Texas leaders firm against Medicaid expansion
POSTED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 12:37pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 7:26am
AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Governor Rick Perry, Senator John Cornyn and Ted Cruz held a roundtable and press conference to discuss meaningful reforms to the existing Medicaid program.
They were joined by several congressmen and state representatives as well as the Texas Public Policy Foundation in support of reforming the current Medicaid system and providing flexibility.
Governor Perry commented on the discussion saying, “Medicaid expansion is a misguided, and ultimately doomed, attempt to mask the shortcomings of Obamacare. It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs. Texas doesn't’t need another mandate, but the flexibility to care for our own in a manner that makes sense both effectively and financially.”
From 1990 to 2010 Medicaid costs have risen from $73.7 billion to $401.4 billion, an increase of 445 percent and over the same period the national Medicaid caseload increased by 135 percent, from 22.8 million to 53.6 million individuals.