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If TX Doesn't Expand Medicaid, Two Million Will Be Without Options
The American Prospect ^ | 29 June 2012 | Abby Rapaport

Posted on 06/30/2012 5:33:56 PM PDT by Lorianne

It's no secret there's a health-care crisis in Texas. The state has the biggest uninsured population in the country with around 6.2 million—or a quarter of all residents—lacking insurance. As a Kaiser Health News report highlighted, poor and uninsured Texans must sometimes wait more than 24 hours in emergency rooms, where treatment is most expensive, while more cost-effective health-care options, like preventative care, are out of reach.

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to change all that. It offered new avenues for health-care coverage to people at all income levels by expanding Medicaid. But yesterday's Supreme Court decision made it optional for states to expand their Medicaid coverage. "There's going to be a donut hole in the middle if a state doesn't proceed," says Edwin Park, vice president for health policy at the D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In Texas, if the state chooses not to expand its services, almost two million people may be stuck in limbo—without access to Medicaid, but too poor for the subsidies.

First, a little background about the Court's decision: A key element of the ACA was expanding Medicaid to provide insurance for those making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line; those who make above that amount can receive subsidies to help pay for their insurance. Prior to the ruling, states had little choice but to expand their programs by January 2014; if they did not, they risked losing all their Medicaid dollars. Now, however, the Court has ruled that states can only lose the extra dollars they would get through expansion, meaning they'll keep the Medicaid dollars they're already getting.

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TOPICS: Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: healthcare; medicaid; obamacare; texas
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To: DH

Funny thing is the Rats said this would give those uninsured dignity as they would no longer go to the emergency room.

Guess they missed the boat on that one.


51 posted on 06/30/2012 7:14:17 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: DH

Funny thing is the Rats said this would give those uninsured dignity as they would no longer go to the emergency room.

Guess they missed the boat on that one.


52 posted on 06/30/2012 7:14:31 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Lorianne

Why not make those who don’t have insurance pay a penalty (at the door) when they use the emergency room?


53 posted on 06/30/2012 7:19:44 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: Positive

Medicare and Medicaid are not profitable as is. The amount paid by these “insurers” frequently does not cover the cost of care let alone a reasonable profit. The rest of us pick up the difference by paying higher rates to keep docs and hospitals afloat. Medicare and Medicaid patients will not find any practices accepting new patients. Thebpractices literally can’t afford them


54 posted on 06/30/2012 7:22:59 PM PDT by Mom MD (T he country needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask)
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To: Lorianne
The American Prospect, Inc. has received funding from the Bill Moyers-controlled Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, George Soros's Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Surdna Foundation, and others.
55 posted on 06/30/2012 7:24:40 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Yes, that would explain why this article is pro-Medicaid expansion wouldn’t it?


56 posted on 06/30/2012 7:29:15 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne

Is there some rule that I don’t know about that says you can’t go to the doctor if you don’t have health insurance? I actually don’t think there is.

When I was young and occasionally (but rarely) sick, I didn’t go to EMERGENCY. I went to the DOCTOR. Not very often. Certainly not often enough that I would have ever thought that it was something that I needed to get INSURANCE for. Times change. And not for the better.


57 posted on 06/30/2012 7:33:53 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: ilgipper

AMEN!!


58 posted on 06/30/2012 7:37:13 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Lorianne

Use that state tax money to buy one way bus tickets for those deadbeats to states that do take the bait.


59 posted on 06/30/2012 7:40:28 PM PDT by nomad
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To: dalereed

Actually I’d like to see some REAL community “service” at least as a starter, with proportional simultaneous mandatory retirements for public workers. (No duplicity where practical)

Private forced pay and free handouts cannot be reconciled due to the decline of the U.S. manufacturing/industrial base.


60 posted on 06/30/2012 7:41:54 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Lorianne
I wonder where the moron who editorized this tripe thinks Texas is going to get the money to join OBozoCare's expansion of Medicaid?

We The People of Texas ain't too excited about ponying-up more money for the illegals who make up these 2 million uninsured.

61 posted on 06/30/2012 7:43:20 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: ilgipper

This is all so bogus. I live in a Houston suburb. There are countless clinics everywhere where people can get reasonably good treatment without a long wait. My insurance has a high deductible, doesn’t cost a lot and is basically for treatment if hospitalization is needed. These places are just fine for a non-life threatening illness and a lot less expensive than paying for an Obama-type plan that covers everything. But you do have to pay for your treatment at the time.

IMO hospital ER’s should be reserved only for those whose illness/accident/injury warrants immediate hospitalization.


62 posted on 06/30/2012 7:46:40 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Lorianne

The Illegal Alien population in Texas is the biggest culprit of mushrooming medical cost ... in recent years at ONE County Hospital in Dallas, TX... - Parkland Hospital - at Tax Payer Expense 10,000 Illegal Alien babies are born each year... Multiply that by County Hospitals in Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and dozens of smaller cities and counties and it is EASY to See WHY Medical Cost in Texas is our of control .... and this only includes birthing illegal alien babies - not to mention the thousands of other medical problems...


63 posted on 06/30/2012 7:47:36 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: Lorianne

If TX Doesn’t Expand Medicaid, Two Million Will Be Without Options
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As a proud Texan my gut feeling is SO WHAT! Move to another state that pays better. Get out.


64 posted on 06/30/2012 7:56:36 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt better grow a pair or this thing will be over soon.)
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To: Marie; Songwriter
G-d bless doctors like you and him! On behalf of everyone who didn’t say it, I’ll say it: THANK YOU.

Goes for me too! I worked in health care until last year. My colleagues were some of the most selfless people I've ever met. I've seen docs, nurses, and others assaulted with fists, full urinals, and weapons. I've seen seem them cursed and threatened. Kicked and spat upon. I've seen them miraculously function on no sleep. Give up holidays. Kids birthdays. Baseball games. Work unpaid overtime. Go weeks without a lunch break. And this is just a bit of the sacrifice they make as they go about NOT discriminating between those who pay and those who don't.

So that night Obama got out there with his teleprompter and insulted docs for performing surgeries just to make a buck, I was beyond incensed. He was insulting the very taxpayers who subsidize his AF1 outings and his family vacations, and who display more integrity and selflessness in their pinky fingers than he has shown in his entire presidency.

End of rant :)

65 posted on 06/30/2012 8:02:24 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot (Obamacare is taxation without representation courtesy of the British subject in the White House.)
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To: Texas Songwriter

” Texas should tell Obama to stick it where the coliforms grow and the parasites whistle all day.”

LOL! That’s the start of a Reader’s Digest article. Please continue...


66 posted on 06/30/2012 8:20:30 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: Texas56

Texas AG Greg Abbot is one of the best men in Austin. He deserves to be Governor of Texas. But we need him desperately to continue as the Attorney General. Much work in that position needs his attention. He is the best prepared to do the job.


67 posted on 06/30/2012 8:27:05 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: KansasGirl

If they don’t like living in TX, they can always go back to Mexico.

Or Californicate, Mass., Conn., NY, etc. They loves illegals there in the blue rich and compassionate states!


68 posted on 06/30/2012 8:38:42 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Just call me Doctor or maybe even Judge ... Supreme Court said it was ok!)
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To: Texas Songwriter

That is exactly what happened to my mom who was on Medicare. After 2 years of having breast cancer and knowing it but not seeking treatment she told me. She was living on SS and had nothing but Meducare and thought she couldn’t afford treatment.
I called our local cancer center and talked to the Doctor who owns/runs it’s nurse. Explained the situation and she said she would talk to doctor and call me back. She did and made an appointment with the doctor for the next day.
At the appointment he told Mom they would take whatever Medicare paid. He said......if you receive a bill throw it in the garbage. They treated her for 6 years until she finally passed from a brain tumor. After she died the gal from accounting called me with a final bill, which was huge, for my mom. I told her what the doc had told us and I never heard from them again.
Thank God for doctors who truly care about people.


69 posted on 06/30/2012 8:39:40 PM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana

I am truly sorry you lost you mother. You will see her again.


70 posted on 06/30/2012 8:42:29 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Lorianne
They do have an option: move to another state that chose to expand Medicaid.

That's the beauty of a Republic.

71 posted on 06/30/2012 8:52:04 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Lorianne

Whether the mandate is a tax or something else may be debatable. But there is no doubt that in order to pay for Medicaid expansions there will be taxes. Kalifornia will go for this, imagine how much deeper in debt they will be.


72 posted on 06/30/2012 8:54:12 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats are the problem. Vote them out, all of them.)
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To: Jane Long
Oh, really? First I've heard of this.

Dreamers and their families are not illegals.

73 posted on 06/30/2012 8:59:00 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats are the problem. Vote them out, all of them.)
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To: Kandy Atz

since it is now a tax why are illegals excluded fom the tax? disparate treatment on basis of national origin-civil rights violation, equal protection etc


74 posted on 06/30/2012 9:05:49 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Texas Fossil

Texas AG Greg Abbot is one of the best men in Austin. He deserves to be Governor of Texas. But we need him desperately to continue as the Attorney General. Much work in that position needs his attention. He is the best prepared to do the job.

Amen to that! Greg Abbot is awesome!!


75 posted on 06/30/2012 9:11:10 PM PDT by boxlunch
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To: Texas Songwriter

Thanks. She has been gone 3 years now and I still miss her everyday.


76 posted on 06/30/2012 9:11:30 PM PDT by sheana
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To: boxlunch

May I echo that Amen!


77 posted on 06/30/2012 9:16:22 PM PDT by berdie
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To: sheana

Mothers and fathers are quiet, unassumming heros. The give without regret or requirement. Only love came from my parents. I lost my parents 11 years ago, 3 days apart, and they seem to constantly in my consciousness. I sure you feel the same about your mom. My thoughts are not with regrets. If there ever was a contention it seems those memories are taken away. Now only love and fond memories.


78 posted on 06/30/2012 9:17:49 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Lorianne
They can get free cell phones from the government as well.

that crossed my mind as I wrote it. We will end up paying for their healthcare, phone, and before too long, 200 cable channels will be considered a right too.

79 posted on 06/30/2012 9:32:24 PM PDT by ilgipper ( November cannot come soon enough)
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To: Texas56

I heard that Chuck Norris wears Abbot pajamas when he goest to bed. Is it true?


80 posted on 06/30/2012 10:48:24 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: Lorianne
tell them to move to California or New York where all the really smart and sensitive people live.

I don't want to see them leave... I just want to see them walk away....

81 posted on 07/01/2012 12:09:22 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: NCDave

Bingo and a huge % of the rest are young folks who just don’t want to pay for health ins because being young they believe they will never get sick or even die.

I never had health insurance when I was young and got it only after I was married at the age of 26.


82 posted on 07/01/2012 2:32:26 AM PDT by scram2
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To: boxlunch

Yep, Greg Abbot gave the best speech of the Texas GOP Convention in Ft. Worth.

He does battle daily with Obozo’s vermin in DC.

In a wheelchair or not I’d vote for him for any office he runs for. Fine Texan, fine man.


83 posted on 07/01/2012 5:02:16 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JCBreckenridge
I heard that Chuck Norris wears Abbot pajamas when he goest to bed. Is it true?

Not sure I understood your point.

Chuck Norris is an actor who plays a law enforcement officer. He is however friends with some of the "real" Texas Rangers. He has been in the field with some of them.

Greg Abbot does battle with "real" criminals every day. Not physically, but with his intellect and knowledge of the law. He is a tough guy on that turf.

Don't criticize either of them, they both are good guys.

By the way, I live not that far from Breckenridge, TX. And nearer to the Perry's home. (14 miles)

84 posted on 07/01/2012 5:17:47 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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