Saving Adult Basic

    Government can’t solve everybody’s problems, but 40,000 struggling Pennsylvanians about to lose the precious lifeline of bare-bones health coverage could be rescued if our state legislators would summon a bit of courage and embrace common sense.

    So says the Daily News’ John Baer in today’s must-read column.

    Baer notes that our legislators have enough money left over from their past bloated budgets to keep the Adult Basic coverage program going through April 2012.

    Nine Democratic State Senators led by Northeast Philly’s Mike Stack have introduced legislation to apply the legislative reserves to the problem. But Republicans control the capitol, and their leaders will have to get on board for it to happen.

    As Baer notes, this is a time for our new governor to show some leadership.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.