it fails to build on Pennsylvania’s strong history as a pioneer in the development and successful implementation of private-public partnerships in health insurance coverage for children and adults.  

Pennsylvania's Children’s Health Insurance Program was one of the first state initiatives in the nation that was used five years later as a model for the federal efforts that now offer affordable coverage for 11 million children in the country. As a State Senator who fought hard for the creation of CHIP and more recently as a Member of Congress who fought for expansion of coverage at the federal level, I have seen the positive outcomes for millions of children and their working parents. AdultBasic, started with dollars from the settlement with the tobacco industry, was also a public-private initiative that successfully offered coverage to thousands of lower income middle class adults in Pennsylvania. Governor Corbett ended this program using the funds to cover budget shortfalls, leaving many in Pennsylvania uninsured. 

The federal government will now take the responsibility to establish an exchange for Pennsylvania so that our residents will have access to affordable, meaningful coverage. The Governor's decision has denied Pennsylvania the chance to lead in coverage and affordability and to design a model that works best for the state and our particular insurance and delivery preferences.  

Health coverage and cost are major issues for Pennsylvania families and businesses. While there are unanswered questions, as there are with all new ventures, the Governor's decision demonstrates the low priority he has given to the serious challenge of affordable, accessible health coverage for our citizens.



Michael Curtis Sr December 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM
If anyone who voted for Schwartz or Obama " ever " read Obamacare ( all 1900 pages, I have ) would see for themself that their costs are going to RISE. More money out of their pockets, their income wages dropping. A review board to tell them who and what meds they can and can't get. Not to talk about the operations the review board may or may not let them have. WHEN will the U.S.Congress drop their U.S. TAXPAYER paid medical plan and be on the same plan. When Hell FREEZES OVER !! If it is so good for the rest of America then it is good for the U.S.Congress. We all know that the U.S. Congress only works a few weeks out of the year anyway and make between 178,000 to 225,000 a year plus medical. ( Congress Website ) I support Governor Corbett taking a stand against forced insurance. tell the feds, you want it, you set it up and run it. They will mess it up like they do everything else.
Geno P December 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM
WOW! what a bunch of pompous haters and sore losers you all are. You would rather feed a bloated and greedy insurance industry inspite of the constantly rising premiums because of your hatred of one man rather than support a program that will eventually benifit all Americans! but you think of yourself as patriotic. REALLY??!!
Geno P December 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
...how narrow is you mind?
Victor B. Krievins December 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Greetings from Hawaii. having a great time. thank you us taxpayer. a post card from the president.
Tim Lewis December 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM
How small is yours? Obamacare did exactly that - fed bloated insurance companies and froze out the smaller ones. And where did you ever get the idea that Obamacare does anything - at all - to lower premiums? You would rather hand over your health decisions to the government because of your blind ignorance based on devotion to one man rather than support real reform that would control costs and make healthcare affordable for everyone. - but you think of yourself as patriotic - Really?!
ed ziv December 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Real reform ? The only reform that will work for all and will control costs is the single payer system.Some of you will say that that is socialism or european centric.That may be,but the system works...not perfectly,but it works for everyone. The gov't already has a single payer structure with the Veterans Administration and the current Medicare system is a single payer program. Does this type of system restrain rampant capitalism ? Of Course..Does it hold down costs ? Eventually it does. Does it mean long waits to see a doctor or get some types of surgery ? Absolutely.. Remember, in all countries that have a single payer system, you can still pay if you want to go private. Will taxes go up ? You bet they will, but that's part of living in a so called civilized society.
mfrancis December 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
With who, you Victor?
Joseph Finnick December 14, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Obama didn't leave yet. Actually, he said he would wait until the fiscal cliff issue was solved.
Harry December 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
LOL....haters?....because some one disagrees with you, you label them a hater?....and then call people names?....LMAO....losers?....your simple, intellectually vapid post tells every reader on this page every thing they need to know about you....to better present your argument, post some related numbers, or known and verifiable information....possibly even a trusted study....my guess though, is that you cannot, because your statement is incongruous to what the American public was told by millionaire Schwartz and the socialist in the WH....but your narrow mind cannot fathom this....
Marc Lombardi December 14, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Joseph: Please. Don't let the truth ruin a good "joke" from Victor. He has so few of them.
Victor B. Krievins December 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
It would be very unfair for me to debate Schwartz as I know the Issues, would appear for the debate and actually know where Abington is.
Victor B. Krievins December 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The only real loser in the last election is the United States,
Victor B. Krievins December 14, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Lombardi, I would say I was sorry to see that you are no longer on Abington News and views but I am not and either is anyone else except you.
Marc Lombardi December 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Victor: The is no more AN&V due to Tom's retirement. But I appreciate your attempt at a tongue-in-cheek dig, That's like saying you're sorry that Paul Arizin is no longer on the Philadelphia Warriors. You know, considering there isn't a Philadelphia Warriors team anymore. I'd say to not quit your day job, but that would assume you actually have one.
Victor B. Krievins December 14, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Lombardi, you are quick to correct typos and grammar of others. look at your own. regarding my employment, if you knew 1/2 of what you think, you would know that i am unable to work because i suffered a stroke.
Marc Lombardi December 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
You have my deepest, most sincere wishes for a speedy recovery. Our differences aside, I empathize for you regarding your stroke and apologize if my comment offended you.
Victor B. Krievins December 14, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I would not even wish a stroke on anyone. not even the child molesters i have put behind bars. by the way, apology accepted.
Marc Lombardi December 14, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I appreciate that. My father passed away from a sudden stroke in 2003. I've donated every year to American Stroke Association.
Victor B. Krievins December 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM
My mom and did each died from strokes. i certainly understand.
Geno P December 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Victor et al...we as a nation are not going backward! The Supreme Court has ruled, the electorate has chosen and we will move forward. Those of us that can think in a forward direction do not wish to go back to the 19th century. The nation no longer looks like you nor does it choose to live your idea of the world. We are progressive (read progress) we have grown and we have developed. We choose to live in a world where the health care of our children is guaranteed not controlled with pre-existing conditions and cap limits. I get it...taking care of a fellow human being is something that is difficult for you to comprehend. Fortunatly a majority of the electorate feels differently. The nation elected the best candidate because the other side could only offer a 'clown-car' collection of fools with draconian ideas of governing. The nation won. The real losers are those that remain blind to that fact!!!
Victor B. Krievins December 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I am deeply involved in charitable work and so with pride. god bless the usa!
waldo von erich December 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Rep. Allyson Schwartz, as i read all the obama care comments and that we now as employers forced into socialized heath care , i was just recently invloved in a car crash where the other driver was totally at fault , he has NO AUTO INSURANCE. WHY IS IT NOT a forced issue to make sure all drivers or car have insurance for the whole country just like heath care .This driver could have easily killed my family or crippled me or another family member. if you support obama care , why dont you support mandated auto insurance .?
waldo von erich December 17, 2012 at 01:18 PM
the posting i just left ,disclaimer this is not a negative comment , just a question of general interest
Marc Lombardi December 17, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Waldo: Not sure if you are aware or not but EVERY state except New Hampshire requires drivers have car insurance. So there IS a mandate for car insurance. Maybe not the same insurance for everyone, but it's mandatory. Some people choose to forego insurance anyway and when something like this accident you had happens then people like you and me are out of luck. I hope that this helps clarify the reasoning behind mandatory health insurance -- so that those who choose not to get any for their own reasons do not become a burden on those who do the right thing.
Victor B. Krievins December 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Marc: You are correct. In addition, I urge every citizen of Abington to urge their commissioner to support "Live Stop". This program enables Police to impound any car stopped without proper insurance, registration etc. I have been the victim of un insured drivers twice in Abington. One driver had no License, No Inspection, No Rehostration and NO Insurance. The day after his accident with me, I caught him driving again!
Victor B. Krievins December 17, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Marc: You are correct. In addition, I urge every citizen of Abington to urge their commissioner to support "Live Stop". This program enables Police to impound any car stopped without proper insurance, registration etc. I have been the victim of un insured drivers twice in Abington. One driver had no License, No Inspection, No Registration and NO Insurance. The day after his accident with me, I caught him driving again!
Geno P December 17, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Just a question...how does it become socialism to demand that people act in a responsible way and purchase their own health insurance rather than to expect the rest of us to pay for their care when they show up at a hospital ER without insurance??? Seems that those of you that are always whispering about the 'takers' would be knocking each other out of the way to get on the bandwagon with this plan of self-responsibility. As for the comment about employers being forced to provide 'socialized health care' to your employees...do what you do whenever any of your other operating expenses rise. We know that you wont take a paycut, so... Maybe if you treated your employees with the dignity of basic health care, you would find that they become happy and loyal to you!
waldo von erich December 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
marc, yes the law requires auto insurance, but i was able to find out that about 7 out 10 cars in the philly metro area dont have any insurance . yet when you go to get your car state inspected or registration renewal you must have proof of insurance. i just found out that the guy who hit me , was in several accidents with with no insurance and no drivers license ..... so this leads me to my questions for our Rep. Allyson Schwartz will their me a mandate for car insurance , just like heath care insurance?
Victor B. Krievins December 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Waldo contact me and i will help you no charge
Victor B. Krievins December 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Abingtonjjudge@aol.com. Waldo


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