by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 2/6/13
This was fairly big news today: PA Governor Corbett lost another one in court, at least for now. As the Inquirer’s Amy Worden describes it in “Pa. court: Reinstate health-care funding for the poor,” 3/6/13:
A state judge has ordered the Corbett administration to reinstate funding for programs that provided health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians.
In his ruling Tuesday, Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini found that two statutes that stripped money from the adultBasic and Medicaid programs were unconstitutional because they diverted money from the federal tobacco settlement to finance items other than health care in the general budget….
Good for Judge Pellegrini! I say this for two reasons:
1) I believe that the working poor deserve the state’s help in getting health insurance and health care, since their employer is not helping.
On November 5, 2012, I posted “AdultBasic and the 41,000 Pennsylvanians who lost health insurance in 2011,” an interview with José Parra, a resident of Phoenixville who was deprived of adultBasic coverage. Sad to say, his employer is a community college, which pays him too little to pay for health insurance and does not give him coverage….
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