Perry's Refusal to Expand Medicaid May Provide Opportunity to Fix Broken System
DALLAS, TX: Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s refusal to expand Medicaid in the
“The Obama administration boasts that the new law will expand access to health care to millions of low-income Americans," said Matthews. "But the administration refuses to realize that having health coverage is vastly different from having access to health care."
Matthews pointed to a new survey by the Texas Medical Association that says, since 2010, the percentage of Texas doctors accepting new Medicaid patients has dropped from 42 percent to a mere 31 percent. In 2000, 67 percent of
“Millions of Texans have Medicaid coverage; this survey demonstrates that many of them can’t see a doctor,” said Matthews. “ObamaCare expands Medicaid but does nothing to fix its problems. Why expand a broken system?"
Matthews acknowledges that
"The best possible solution is if several states take a stand against this federal overreach and demand that Washington give the states what they have wanted for years: more flexibility to manage their Medicaid and uninsured populations," concluded Matthews.