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
Monday, January 31, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Federal Judge Ruling Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that the individual mandate required by the federal health care reform bill is unconstitutional.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on U.S. House Repeal of Health Care Legislation
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives vote to repeal federal health care legislation:
Monday, December 13, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on U.S. District Court Ruling on Health Care Act
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson’s ruling in Virginia that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate violates the U.S. Constitution.
Monday, December 13, 2010 Austin, Texas Editorial
States Need Freedom to Solve Challenges of Health Care
The biggest problem with federal health care 'reform' is that it assumes every state can solve its health care problems in exactly the same way. Washington fails to take into account that states have different populations, different economic conditions, different geography and different infrastructure; why, then, assume that a one-size-fits-all approach to supplying health care would effectively meet each state’s unique needs?
Friday, December 03, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Future of Medicaid in Texas
The current Medicaid system is financially unsustainable for states and the federal government, as costs increase about nine percent per year in Texas alone. Without greater flexibility and the elimination of federal strings, Medicaid will strangle state budgets and taxpayers as Obamacare and other programs expand Medicaid rolls.