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Health Care in Texas
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Texas Senator Donna Campbell, M.D.

Medicaid is Broken

Medicaid expansion is a misguided, and ultimately doomed, attempt to mask the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act by pressing millions into a system that can’t handle the people it’s caring for now.

Promised federal dollars may not materialize, and with only 3 out of 10 Texas physicians accepting new Medicaid patients already, the program simply isn’t prepared to deal with thousands of new individuals.

Texas will continue saying “no” to Medicaid expansion, and instead needs the flexibility to implement true solutions to meet the challenges of caring for the truly needy.


Texas Representative Lois Kolkhorst on Medicaid

Texas' Four-Point Plan

Reform our current program to meet the needs of Texans in a fiscally responsible manner:

  • Cost Sharing: Establish copays, deductibles and premium payments on a sliding scale.
  • Asset Testing: To ensure care is there for those who need it most.
  • Promote Health Savings Accounts: Providing patients more control over health care spending.
  • Promote Private Access: Promote the use of existing private coverage and employer sponsored coverage

News & Announcements

  • Friday, February 14, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding President Obama’s Comments about Obamacare and Texas
    Obamacare has been a complete failure. Rather than pointing fingers, President Obama should scrap his failed system and give states the flexibility they need to ensure people have long-term access to quality care. Medicaid is a broken system -- a fact President Obama has conceded in the past -- and pouring millions more people into a system that's already creaking from the strain is far from a long-term solution.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Today’s Obamacare Announcement
    This is a staggering display of a reckless president cavalierly instructing states to ignore federal law. President Obama is shifting the blame by saying it's up to states and state insurance commissioners to fix the massive problem his signature law has created for millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance.
  • Wednesday, November 06, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on President’s Visit to Texas
    President Obama deceived the American people by promising that anyone who liked their health care plan could keep it, but millions of Americans are now discovering that simply isn’t true.
  • Monday, September 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Possible Federal Government Shutdown
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement in response to a potential shutdown of the federal government: House Republicans offered a compromise solution that would temporarily address Republican concerns about Obamacare while also allowing the federal government to continue to operate. But the Obama administration’s and Harry Reid’s my-way-or-the-highway mentality jeopardizes essential functions of not only the federal government but also state services.
  • Monday, August 19, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Obamacare Video Contest
    If Obamacare were sound health care policy, Secretary Sebelius wouldn’t have to resort to video contests and prizes to tempt people to sign up. Texans are already subject to too much costly and burdensome federal regulation, and Obamacare only makes the problem worse.