Jennifer Branstetter, Gov. Corbett’s director of policy, insists it is Medicaid “reform” and not simply an expansion of Medicaid.
The hearing was originally scheduled for the morning, but interest in the hearings has been high and registration filled so quickly that the department added an afternoon session. And that filled up, too.
Five democratic candidates for governor spoke to nearly a thousand people Saturday night at Temple University.
Corbett administration officials say they are bolstered by news that the Obama administration has approved Arkansas’ private-option alternative for expanding Medicaid.
Chris reviews the details of the Washington Navy Yard shooting and President Obama’s response. He also discusses New Jersey using Hurricane Sandy relief money to clear debris following the Seaside Park fire and Governor Corbett’s Medicaid expansion plan. He talks to Dick Yuengling from the Yuengling Brewery and State Representative Daryl Metcalfe.
The state Senate inserted Medicaid expansion language into the state welfare code, part of the package of bills to enact the budget, but the House removed it.
The state senate favors expanding Medicaid, as provided for under the Affordable Care Act, while House Republicans do not.
The House back in March passed a liquor privatization bill and now the concept has cleared a major hurdle in the Senate, in the form of an amendment to the House bill passed early Saturday morning.
Thursday was another day characterized more by what didn’t happen as opposed to what did.
“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.
Chris discusses the dismissal of some charges in the trial against Kermit Gosnell, Pat Toomey’s response to the delays caused by FAA furloughs, Pennsylvania Democrats efforts to get Governor Tom Corbett to accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and the reported motivation of the Boston Marathon bombers. He also talks to J.D. Mullane from the Bucks County Courier-Times.
The Pennsylvania Hospital Association is trying to persuade Governor Corbett to expand Medicaid in the state with an argument they hope will appeal to him, the economic development advantages of the program.
Chris assesses New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision to accept the medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act. He talks to John Hayward from Human Events about sequester cuts and CPAC, CBS 3’s Walt Hunter about the acquittal of former police officer Jonathan Josey, and Tom McGrath from Philadelphia Magazine.