Corbett’s Medicaid Inanity

Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania is steadfastly refusing to expand Medicaid in his state under the Affordable Care Act even though the federal government will pay for nearly all of it. And he claims that those who qualify for Medicaid without a co-pay — children, pregnant women, cancer patients — are mooches sucking up all the free healthcare.

“What I hear all the time coming out of the administration in Washington is that it’s the working poor [who benefit from Medicaid],” Corbett told WTAE, a local ABC affiliate, on Saturday. “Yes it is working, but you should be investing five, ten dollars in co-pay to understand that you go to to the hospital or the doctors, you just can’t keep going and going and going and think everything is going to be covered. You have to know that you have some interest in what’s going on.”

What world is he living in? Does he really think that children and pregnant women are just so excited to be going to the doctor for all those incredibly enjoyable medical procedures that they’re deliberately taking advantage of it because they don’t have a co-pay? This isn’t like offering free ice cream, for crying out loud. No one wants to go to the doctor. If they go, it’s because they need to.

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  • jaxkayaker

    Well, I kind of like the digital prostate exams.

  • Ellie

    I have a solution for Mr. Corbett regarding all those freeloading kiddies who aren’t coughing up the copays: Institute Mr. Swift’s Modest Proposal. I’m sure there are enough po’ folks in PA who would be happy to participate, and people like you….could enjoy lots of fresh meat.

  • F [is for fluvial]

    Maybe he knows two or three well-off families with good insurance who run their kids to the doctor every time they have a sniffle and is generalizing from there. Or, maybe he’s just pulling things out of his ass to infect others with his worldview, which is really nothing other than “fuck the poor”.

  • bybelknap

    Whenever I feel smug about assholes like Perry in Texas and wossname in Wisconsin, I just have to look at Harrisburg and see the shithead in chief of PA and the smugness goes away. How the hell did my fellow commonwealthers vote this assclown into office?

  • erk12

    I’m Canadian. When I tore my extensor tendon off the end of my finger last year, I was positively giddy about going to the Urgent Care Centre so I could stick it to those wealthy fat cats, and mooch me some free* health care. I had no thought at all about how I actually need that finger functioning in order to do my job. I laughed my ass off the whole time at all those hours of physio therapy too.

    *Universal health care sure isn’t free, I wish some people would stop calling it free.

  • I know I shouldn’t, but I always wish that bastards like these loose their money and then get some really vile disease.

  • lamacher

    @Ellie: perfect! Corbett is the prick who threw 30,000 kids out of Medicaid awhile back, and not a whimper out of my former associates, the Pa Medical Association. Of course, the PMA is hat and glove with the Republicans, so no protests here, nor for the huge cuts to public education. Ignorant children taste just as good as educated ones, so why waste Corbett’s money? He’d have less to give to his corporate sponsors.

  • Chiroptera

    “Poor” and “Medicaid” are rightwing code for “black people.” Hope that helps with understanding what he’s really saying.

  • dogmeat

    Actually we want people to go to the doctor more often. Preventative care is a hell of a lot less expensive than treating serious illnesses that could have been avoided. This dumbass, following his own logic, shouldn’t take his car in for oil changes because that’s spending too much money, he should wait until the engine blows and then replace it like a good financially responsible individual.

  • dingojack

    Lance is the PMA cape and spats with the PoG too? Enquiring minds…..



    Yes I agree with your post. it just shows how fucked-up healthcare is in the US.

    (Better here, but it’s a low. low bar to beat).

  • Chiroptera

    congrats, #5: Actually we want people to go to the doctor more often. Preventative care is a hell of a lot less expensive than treating serious illnesses that could have been avoided.

    Remember, these are the same people who went ballistic over the idea of requiring environmental standards on lightbulb that would also save people money.

  • Look, you, they’re trying to save money (for tax cuts!) any way they can, no matter how much it costs. That’s just common sense.

    They changed the sign on the way in to the state. “Pennsylvania: Penny wise, pound foolish”. True story.

  • Corbett has a long history of pulling stuff out of his ass to justify his regressive policies. A few months ago, he insisted there were plenty of jobs in PA. It’s just that employers can’t find anyone who can pass a drug test. Yeah, he said everyone who is unemployed is a drug user,

    Recent polls show him losing to “unnamed democrat” by ten points next year. I’m looking forward to seeing him start his new career as a Fox contributor in 2015.

  • anachronistes

    I am ashamed to say I voted for this jerk. I got help from his office when he was AG, I watched interviews with him when he was running for Gov, and I got the impression he was a reasonable, moderate Republican who cared about education in this state. He was the first (R) I’d voted for in a state or federal election.

    I will never vote Republican again. Even my (R) father and brother are disgusted with him.

    My apologies, fellow Commonwealthers.

  • Chiroptera

    congrats? I meant dogmeat.

    Man, I hate auto-correct!

  • I believe he is referring to those select plans that have doctor’s offices at Cedar Point and Six Flags.

  • steve84

    Preventive medical care and check ups – within reason – are actually cheaper than waiting for catastrophic illnesses to strike. Better to treat something in its early stages then when it’s chronic or out of control.

  • Synfandel

    People who lack sufficient medical insurance are FAR less likely to get the medical help they need. Here’s a little example from my own life.

    Years ago, I found out the hard way that I was extremely allergic to the stings of bees and related insects—so much so that I was technically dead for nearly a minute in the ER. I later saw an allergist and was put on a habituation treatment that consisted of two injections per month for five years. I asked the allergist what percentage of patients are effectively cured of the allergy in five years. He said that we didn’t have good data. Most of the studies were done in the U.S., where private medical benefits generally ran out after three years and consequently patients almost never completed the course of treatment.

    Because I live in the People’s Socialist Republic of Canada, my full five year treatment was covered by my public health insurance (i.e., our taxes) and I’m delighted to be able to say that bees are no longer lethal to me. The U.S. system, on the other hand, which I have no doubt costs its members much more, has cured almost no one of this particular health threat.

  • D. C. Sessions

    And he claims that those who qualify for Medicaid without a co-pay — children, pregnant women, cancer patients — are mooches sucking up all the free healthcare.

    He’s got a point there. A friend of mine just keeps going around for chemo again and again.

  • John Hinkle

    Gee, I wonder what kind of health care plan the governor has, and who pays for it. Who again is the moocher?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Preventive care may save money in the short run, but in the long run it’s a major loser due to Social Security and Medicare.

  • exdrone

    Yes, in Canada, without co-pay, we have drive-throughs at hospitals for people with sniffles. Families spend their vacations in the hospital because the opportunity to exploit the system is so irresistible. Old people even retire in hospital rooms in case they get indigestion in the middle of the night. In fact, I go in for manicures, claiming that hangnails are a health hazard. What the hell, it’s not my money. Yee-haw!

  • =8)-DX

    No one wants to go to the doctor. If they go, it’s because they need to.

    Not in the US, but in places with Universal Healthcare one does actually get groups of people who go to the doctor’s more often than necessary. We have a successful mandatory regulatory payment for every doctor’s visit or prescription (about a dollar and a half) that has reduced waiting times in doctor’s offices here (CZ).

  • dan4

    @8: “…what he’s really saying.”

    Chiroptera, mind reader of the governor of Pennsylvania (*rolls eyes*).

  • dingojack

    Dan – Oh now I understand! You haven’t got treatment for your Asperger’s because you can’t afford it.

    It all makes sense now.



  • cry4turtles

    I’m already exercising my vote finger for this emeffer. I worry though, will the damage be undoable?

  • dan4

    @25: Dingojack the dolt, unable to tell me what’s wrong with my comment @24.