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, March 23, 2012 Austin, Texas Noteworthy
Obamacare: Nothing to Celebrate
Two years ago today, President Obama signed into law his vision of health care reform, a far-ranging and ever-more-expensive collection of price fixing and individual mandates that will forever be known as Obamacare. Now, according to tradition, cotton is known as the gift for a second anniversary. But what do you get a federal government that wants to control everything? Unfortunately, the answer is more of your hard earned tax dollars.
Thursday, March 01, 2012 Austin, Texas Editorial
Obama Administration Placing Pro-Abortion Politics Over Women’s Health
President Obama's Administration plans to cancel funding for a long-standing and cost-effective health and wellness program for more than 100,000 Texas women. This move will cut off access to screenings for breast and cervical cancer, hypertension and diabetes, STD testing and family planning services for Texas women who otherwise could not afford them.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Texas Joining Lawsuit to Protect Religious Freedoms
Gov. Rick Perry released a statement regarding Texas joining a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's efforts to force religious organizations to include health care coverage for employees conflicting with their moral beliefs.
Monday, December 12, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on CMS Decisions on Texas’ Healthcare Waivers
Gov. Rick Perry today issued a statement regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Waiver, and not fully approving the state's Women's Health Waiver, which was allowed under the previous administration.
Monday, November 14, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Supreme Court Hearing on Obamacare
The Supreme Court's decision to hear this case quickly is encouraging news for Texas, which faces massive cost explosions under Obamacare, and for Americans everywhere who don't want the federal government forcing them to buy specific goods and services.