Thanks to shortsighted, hypocritical TEApublican idiots like Rick Perry and Ted Cruz, 1.5 million low-income Texas residents will likely be denied healthcare coverage due to Texas Congress’s rejection of the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.
According to Reuters:
The Republican-majority Texas House and Senate on Sunday sent Governor Rick Perry a proposal to prevent the state from expanding its Medicaid program as outlined by President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.
Perry, a Republican, notified the Obama administration last summer his state would not expand Medicaid, which provides healthcare for low-income people. He repeated his opposition in an April news conference at which he called expansion “foolish.”
The proposal, an amendment to a Medicaid-related bill, says state health officials ‘may only provide medical assistance to a person who would have been otherwise eligible for medical assistance or for whom federal matching funds were available under the eligibility criteria for medical assistance in effect on December 31, 2013.’
The House had tacked on the amendment after the Senate had passed a version of the bill without the amendment. Members of both chambers met to work out differences in the legislation.
That House-Senate conference committee chose to keep the amendment, although its members tweaked the language to prevent unintended consequences, said the bill’s author, Republican Senator Jane Nelson.
‘This prevents the expansion of Medicaid,’ she said in a statement.
Watch a report about Perry’s decision to reject the Medicaid expansion in Texas from an April 3, 2013 edition of MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner: