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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

  • 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.
  • Friday, December 03, 2010 • Washington, D.C. • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Essential Constitutional Values Will Keep our Nation on Track
    Gov. Rick Perry today emphasized the need to focus on the 10th Amendment, and called for a return to the values of a smaller, more limited federal government in order to restore our nation’s prosperity. The governor spoke at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 2010 States and Nation Policy Summit.
  • Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Challenge to Federal Health Care Act
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding a federal judge's decision to allow Texas' and other states' challenge to the legality of federal health care legislation to proceed:
  • Friday, April 30, 2010 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Decision on Temporary High-Risk Pool
    Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notifying her that the State of Texas cannot today commit to operating a new temporary high-risk pool program due to the lack of program rules or reliable federal funding.