PA Governor Calls Medicaid Expansion Unaffordable

You can't spend what you don't have


HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett said that expanding Medicaid in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would cost the state millions of dollars that it doesn't have.

"I don't think there's any way we can absorb this," Corbett said of the expansion costs, while speaking to the Pennsylvania Press Club Monday afternoon.

As multiple states make their announcements on whether or not to expand Medicaid to more residents, Pennsylvania has yet to come out one way or the other. But Corbett was specific in citing associated costs, adding that Pennsylvania may not have room in the budget to cover them.