As the Texas 83rd session gets into full gear, lawmakers are looking to tackle the issue of Medicaid and it’s expansion under the Affordable Care Act. While Governor Perry is standing firm on his decision to completely ignore the ACA, lawmakers from both sides of the aisles are looking past the hate, hate relationship between Perry and Washington. Instead they’re looking at the potential revenue from the expansion.
Doing one of his inaugural addresses, the president had this to say about social progress, “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.”
As for investing in a generation that will be responsible for America’s future, Liberals are only spending on those who’s either stopped building the country, or in most cases, never lifted a hammer. This should be a grave concern to Texas lawmakers.
As the numbers of the new generation grows, the numbers of those who actually lifted a hammer, will eventually decrease, thus leaving only those who will never contribute and perhaps, that’s what Perry is looking at.
In any case, state lawmakers are hoping to spend $15 billion and receive $100 billion from the ACA, but to spend as they see fit. For sure, they are not taking into account, the source of all these promises.
Some Texas Republicans are also in line for this course of action, because they are under the impression, it will also shore up their support base. Texas Democrats really want this course of action, because it shores up their support base.
‘State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, has filed a bill that would let voters decide whether the state should expand Medicaid. During a rebuttal to Perry's State of the State address, state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, worried the arguments against expansion have little to do with whether or not it would help the state.'
Regardless, it‘s Perry‘s decision to accept or reject it.