Tell Gov. Perry & Texas Legislature to expand Medicaid
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Texans for Medicaid Expansion

Tell Gov. Perry & Texas Legislature to expand Medicaid

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      Texans for Medicaid Expansion

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured. There are two things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare - please don't stop reading because I said Obama):

1. The health care exchanges will happen no matter what Rick Perry/State Legislature does or does not do.

2. But, the Medicaid expansion requires Texas to act.

 Texas Health and Human Services Commission says "If Texas chooses not to participate in the Medicaid expansion, it would forgo an estimated $164 billion in Medicaid funding the federal government would provide from 2014 to 2023, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The agency estimates Texas would have to provide $27 billion in Medicaid costs over that period."  The federal government will pay 100 percent of the law's cost for the first three years, through 2016, and gradually add state responsibility until, by 2020, the state is responsible for 10 percent.  http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Health-law-ruling-leaves-uninsured-Texans-in-limbo-3671563.php 

Washington Post reported that Texas "would receive $52 billion from 2014 to 2019, and its Medicaid program would expand by 45.5 percent. One study from Bloomberg Government estimates that Texas would get more money from the Medicaid expansion than any other state. However, the Lone Star State would also have to spend $2.6 billion of its own money on the expansion and see its Medicaid costs rise by 3 percent over the same time period." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/06/29/the-supreme-court-forces-states-to-make-a-big-medicaid-decision-heres-how-theyll-do-it/.

Health care costs money, and we should be willing to SPEND OUR MEDICAID TAX MONEY ON US! Why else do low-income to not-rich people pay Medicaid taxes?  We can afford this: federal gov't will give Texas $164 billion, if we spend $27 billion - bargain, you got a deal!  But, what about the 10% increase cost and the slow snail increase of 3% on Medicaid premiums over the years? I think that is better than dying or living in ill-health, do you?! 

So, let us not shoot ourselves in the foot (we can't afford it) and tell our state politicians we want our Medicaid taxes to actually benefit more of us in 2014! Texas will go into legislative session in Jan 2013!  =)

Why am I doing this? Texans overwhelmingly do not like this law, but I'm hoping that they will have a change of heart once they see how good it is for them. =) Yes, I'm a Texan. 

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    • joyce westbrook HOUSTON, TX
      • 9 months ago

      blue cross aca charges $230.00

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    • Victoria Cayce DENTON, TX
      • 11 months ago

      I am in the gap and have Lupus. I have no insurance and cannot afford treatment. If Texas would just accept the program, millions of people would get coverage. In the long term, it is an investment in the health of our people. I will vote my mind on this one and I am furious that Perry and the Texas Legislature refused something out of petty, party-minded, stupidity.

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    • Nancy Ogden COMMERCE, TX
      • 12 months ago

      Poor people need health care--Texas should be embarrassed to have the highest number of people without healthcare ANC it's FREE!

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    • Tyler Jones DALLAS, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      It is basic math. Do it!!

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    • Jerry O'Quinn KAUFMAN, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      I am in the Gap created because you refuse to expand Medicaid and the Obomacare exchange starts at the 100 percent Poverty Level. All of the healthcare currently offered is ridiculously expensive.The average health insurance plan for a family of 3 with a deductible of 5k to 10k is around 4500 a year or 375 dollars a month, and for what, maybe 2 sick visits a year that cost no more than 200 dollars a visit. That insurance is a huge waste of money for those of us who rarely get sick. The emergency rooms are a minimum 800. Who can afford that? Please expand Medicaid so that those of us in the 95% poverty level can go to the doctor without fear of an 800 bill for one Doctor Visit or 4500 dollars year for 2 Doctors Visits.I am a 23 year old male with a wife that stays at home with the baby while I work 12 hour shifts on the weekend and attend college full time during the week so that someday I can take care of my family by myself. All I am asking for is a little help.

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