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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 04:19 PM

Perry Medicaid plan would give up $76 billion from federal government

Texas will leave more than $76 billion from the federal government on the table if Gov. Rick Perry gets his wish and the state does not expand its Medicaid program or establish a health insurance exchange in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

But Perry said the two initiatives could bankrupt the state and called them "brazen intrusions to the sovereignty of our state," neither of which would result in better patient protection or more affordable care.

State and federal Republican officials praised his move, saying the legislation could eventually leave the state holding the bag for billions in additional spending.

But the hospital industry and patient-care advocates say taxpayers will have to continue footing the bill for uninsured people, who will seek medical care when they're the sickest and most expensive to treat.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07/09/4088572/perry-medicaid-plan-would-give.html#storylink=cpy

Interestingly enough, the comments for the article were disabled.

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Reply Perry Medicaid plan would give up $76 billion from federal government (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jul 2012 OP
Iggy Jul 2012 #1
DhhD Jul 2012 #6
Iggy Jul 2012 #8
DhhD Jul 2012 #10
sonias Jul 2012 #2
white cloud Jul 2012 #3
sonias Jul 2012 #4
mbperrin Jul 2012 #5
white cloud Jul 2012 #7
sonias Jul 2012 #9

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 04:26 PM

1. Perry = Asshat

 

I mean c'mon... does he even know how much money he's leaving on the table?

what's the point of refusing the money? does he think it's going to be used to pay down the deficit??

HAH HAH HAH HAH!!!!

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Response to Iggy (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 10:18 PM

6. Most of it will go to other states that are participating and have been for a year now.

So other states will get the Texas share while Texas Hospital District Taxpayers will intimately, down the road, fund a lot of the program that could have been funded with Texas's share of the federal money. The longer a state waits to implement the new laws, the less federal money. After all the GOP lied about taxes going up over the new health care programs. So the GOP just moved from one lie to another boasting that the higher taxes will be Obama's fault. What a bunch of Sheep People Texans are, to believe such a load of crap.

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Response to DhhD (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 08:19 AM

8. Teh Stupid

 

in TX... it burns.

I understand there's 2 Million UNregistered hispanic voters in Texas; what is going on
there with GOTV efforts? getting 20% of those people registered & voting would make
a difference

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 05:50 PM

2. Always shortsighted

Perry could not be stupider. No wait yes he can.

I posted this on the other thread but it is just as relevant here:

Texas Observer 7/10/12
Perry’s Titanic Blunder
The governor rejects Medicaid expansion and then embarrasses himself on Fox News


(snip)
But where Perry really got it wrong in the Fox interview was his assertion that “every Texan has health care in this state from the standpoint of being able to have access to healthcare.” That’s like saying that every Texan has food in this state from the standpoint of being able to have access to the grocery store. It doesn’t mean the more than six million Texans who are uninsured can actually afford it. And who but our governor has access to experimental adult stem cell spinal infusions? According to a new study released by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Texas ranks dead last in health care services and delivery. Texas Medicaid is also one of the most limited and strictest programs in the country. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission projects that the state would actually see a net gain of $70 billion over five years if it expanded its Medicaid program. That sounds like some sort of trick.

In the end it looks like Perry would rather go down with the ship than work with the federal government on health care. And he’s taking millions of uninsured Texans down with him.


Perry is taking millions of uninsured Texans down with him and leaving 76 billion dollars on the table.

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Response to sonias (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 07:54 PM

3. unbelievable

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 10:27 AM

4. Not joining Medicaid expansion will hurt hospitals, clinics and taxpayers, officials say

AAS 7/10/12

Not joining Medicaid expansion will hurt hospitals, clinics and taxpayers, officials say

Hospitals and uninsured residents are likely to be hit the hardest if Gov. Rick Perry's rejection of a massive expansion of Medicaid stands, leaders of health care organizations said.

In addition, clinics that care for the uninsured will be strained further, while taxpayers and patients with health insurance could pay more for health care, they said.

(snip)

But uninsured people will continue to seek care at hospitals, often in emergency rooms, where care is most expensive, and in clinics that serve uninsured people and those on Medicaid, a state-federal program that covers the poor, disabled and most nursing home residents.

"What that means is: Local communities, it's your problem to solve," said Patricia Young Brown, president and CEO of Central Health, the Travis County hospital district. "You can pay a dollar now to keep someone as healthy as possible ... or you're going to pay for it later when they're sick."

Taxpayers could be asked to shoulder more of that burden, she said.


that stupid, stupid, rick perry!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 11:00 AM

5. How does Perry remember to breathe?

Stupidest. Worst. Governor. Ever.

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Response to mbperrin (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 11:13 PM

7. And Perry

does not realize we are at the bottom of this great country in uninsured.

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Response to white cloud (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 04:47 PM

9. In the fictitious Texas that Perry lives in

No one lacks insurance and everyone has a photo ID. Perry said so.

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