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TX: Bexar County Judge Wolff slams Perry's Medicaid stand
San Antonio Express News ^ | July 11, 2012 | Nolan Hicks

Posted on 07/11/2012 3:06:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff attacked Gov. Rick Perry's decision to reject federal matching funds to expand Medicaid eligibility Tuesday, saying it would put more pressure on the county's public hospital system and strained budgets.

He said the University Health System, which runs the county's public hospitals, might explore teaming with other public hospital systems in the state to access the federal money and expand healthcare coverage locally.

“The Legislature will have some final say in it. They may come up with a different solution, so we have some time to figure it out.” Wolff said. “It's important to put no additional burden on local taxpayers.”

Perry, who met Tuesday with executives from hospitals around Texas, “believes flooding an already broken system with thousands of additional Texans, as an expansion under Obamacare would do, is neither responsible nor sustainable,” Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said. She declined to comment on Wolff's idea.

(Excerpt) Read more at mysanantonio.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: economy; healthcare; medicaid; obamatax; texas
"Gov. Rick Perry, in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, today confirmed that Texas has no intention of implementing a state insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid as part of Obamacare. Any state exchange must be approved by the Obama Administration and operate under specific federally mandated rules, many of which have yet to be established. Expanding Medicaid would mandate the admission of millions of additional Texans into the already unsustainable Medicaid program, at a potential cost of billions to Texas taxpayers.

"If anyone was in doubt, we in Texas have no intention to implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under Obamacare," Gov. Perry said. "I will not be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government.

"I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab. 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."................................. Gov. Perry: Texas Will Not Expand Medicaid or Implement Health Benefit Exchange

1 posted on 07/11/2012 3:07:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The word for public use...ought to be “sustainable”. If you can’t continue to pay for Medicare in the years to come, all because of this action, then most senior citizens would be against it (whether they were Democrats or Republicans).

I would also caution folks to note just how many patients that a regular country doctor can handle, and if you increased the patient load by twenty percent....would he still take the regular patients? Are magical doctors going to appear in 2014 out of the woodworks to handle the extra load? No...it’s not like just building another McDonalds or opening IHOP an hour earlier than usual. Again, most senior citizens would ask some stupid questions around this point in time if Doctor Joe wasn’t going to be adequately able to see them on a regular basis anymore.


2 posted on 07/11/2012 3:21:19 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

I think, among many other “surprises,” we are going to see a lot of tasks and procedures being redefined so they can be performed by technicians and no longer require a doctor at all.


3 posted on 07/11/2012 3:27:39 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.


4 posted on 07/11/2012 3:32:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Truth29

Practising medicine without a license is a crime in most states, I believe. It won’t make any difference to the regime, but the fool that gets caught won’t think it’s funny when he’s sharing a cell with Bruno and Hans Erich.


5 posted on 07/11/2012 3:37:58 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: pepsionice
"and if you increased the patient load by twenty percent..."

It even gets worse than that. On Monday, I saw an article that says 83% of existing doctors would end their practice by 2014. Beck did a segment on his show last night on this and had four doctors on the show to discuss what they are looking at. So add that 20% additional workload to only 17% of doctors and the picture gets real ugly.

6 posted on 07/11/2012 3:45:44 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Wolff attacked Gov. Rick Perry's decision to reject federal matching funds to expand Medicaid eligibility..."

"Matching funds" means that the federal government borrows money to match money that you spend beyond that which you are already spending. This means that both Texas and Obama are spending even more money that neither has. Maybe Wolff needs to explain how this is good.

7 posted on 07/11/2012 3:53:21 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is Wolff aware that he’s part of the judiciary and not the legislative or executive branch? He’s supposed to be ruling not writing and enforcing the law.

Checks and balances are still taught in law school, no?


8 posted on 07/11/2012 4:16:27 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Secede and hang the judge. I will move back to Texas the day that they declare Freedom from tyranny.

LLS

9 posted on 07/11/2012 4:17:48 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: LibLieSlayer

The County Judge in Texas is the chief elected official of the county, equal, say, to a Mayor. Does not do any Judge duties any more, just has that title. Runs the county. Tis guy is a Dem, dependent on the illegal alien vote in San Antonio, like many south Texas Dems.


10 posted on 07/11/2012 4:23:29 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: rstrahan

Even more reason to hang him.

LLS


11 posted on 07/11/2012 5:19:33 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Nelson Wolff has been in politics in San Antonio since I’ve lived here.
I first moved here in ‘72 and I believe he was a councilman at that time, not positive.
But he has been involved in whatever benefits Nelson Wolff and the democrat party.
A new minor league stadium was built here a few years back and Miller Beer was going to
give them $1 million to have the field called Miller Park. Wolff and his buddies went ballistic.
“Couldn’t name a stadium for a beer! Children go there and we cannot associate this city with that kind of publicity.”
He convinced the city government and guess what the stadium is called? Yep Nelson Wolff stadium.
Such a frigging hypocrite! San Antonio has numerous parties every year and beer and margarities are availabe
at all of them.
The words I usually use in the same sentence as Wolff are not allowed on this site.


12 posted on 07/11/2012 5:42:56 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Liberal democrat....move on people nothing to see here!


13 posted on 07/11/2012 5:43:06 AM PDT by ontap
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To: ontap

The moonbatty LIB DIMs won’t go down without a fight...but they will go down. Don’t be disspirited...fight them to the glorious end.


14 posted on 07/11/2012 5:49:35 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Screw you Judge Nelson! Don’t you dare!


15 posted on 07/11/2012 6:52:41 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: NTHockey
"Practising medicine without a license is a crime in most states, I believe. It won’t make any difference to the regime, but the fool that gets caught won’t think it’s funny when he’s sharing a cell with Bruno and Hans Erich."

Which procedures require an MD will be redefined. Following the Obamacare HHS instructions will not get anyone thrown into prison. Not following those guidelines will result in a doctor's bankruptcy or a visit by Obama Federal enforcers. It is more likely that those opposing Obamacare will end up in prison than some tech doing what used to be an MD's responsibility. Kick the tyrant out in November or the future will be bleak indeed.

16 posted on 07/11/2012 6:54:46 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

http://www.bexar.org/CountyJudge/Bio.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Wolff
His oldest son, Kevin Wolff, is currently a member of the San Antonio City Council and represents Council District 9.

Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge is located at 100 Dolorosa Ste.120 San Antonio, Texas 78205 and is operated Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The phone number is (210) 335-2626.


17 posted on 07/11/2012 7:07:05 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: pepsionice
magical doctors

No problem! Wwhile American Medical Education becomes moreof a restrictive impossible hurdle, we'll simply import thousands of doctors from the Third World, some few of whom actually know what they are doing.

Of course, what The Third World is supposed to do for chancre mechanics is another question.

18 posted on 07/11/2012 7:21:35 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: pepsionice

Urgent Care places are popping up all over San Antonio. Xray machines, MRI’s, the works. By my house, they will cast a broken bone, treat infections and do emergency triage.

Go there on a Friday night during the school year and they are packed with all the kids who got banged up during the football game.


19 posted on 07/11/2012 7:31:17 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
We have the best health care system in the world here in the US.
Most new inventions and drugs are invented here.
That's why the left hates it and wants it destroyed. They have have a hatred of American exceptionalism.
20 posted on 07/11/2012 7:34:33 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27")
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To: Truth29

So, we are supposed to be loyal subjects while some nameless, faceless bureaucrat redefines what an unqualified medical tech can do in place of a doctor.

And when they tell you that you have outlived your usefulness and won’t get any more health care, I suppose that you will obediently comply and gleefully have your life terminated.

I REFUSE to accept slavery. I was born a free man and I will die as one.


21 posted on 07/11/2012 8:30:35 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: NTHockey
"And when they tell you that you have outlived your usefulness and won’t get any more health care, I suppose that you will obediently comply and gleefully have your life terminated."

Did you read the rest of the paragraph?

22 posted on 07/11/2012 9:05:29 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: NTHockey; Truth29
Practising medicine without a license is a crime in most states, I believe. It won’t make any difference to the regime, but the fool that gets caught won’t think it’s funny when he’s sharing a cell with Bruno and Hans Erich.

What state laws mandate can be changed in a day by changing the laws. As it stands, nurses are doing more and more. Advanced-care (masters-degree) nurses have been administering anesthesia, writing prescriptions, delivering babies, and doing many other tasks that otherwise would be done by doctors.

23 posted on 07/11/2012 9:26:30 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: 1010RD

Not really. He’s County Judge, a title that does not accurately reflect his duties, which are primarily administrative.

Look, the whole healthcare system is a mess, and will get much worse under Obamacare. This guy is flooded with Mexicans, who aren’t insured but who aren’t turned away, either. It’s killing his county, and I don’t blame him for speaking up.

Don’t agree with him, but don’t blame him for mouthing off. We all feel frustrated.


24 posted on 07/11/2012 10:33:28 AM PDT by Jedidah
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