Gov. Corbett has remained firm in his decision that Medicaid will not be expanded in Pennsylvania. Recently, he expanded on his reasoning and stated that the working poor (including pregnant women and breast cancer patients) should be "investing" in co-pays so that they understand that they can't keep "going and going and going" to the doctor and have their medical expenses covered.
What the governor fails to recognize is that because of the cost involved, many women have put off or sacrificed key prevention services like contraception, well-woman exams, and breast and cervical cancer screenings. This means costly emergency room visits and increases health care costs for everyone in the long-run.
Corbett would be better serving the citizens of Pennsylvania by moving forward with the expansion of Medicaid and ensuring that necessary, appropriate, and affordable health care is available to all citizens, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, or health history.
Furthermore, a recent poll indicates that 58 percent of Pennsylvanians support this expansion. I have many friends and family members who have already received life-saving care that would have been unavailable to them if the Affordable Care Act had not passed, and I am angered and disappointed in the governor's refusal to fully and justly protect the health of his constituency.