Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sick In Texas

Hot on the heels of this news about healthcare at the state level, check out what’s going on in Texas.

Texas will not expand Medicaid or establish a health insurance exchange, two major tenets of the federal health reform that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld last month, Gov. Rick Perry said in a Monday morning announcement.

“I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab,” he said in a statement. “Neither a ‘state’ exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better ‘patient protection’ or in more ‘affordable care.’ They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.”

Texas is ranked as the worst healthcare provider, with 25 percent of the population uninsured.

Ironically, nobody embodies the idea of being a mere appendage more than Rick Perry.