Skip to comments.Texas Considers Medicaid Withdrawal
Posted on 11/06/2010 6:14:22 PM PDT by USALiberty
Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in Tuesdays statewide election sweep are proposing an unprecedented solution to the states estimated $25 billion budget shortfall: dropping out of the federal Medicaid program.
Far-right conservatives are offering that possibility in impassioned news conferences. Moderate Republicans are studying it behind closed doors. And the partys advisers on health care policy say it is being discussed more seriously than ever, though they admit it may be as much a huge in-your-face to Washington as anything else.
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Health care IS NOT A RIGHT! Can’t pay the doc? NOT my problem. Don’t force me to pay!
If they succeed, it could be the end of the welfare state as we know it. That, or the second civil war.
More states need to consider such action. You always hear about states whining about the federal government having too much power but they have no problems taking federal money with strings attached.
Most government spending since FDR has been Unconstitutional. Progressive (non-uniform) tax rates are Unconstitutional. Fiat money is Unconstitutionalthe Constitution forbids anything other than gold and silver coins being used as “Tender in Payment of Debt.”
Given that, the Tea Party should make clear that ALL US Treasury debt is invalid and will NOT ever be paid back, because it was used to fund Unconstitutional expenditures, based on Unconstitutional money, and repayment was predicated on Unconstitutional tax rates.
Since the Tea Party dislikes government debt so much, voters should really like the idea of eliminating all government debt in this way. And if the global bond market starts to believe that this policy will actually win out in the United States, thety will stop buying US government debt. And that will shut down socialism and progressivism faster than the voters themselves could ever hope to accomplish.
It is outrageous and IMMORAL to ask working Americans to pay for the health care of LAZY welfare recipients and their brats who share a mother but not the same fathers. Want health insurance? WORK for it!
What would that actually mean??
I think Texas should not just look at dropping Medicaid and CHIPS but follow through with ending both programs. It’s not MY responsibility to pay for someone else’s medical care with my taxes. It’s high time to end the welfare state as we know it and hopefully Texans have the cajones to follow through with this proposal. If the welfare-sucking slugs don’t like it, let them leave the state to we Texans not frightened by hard work and doing things on our own.
I love it! DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER!
I agree. I am weary of the welfare crowd.
D@mn! You sound just like my twin sister. She has said virtually the same thing for YEARS! Medical care is just service rendered by a medical professional. These services are the financial responsibility of the person receiving the services, not the US taxpayers.
(By the way, I LOVE my identical twin sister!)
FREE MONEY!!!! A big ol' pile of free money!!!
Mr. Zerwas (or the reporter) have remembered that the federal governments money also comes from taxpayers, including Texas taxpayers.
Most of those “impoverished Texans” in Medicaid and CHIPS swam across our Southern border.
It is past time to cut their free services.
Before everybody jumps all over us for being heartless monsters who want children to suffer:
Many hospitals in Texas, including the big systems like Harris, have their own insurance plan. If you’re poor, you can chip in a few dollars a month for health insurance. Then you get your care through their hospitals and their clinics and physicians. They offer a variety of plans—HMO types, child-oriented, preferred provider, etc. They get preventive care which keeps major, expensive problems from developing. The important thing is, the poor get care without draining the state budgets altogether, and the hospital gets some compensation.
Even the poor can afford a few bucks for their own care, and when they have some skin in the game, so to speak, they not only avoid treating the ER as a place to watch Oprah reruns all night, but actually begin to act in a responsible way about consuming medical services.
But let’s be honest about this system: the hospitals still do get funding from the state, even if it’s not Medicaid, so it’s not as if the poor suddenly went out to purchase $1500-a-month Blue Cross/Blue Shield private policies.
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