Monday, January 26, 2015

Schwartz calls Wolf "vague" on Obamacare support

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz just accused her fellow Democrats in the May 20 primary election for governor of being "vague" in their support for the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.
Schwartz was speaking mostly about front-runner Tom Wolf, a former state revenue secretary, who told the York Daily Record last month that the law is "step in the right direction."

Schwartz calls Wolf "vague" on Obamacare support

U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz called businessman Tom Wolf "vague" in his support of the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. (File photos)
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz called businessman Tom Wolf "vague" in his support of the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. (File photos)

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz just accused her fellow Democrats in the May 20 primary election for governor of being "vague" in their support for the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.

Schwartz was speaking to reporters mostly about front-runner Tom Wolf, a former state revenue secretary, who told the York Daily Record last month that the law is "step in the right direction."

"Particularly, I think Tom Wolf has been evasive about expressing support for the law," said Schwartz, who this week started running a campaign ad on television, touting her role in helping to craft the legislation.

Schwartz acknowledged to reporters that she has attempted to undo what many see as key components of Obamacare, a medical device tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

"The basic concept, the big ideas in this legislation, I embrace completely," she said.

Wolf's campaign web site offers plenty of support for the Affordable Care Act.

All of the Democrats in the race, including state Treasurer Rob McCord and former Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty, have expressed support for Obamacare and for the state to expand Medicaid here to extend health insurance to an estimated 500,000 uninsured people.

UPDATE, 3:40 pm: Wolf spokesman Mark Nicastre responds: “Tom’s record in support of the Affordable Care Act has been clear and unambiguous. It’s unfortunate and disappointing that Allyson Schwartz would play politics on this given her own record of zig zagging.”

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