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By John Ostapkovich
HARRISBURG (CBS) – Governor Corbett is in the middle of a political firestorm over his pending decision on whether to accept an expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania and there’s pressure on both sides.
Governor Corbett nixed the expansion in his budget address, but has since offered some wiggle room, whether a suggested meeting with the Health and Human Services Secretary can guarantee federal funding.
Karen Davenport, of the National Women’s Law Center, a pro-expansion group, says, while it is possible funding could erode, it’s not likely.
“The state should be very confident that the way the Affordable Care Act is laid out, that that kind of money that is on the table from the federal government for the expansion of coverage in the Medicaid program is a solid deal,” says Davenport.
Conservatives have been arguing against the expansion, seen as critical to the success of Obamacare, and become furious that some Republican Governors, like New Jersey’s Christie, have okayed it.