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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

  • Thursday, June 28, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Obamacare
    This ruling will be a stomach punch to the American economy. It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track. Obamacare is bad for the economy, bad for health care, bad for freedom. Americans have made clear their overwhelming opposition to its convoluted, burdensome and overreaching mandates.
  • Monday, March 26, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Obamacare
    Today is a landmark moment in the ongoing struggle against the Obama Administration's continued pattern of massive federal overreach and consolidation of power, as well as the resulting erosion of individual liberties, Gov. Perry said.
  • 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.