HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Communications Director Megan Sweeney was curious about Allyson Schwartz’s half-hearted flip-flop on ObamaCare.
“Allyson Schwartz may have flip-flopped on ObamaCare as it applies to volunteer firefighters, but what does she think about its effect on Pennsylvania’s small business owners and children?,” Sweeney asked. “Allyson Schwartz’s ObamaCare will destroy small businesses and threaten the healthcare of the nearly 50,000 Pennsylvania children currently enrolled in the CHiP Program, but yet she has continued to defend this disastrous program.
“Is the same provision that hurts our volunteer firefighters acceptable for small business owners struggling to keep their small businesses afloat in the Obama economy? Does Allyson Schwartz feel comfortable placing the lives of nearly 50,000 Pennsylvania children in the hands of an Obama Administration that can’t even get a website to work? What other ‘unaffordable’ ObamaCare provisions are acceptable to Allyson Schwartz?
“It’s time for Allyson Schwartz to stop trying to pass the buck and take responsibility for her role in ObamaCare.”
Schwartz Admits that her ObamaCare Vote Puts Communities in Danger
According to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, “[r]equiring communities to provide health care benefits to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians may simply be unaffordable for many communities. This could create a dangerous situation, whereby communities are forced to eliminate critical volunteer positions, endangering the safety and welfare of their residents.” Her release also refers to ObamaCare as an unnecessary and potentially harmful health insurance burden.
ObamaCare Hurts Small Businesses
“Insurers have been warning for months that the Affordable Care Act will lead to premium increases for some small businesses —- it was part of their pitch to get employers to renew their old coverage early.”(David Nather, “Next Obamacare Crisis: Small-Business Costs?,” Politico, 12/17/13)
Under ObamaCare, Children Will Be Forced To Switch Their Health Care Plans
“Under Obamacare, Pennsylvania and other states that operate their own health-care programs for low-income children are required to transfer children into Medicaid by Jan. 1 if the family income is between 100 percent and 133 percent of poverty level. That equals $19,530 to $25,975 for a three-member household, which is the U.S. average…In Pennsylvania, that requirement would affect roughly 50,000 children ages 6 to 18 — or a little more than a quarter of all minors covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).” (Steve Esack, “Governor Tom Corbett to Feds: PA Will Not Move Poor Children From CHiP to Medicaid Under ObamaCare, Allentown Morning Call, December 12, 2013)