Northeast Times

Gubernatorial candidate criticizes Corbett’s Medicaid plan

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, is cri­ti­ciz­ing Gov. Tom Corbett’s Medi­caid plan.

Corbett an­nounced last week that he’d ac­cept Obama­care funds for Medi­caid, provided the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment al­lows him to re­quire able-bod­ied people to act­ively seek work and some re­cip­i­ents to have co-pays. The gov­ernor wants to use fed­er­al money to provide private cov­er­age to the work­ing poor.

Schwartz said 500,000 Pennsylvani­ans need Medi­caid cov­er­age now.

“It’s time for a dif­fer­ent ap­proach,” she said. “As gov­ernor, I would move for­ward with a com­mon-sense plan to en­sure ac­cess to af­ford­able qual­ity health cov­er­age to all Pennsylvani­ans by do­ing three things. One, Medi­caid ex­pan­sion that is ac­cess­ible for hard-work­ing Pennsylvani­ans; two, cre­at­ing a Pennsylvania-run health in­sur­ance pub­lic-private mar­ket­place; and three, work­ing to im­ple­ment de­liv­ery-sys­tem re­forms to bring down the cost for both con­sumers and tax­pay­ers.”

Corbett is fir­ing back at Schwartz and Demo­crat­ic state Sen. Jim Ferlo on en­ergy policy. Schwartz has pro­posed a tax of 5 per­cent on nat­ur­al gas drilling and wants to use the money to in­vest in edu­ca­tion and trans­port­a­tion. Ferlo wants a morator­i­um on nat­ur­al gas drilling.

Mike Bar­ley, Corbett’s cam­paign man­ager, said. “Un­for­tu­nately, our lib­er­al op­pon­ents like Allyson Schwartz have sub­scribed to an anti-en­ergy agenda with ex­treme pro­pos­als to raise taxes, in­crease reg­u­la­tions or just ban fur­ther nat­ur­al gas pro­duc­tion. They con­tin­ue to prove that they will side with their own rad­ic­al spe­cial in­terest friends over the people of Pennsylvania.”

••

Mean­while, the Pennsylvania State Coun­cil of Sheet Met­al Work­ers has en­dorsed Schwartz. Schwartz has sided with the uni­on on is­sues such as the right to or­gan­ize, se­cure re­tire­ment op­tions and a fair and liv­able wage.

“Of all the can­did­ates run­ning for gov­ernor, Allyson Schwartz is far and away the most ef­fect­ive ad­voc­ate for work­ing fam­il­ies across the state of Pennsylvania,” said War­ren Faust, busi­ness man­ager of Sheet Met­al Work­ers Loc­al 44 and re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary of the Pennsylvania State Coun­cil of Sheet Met­al Work­ers.

••

Con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate Mar­gol­ies and state Sen. An­thony Wil­li­ams, a likely Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for may­or in 2015, on Sunday at­ten­ded the Matry­oshka Fest­iv­al in Ben­s­alem.

When she pre­vi­ously served in Con­gress, Mar­gol­ies was a mem­ber of the Small Busi­ness Com­mit­tee.

“I’ve been listen­ing to this com­munity,” she said of Rus­si­an-Amer­ic­ans, “and I’d like to get fund­ing for small busi­nesses to cre­ate jobs and to build a com­munity cen­ter.”

The day in­cluded mu­sic, dan­cing, food, drink, games, crafts, a flea mar­ket, pony rides, Moon­bounces, face paint­ing and tat­toos for kids.

“This is a won­der­ful day,” Wil­li­ams said, “and we will work to cre­ate a com­munity cen­ter.” ••

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

comments powered by Disqus