Inquirer Editorial: Expanding Medicaid is the smart thing to do

June 25, 2013 10:18 AM

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Inquirer Editorial: Expanding Medicaid is the smart thing to do

Corbett has moved a step off his longtime refusal to opt in on Medicaid, raising the prospect that he might seek Washington's OK to use federal funds to subsidize private health plans for the uninsured. Meanwhile, the governor's assertion that the state might not be able to afford its share of the expansion's cost looks more and more like an ideological straitjacket in the face of one expert study after another.

Those studies show that, in addition to covering the uninsured - most of whom come from families with a full-time worker, and who include 47,000 veterans - the expansion, funded entirely with federal tax dollars for the first three years, would create 35,000 to 45,000 new jobs that have an average s...

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