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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

  • Friday, August 09, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Members of Congress Must be Treated Just Like Everyone Else
    Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to rescind the administration’s decision to exempt Congress from parts of Obamacare.
  • Thursday, August 08, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Secretary Sebelius’ Visit to Texas
    Today, Secretary Sebelius is back in Texas to again explain the increasingly-convoluted, and increasingly-delayed, implementation of the federal exchange system. With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well.
  • Monday, April 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry, Sen. Cornyn, Sen. Cruz: Texas Stands Firm Against Medicaid Expansion
    Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz held a roundtable followed by a press conference to discuss the flexibility needed by states to enact meaningful reforms to the existing, broken Medicaid program. They were joined by Congressmen Joe Barton and Michael C. Burgess, M.D., Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek, as well as the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). Several Texas lawmakers and groups also joined in support of reforming the current Medicaid system and providing flexibility.
  • Friday, March 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Medicaid Expansion a Bad Idea
    Of all the bad ideas related to Obamacare, depending upon Medicaid to do the heavy lifting to 'insure' Americans is about the worst of the bunch.
  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Noteworthy
    Infographic: Health Care in Texas
    Make no mistake, Medicaid is a broken system, just as President Obama said it was in 2009. The difference is, in Texas, we’re not going to dump people into this broken system and watch it spiral even further out of control. Here are some statistics to illustrate where we are, where ACA is taking us, and where Texas needs to go.