Monday, November 18, 2013

Texas Needs Medicaid Expansion - Highest Uninsured in USA

An amazing thing just happened in Louisiana. A REPUBLICAN running for office in a primary, where usually the winner is "right of right" just won the seat despite being in favor of expanding medicaid in Louisiana. Governor Bobby Jindal has opposed the expansion.

In Texas, our Governor Perry has rejected the expansion of Medicaid despite Texas having the highest number of uninsured people in the USA, and despite the fact the Federal government would pay 100% of the costs for three years, and 90% after that.  That is 6 million people including over 800,000 children.  Instead, Texas taxpayers will now pick up over $100 million in costs for covering those without insurance when they get sick.

If elected to the U.S. Senate, I would encourage our Governor to make this expansion. If that Governor is Wendy Davis, we can count on that happening. If it is Greg Abbott, then millions of Texans will continue to hang by a thread without health insurance. They won't get preventive healthcare and face bankruptcy from getting sick.

This is not pro life - denying health insurance to the needy is the opposite of giving a care about life.

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