Tom’s Top Twelve Tall Tales: Tale #12

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Governor Tom tells tall tales. Here is tall tale number 12 – Health care is a state’s rights issue.

Here is what states rights health care means in Pennsylvania. In the month following his inauguration, Corbett kicked 41,000 poor people off adultBasic health care coverage. He said that adultBasic ran out of money on February 28 and the Commonwealth can not afford to continue it. By contrast, that same year, Capital Blue Cross made a profit of $72,000,000, and Highmark a profit of $463,000,000. These companies gave huge bonuses to their CEOs and top management, many of whom gave generously to candidate Corbett’s gubernatorial campaign.

During that same month in February, Corbett had extreme pain in his back and legs. He was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.  In May of that year, Gov. Corbett had a 90 minute procedure on his spinal canal that reversed the pain and the numbness in his legs and back at Allegheny Hospital.

The successful surgery, paid for by tax dollars, allowed Corbett to continue to use Commonwealth tax dollars to oppose the federal affordable health care act as unconstitutional. The successful surgery, paid for by tax dollars, also allowed him to continue to keep the poor of Pennsylvania from having the same 90 minute procedure.

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The Rev. Timothy Dewald was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Lebanon Valley College joining the faculty in 1989. He retired in May 2010. In 1993 he won the College's Evelyn J. Knisley award for Inspirational Teaching. In addition to teaching mathematics, Rev. Dewald served the College in 1992 as acting chaplain, taught courses in East Asian religions, a First-Year Seminar on Darwin and evolution, Einstein’s general relativity, and the New Testament, as well as a mathematics and statistics courses. He also served as a parish minister for 23 years. Rev. Dewald graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in political science and religion. He earned a master of divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1987, he received certification in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. - Email Timothy Dewald

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