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, March 22, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Next Steps after Passage of Federal Health Care Bill
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding Texas’ next steps after the passage of the federal health care bill:
Sunday, March 21, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Passage of Federal Health Care Bill
Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the passage of the federal health care bill: "Unfortunately, the health care vote had more to do with expanding socialism on American soil than it does fixing our health care finance and delivery systems. The Obama health care bill undermines patient choice, personal responsibility, medical innovation and fiscal responsibility in America. As passed by the U.S. House, the bill will cost Texas taxpayers billions more, and drive our nation much deeper into debt. Congress's backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers undermined the public trust and increased cynicism in our political process. Texas leaders will continue to do everything in our power to fight this federal excess and find ways to protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers from this gross federal overreach."
Friday, March 19, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Speaker Straus Urge Texas Congressional Delegation to Vote No On Health Care Bill
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker of the House Joe Straus today sent a letter asking the Texas Congressional Delegation to put Texas first and vote against the federal government’s takeover of health care
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: States Must Stand Up to Unprecedented Federal Intrusion
Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter asking other governors to join him in ongoing efforts to assert the constitutional rights of states as guaranteed under the 10th Amendment with regard to the federal health care bill being forced through by Congress. He urged the governors to support and join efforts by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and several other state attorneys general to determine the constitutionality of a compromise in the pending federal health care legislation exempting the state of Nebraska from increased Medicaid costs resulting from the bill’s passage.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Education Standards Must Be Determined by Texas, Not Washington
Gov. Perry, in a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott, has directed the commissioner not to commit the state to the adoption of national standards and assessments in its application for Race to the Top stimulus funding. The U.S. Department of Education has said it would give preference to states that adopt national standards and assessments in awarding funding, although no national standards have been adopted.