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Mango Favors Expansion, Could Seek AHCA Waiver

Wolf’s polling has improved after working more cooperatively with the GOP legislature.

May 22, 2017, 10:05 a.m.

Busi­ness­man Paul Mango (R), “like the man he hopes to re­place, is a polit­ic­al un­known who comes from the busi­ness world. And that, he said, is about all he shares with” Gov. Tom Wolf (D).

Mango: “I built a half-bil­lion-dol­lar health-care busi­ness at McKin­sey & Co. I didn’t take over my dad’s busi­ness and sell it to a private equity firm.”

“Mango said he does not want to roll back Medi­caid ex­pan­sion, which gave health cov­er­age to up to 800,000 work­ing-poor Pennsylvani­ans, though he would like free­dom from some fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions to build in well­ness in­cent­ives for re­cip­i­ents. … To Demo­crats, it is sig­ni­fic­ant that Mango did not ex­pli­citly rule out ap­ply­ing for a waiver if the so-called Trump­care bill is en­acted. They also noted that the GOP bill would lim­it money states can use for Medi­caid.”

“Mango has giv­en more than $200,000 to Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates and causes since 2003, fed­er­al re­cords show, in­clud­ing” former Flor­ida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in 2016 and Sen. Pat Toomey (R). (Philly.com)

BACK­GROUND­ER. “Wolf’s comeback is be­ing no­ticed. Whis­pers of ‘one-term Tom’ are gone.”

“Com­ing in­to of­fice, Wolf had sought a mult­i­bil­lion-dol­lar tax in­crease to re­solve a stub­born de­fi­cit. … At the height of the stale­mate last spring, Wolf’s ap­prov­al rat­ing sank be­low that of his three pre­de­cessors … at the same point in their first terms. … The soft-spoken Wolf quickly turned to a new mes­sage of can-do bi­par­tis­an­ship.”

“In Feb­ru­ary, Wolf de­livered his third budget pro­pos­al, stress­ing aus­ter­ity. For the first time, he did not pro­pose an in­crease in the sales or in­come tax rates, of­fer­ing in­stead a $1 bil­lion tax pack­age that he pro­moted as shut­ting cor­por­ate tax loop­holes.” (AP)

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