Unbeknownst to most people, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare goes much deeper than what you hear on the news. Its more than just an affordable option, or debates over keeping plans you like. There are provisions that aren’t discussed publicly but benefit millions of people. For example, one provision is young adults being able to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26. Although that provision did get coverage in the media, there is another side to it that was never discussed. Which is youth who “aged out” of foster care and don’t have parents and therefore can’t be on their insurance are enrolled in Medicaid until age 26. However, Governor Corbett is seeking to end that through his plan “Healthy Pennsylvania “.
“Healthy Pennsylvania” is Corbett’s version of Medicaid expansion. It’s a waiver request to the federal government seeking permission essentially to force Medicaid recipients to have a private insurance plan, with premiums and all. And if said recipients only work part time, or were working full time but had their hours cut, they are mandated to enroll in job training to, and I quote “encourage low income, able bodied Pennsylvanians to move out of poverty” Because, you know being poor is a choice.
To be fair, the plan does not specially target youth but rather anyone between the ages of 21 and 65. In fact anyone under 21 or with certain disabilities are exempt. The biggest problem with this is that with the recent Fostering Connections Act, youth who age out of care on or before their 18th birthday can re enter care or instead of leaving stay in care until they are 21. Which means these youth, who have already overcome unbelievable obstacles so early in their lives, who are now trying to be successful adults now have this being thrown at them. I know full well that life isn’t fair, but talk about kicking someone after they’re down.
My biggest problem with this so-called plan however, is the audacity of the Corbett Administration basically asking the federal government to do the exact opposite of what the law dictates. Love it or hate it, the entire philosophy behind “Obamacare” is to provide healthcare to people who cannot afford private insurance. But what Corbett’s plan says if you read it carefully is ‘oh you want don’t want private insurance because its too expensive? Well, here have it anyway’ (of course that’s not a direct quote, just my summary of the plan). It’s wrong, corrupt and dangerous. Not only does it hurt way more people than it helps, but it completely removes any choice in the matter. And that ladies and gentlemen, goes against everything our great nation stands for.
To review the plan yourself please visit: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/healthypa/ and click on the Healthy PA 1115 Waiver Application PDF
To sign the petition fighting this plan please visit: https://secure3.convio.net/ppc/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=5694E07D065CFCB2A7C46F33DFFEEAA2.app365b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=699