Rick Perry is hurting Texans
Furthermore, the Texas Medical Center and Texas health care providers just lost out on billions in federal funds under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so Gov. Perry can score political points with the Tea Party.
Currently, hospitals and the entire healthcare system are struggling under the burden of uncompensated care. To the extent possible, hospitals and other institutions pass part of this cost on to those with health insurance. The rest, these institutions must absorb. The ACA addressed this by expanding Medicaid to 1.8 million additional Texans. Implementation of this could have a great impact on the health care industry and our jewel, the Texas Medical Center. These funds could mean new jobs for physicians, nurses, technicians, administrators, janitors and others in the medical community. These funds could mean a boost in desperately needed resources for medical schools and hospitals.
Instead, Gov. Perry has put his desire to score political points with the anti-Washington Tea Party activists above what is best for Texas, Texans, and the Texas Medical Center. This November, the people of Texas have an opportunity to put our economy and health before cheap political stunts by electing new leadership that will better represent all people.
Houston deserves better.