What’s at Stake: Health Care

Governor Tom Wolf has taken action to protect access to quality health care for all Pennsylvanians. He has:

  • Expanded Medicaid, giving an additional 720,000 Pennsylvanians the health care they need. including seniors in nursing homes and over 125,000 people who are suffering from substance use disorder.
  • Reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate to its lowest point in history at 5.6%, well below the national average of 8.8%.
  • Increased enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program by 20%.
  • Legalized medical marijuana, providing long overdue medical relief to patients with serious medical conditions such as cancer & multiple sclerosis.
  • Made Pennsylvania a national leader in fighting the opioid epidemic.
  • Stood in the way of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and destroy Medicaid, charge seniors more for their care, and strip protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Assured Pennsylvanians that he would veto the Republican bill that would ban abortions after 6 weeks.
  • Vetoed SB 3, the most anti-choice bill in the country. SB 3 criminalizes abortion and bans abortions after twenty weeks, leaving no exceptions for rape, incest, health or tragic fetal anomalies.
  • Stopped Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Spoke out against the Trump administration’s gag rule, which would cut women off from critical health care services like birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and even general women’s health exams.
  • Increased access to birth control by incentivizing hospitals to stock and store long-acting contraceptives.
  • Required that 3D mammograms be covered by insurance.

If Scott Wagner becomes governor, all of the work that Governor Wolf has done to protect affordable access to healthcare will be rolled back. With Wagner as governor:

  • Medicaid expansion would be rolled back, which would kick seniors out of nursing homes with nowhere to turn and strip health care from those suffering from substance use disorder.
  • There would be no one in the governor’s seat to stand up to Republicans’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, especially when it comes to stripping protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Pennsylvania would have a 6-week abortion ban. This would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country.  In fact, many women do not even know they are pregnant at 6 weeks.
  • Senate Bill 3 would  become law, which is a bill Governor Wolf has already vetoed.  SB 3 proposes a ban on abortions after twenty weeks, leaving no exceptions for rape, incest, health or tragic fetal anomalies.
  • The state would defund Planned Parenthood and prevent women across Pennsylvania from accessing important health care services like mammograms, other cancer screenings, and birth control.