Skip to comments.PERRY: We need real reform, not more Medicaid - Harnessing state innovation is the way forward
Posted on 07/12/2012 1:53:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Expecting to extend quality health care access to millions of Americans by pressing them into the existing Medicaid system is a little like expecting to win the Indy 500 in a 1965 Chevy Corvair. Its just not the right tool for the job.
A fundamental flaw in the Obama administrations government health care plan is that Medicaid is already on the brink of failure. Dumping millions more people into the Medicaid mix will not save it, will not cut any costs and will not improve overall access to quality care.
In Texas, we have no interest in following the federal directive to expand our Medicaid ranks by more than 1 million, and we also are rejecting calls to establish a so-called state insurance exchange designed and ruled by federal guidelines, many of which have yet to be written. Neither of these is the proper role of the federal government and both represent brazen intrusions into the affairs of states.
While some will complain we will be turning down a lot of federal money covering short-term Medicaid expansion, they ignore two important truths. First, this federal money is being printed out of thin air - racking up trillions of dollars of debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren. Second, this money will run out, and then we will be faced with mounting state costs and millions more people on public health rolls.
Meanwhile, states are already facing skyrocketing Medicaid costs that threaten our future and crowd out other funding needs, such as public schools and public safety. In Texas, Medicaid already consumes more than 20 percent of the states general revenue budget, with that percentage threatening to jump dramatically in the coming budget cycle, even without Obamacares Medicaid expansion.
While Texas is actually better prepared...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
God bless Texas and Governor Perry.
He’s not going to accept anything federal..LOL.
GOOD to see you!
Very nice picture!
"Gov. Rick Perry might have rejected the opportunity to run a state health insurance exchange outlined in the federal health care law, but that doesn't mean state agencies won't work closely with Washington regulators to offer Texans a way to buy insurance.
Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, an advocacy group for low- and moderate- income Texans, said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act outlines several areas in which the state and federal governments must collaborate on the exchanges, including on regulatory issues, information sharing and consumer assistance.
"There has to be interaction under the law," she said.
Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said the federally run health insurance exchange will have to connect to the state's eligibility system.
The federal government will determine who qualifies for federal subsidies to buy insurance on the exchanges, while the state will figure out who qualifies for the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid, the federally subsidized, state-run health care programs for low-income children and the state's poorest adults, respectively.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials are waiting to hear from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about many of the details on how to proceed ahead of the planned rollout of the exchange in 2014, Goodman said.........."The feds anticipate working with states," she said.............State agencies expected to work with feds in health exchanges
Gov. Perry is one strong, tough talking Texan!
Best of all, he is correct that we need to not only stop ObamaCare, but we must also abolish Medicaid and Medicare and end all forms of Socialized Medicine.
Too bad he didn’t sit out the debates until his back-surgery pain had fully subsided. It would be fantastic if he was our nominee right now.
... it is about picking one or more states that will do some simple homework to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Obamacare law is not applicable in their state. If we do this, we can proactively take control of the narrative to announce that Obamacare is irrelevant because the state is already compliant.
Kissing Obamacare Goodbye
Clarity and explanation will be key.
A lot of people think “free” healthcare is Obamacare.
They don’t know that the cost will rise and care will become compromised and rationed.
They need to have it put into terms that relate to their understanding of how economics works — that we don’t have the resources or should we want government to control healthcare (which translates into control over ALL we do).
Don’t they go to the DMV, the US Post Office?
WHEN did a government agency EVER improve cost and delivery?
Yes they do go to the DMV and yes they do go to the Post Office.
They are very accustomed to dealing with government agencies at all levels. They wait in lines, they struggle with bureacracy’s demands, they behold the crumbs when they do get anything, while behind the counters and desks are people who make good salaries and have fine benefits and have “made it in America”.
The promises, the words from politicians’ mouths, is what they feed on, psychologically. They are not ever well off, therefore as the somewhat downtrodden they are ever vulnerable to that false rhetoric about laws that are going to “help”.
The people trapped in this system are still the system’s most gullible supporters.
Now we have run up against the Thatcher rule...the brick wall she spoke of. The problem with Socialism comes when you run out of other people’s money.
We’re there, in fact we’re PAST there and careening down into an abyss.
I know there’s a problem with this big government power grab, so it’s much more than “we’re broke”.
However, THEY don’t see that. They see nothing but never ending largesse that still doesn’t get them anywhere but trapped.
But the largesse has bankrupted us, just as Maggie said. And if they don’t understand about too much power that doesn’t work, and about being truly broke, then what we have to do is persuade as many as we can, and all those we can’t, we have to politically BEAT THEM LIKE A DRUM.
But as we know, the liars will tell them the rich aren’t paying their fair share, that the Right is stonewalling, that the GOP is obstructing passage of their “rights” on the Hill and that the Tea Party is filled with racists.
Just as all “strongmen” dictatorial regimes, they blame someone else to keep the masses from seeing the truth and turning on them.
Obama and the Dems are our Hugo Chavez and we are on their track to become Venezuela.
By whatever means, we MUST get America off that track.
And apparently the big government Bush family doesn't like him. Another plus for Rick. Too bad he didn't perform well in the debates.