Sunday, October 26, 2014
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A win for taxpayers, if by "win" you mean spending more money for fewer services and fewer new jobs

Pennsylvania rejects good health and federal dollars so that some Republicans can look good for talk radio.

A win for taxpayers, if by "win" you mean spending more money for fewer services and fewer new jobs

As feared, Pennsylvania lawmakers -- specifically, the Republicans in the state House -- have joined with Gov. Corbett in nixing the expansion of Medicaid to as many as 700,000 Pennsylvanians, a key component of the program we've all come to know and love as "Obamacare."

The only arguments for expanding Medicaid were that Washington was paying 100 percent, for the next three years and 90 percent after that -- for a program that would not only improve the quality of life and surely in some cases save lives among working-class Pennsylvanians, and that would create an estimated 40,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania because of the added health care that we'd be providing.

But the powerful argument against it -- which was....I dunno, maybe Washington doesn't really mean it when they say they'll pay for it, even if that's what it says in the law -- carried the day.

Let's be honest, because a handful of Tea Party Republicans want to make a vapid, talk-radio talking point about "Obamacare," some citizens will needlessly get sick and die.

Let's hope this thing isn't over.

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