Texas Governor Rick Perry could insure 3 million uninsured Texans while not spending a dime. But he says he won't. Scoring points with the right-wing of the Republican party is more important to him.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicaid (which is administered by the states) to cover everyone within 133% of the poverty line.
However, the Supreme Court's ACA decision took away the federal government's ability to enforce this expansion--allowing states to opt-out. Texas Governor Rick Perry, among others, refuses to expand Medicaid despite the federal government covering 100% of the costs for the first three years and 90% thereafter.
One in four (6.2 million) Texans are uninsured, the highest rate of any state. The Medicaid expansion could cover 49% of uninsured Texans by 2019. But Rick Perry is choosing his political aspirations over people's lives.
Tell Rick Perry, "Take the federal funds and expand Medicaid."
We know, Medicaid isn't perfect and a national, single-payer healthcare system is the real answer -- it would be universal and cheaper than our current system.
But again, tell Rick Perry, "Have a heart. Take the federal funds and expand Medicaid."