Count Pennsylvania among the states with no plans to make it easier for its residents to qualify for Medicaid – even though the federal government, through the much-maligned Obamacare, promises to foot most of the bill.
Look no further than the governor’s mansion, where Tom Corbett appears to have more conspiracy theories than the John Birch Society and its grandson, the tea party.
Corbett recently addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “America’s Small Business Summit,” and after Maine Governor Paul LePage finished telling the gathered about how he’s advising small business owners to screw the law (and their employees) and pay a fine rather than help their workers get health insurance, Corbett took to the podium and confessed that he goes along with the crackpots who think the whole Obamacare thing is a liberal plot to get businesses to push their employees into health insurance exchanges and make the whole thing so discouraging that the country will move into the single-payer health system that Republicans fear so much – sort of Medicare for everyone, except that non-seniors would pay premiums for their insurance.
Corbett – no relation to the character “Tom Corbett” played by Bill Bixby in the 1969-1972 sitcom The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (take brief nostalgia detour here) – apparently buys into this. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“I see the whole thing collapsing and, potentially, in the long run that may have been the plan,” Mr. Corbett told summit attendees Monday. “I’m a prosecutor. I believe in conspiracies.”
The inmates appear to be running the asylum in Pennsylvania. Maybe it’s a good thing Obamacare covers mental health services, too.
(More Pennsylvania political follies on Friday. Stay tuned.)