Texas Has Worst Health Care in Nation, Report Says. But What Does the Government Know?

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Texas Republicans have been complaining loudly since the Supreme Court decided that the Affordable Care Act passed constitutional muster. The law is a huge overreach by the federal government, it's a "stomach-punch" to the economy, Obama is a socialist, etc. etc. There's even quite serious talk about refusing a Medicaid expansion that would cover an additional 1.5 million poor people, thus foregoing billions of dollars in federal assistance.

The expansion would seem a no-brainer, but that's not what this is about. Texas' fight against Obamacare is about freedom: Freedom from federal interference, the freedom of citizens to do as they please, the freedom to make hyperbolic pronouncements about U.S. policy. Most of all, however, this is about the freedom to have a terrible health care system.

But Texas' health care system isn't just terrible. As we learned yesterday from an annual state-by-state assessment of health care services and delivery by the federal Agency For Health Care Research and Quality, it's the most terrible. That's not an easy distinction to claim. As you can see from this list, we just barely edged out such paragons of effectiveness as West Virginia and Arkansas.

The agency compiled the rankings based on state's scores in 12 categories. Overall, Texas got 31.61 out of a possible 100 points. It did fairly well in maternal and child health measures but preventative care? Not so much. Diabetes treatment? Bad and getting worse. Heart disease? Terrible. Home health? Unbelievably terrible.

The rankings don't delve much into how Texas' health care system got to be so terrible, so feel free to guess. Throngs of people uninsured? A statewide fetish with limited government? Parkland? Whatever the reason, the bottom line remains the same.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman spun the news as best she could. Sure, the score was very bad and underscores the need to improve, but the state is already taking steps in the right direction.

"Late last year Texas received approval for a new effort that will help fund innovative local projects," she told the AP. "Hospitals and other health care providers have come together to form regional partnerships, and they'll soon be sending the state their plans for making better use of Medicaid funds to expand access to preventive services and reduce the need for expensive emergency room care."

So maybe next year we'll have rocketed past West Virginia, then Arkansas the next year. Then again, maybe we should stay at the bottom, just to make a point. You can take your socialized medicine and shove it, Mr. Obama. We'll get by just fine without it. And remember: Don't mess with Texas.

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lisakh
lisakh

Based on my experience with OB care around here, I thought we surely must have the worst OB care in the world. (not even just the nation). 

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Seborrheic eczema is a type of eczema that affects skin on the uppermost areas of the human body including the scalp, face, and the trunk. Like all forms of eczema, seborrheic eczema also causes skin inflammation. This certain type of eczema, however, is the only kind that attacks skin areas which have many sebum or sebaceous glands.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

Ya' got me there RT, I'm sure there are no morbidly obese folks in TX.

Jared Heath
Jared Heath

Hey, don't insult Mississippi like that. Its a far better state...at least people there know a little bit about hospitality and being nice to each other.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

They cured a cancer patient of HIV? I was once cured of eczema from having a wisdom tooth removed.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

Like that 29 year old mother of 5 that dropped dead at the bus station with a heart condition aggravated by morbid obesity?

RTGolden
RTGolden

The 29 yr old mother from Mississippi?  Not sure how her access to healthcare in her home state of Mississippi affects this story, but, more power to ya!

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

As was noted by another poster, here, your rates and participation will likely be conditional on acceptance and implementation of these "protocols". I realize there will always be a certain segment of the population that will respond to this with: "B-b-b-b-but! This is AMERICA!!!! I have a RIGHT to be FAT & UNHEALTHY!" Well, Let them eat cake. Or chicken fried steak.

ItchyJack
ItchyJack

Incentivize.... companies are now rolling out the 'Vitality' and similar health programs, and generally nudging/threatening their employees to participate or face higher insurance rates (is this a tax or penalty?).  Texas Republicans have to love this, no?  It may get interesting if/when the tax on Coke goes up to match that on cigarettes - or perhaps they'll criminalize pork rinds as they do marijuana.  Good luck, indeed, with changing self, as well as group think destructive behavior.

Jeff Fralick
Jeff Fralick

I think it must be their use of title that is the problem. Texas has some of the best health science in the world... The question is who has access to it. 1,000 loaves of bread cannot feed the poor if they are locked away.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Planed to leave. It's called voting with ones wallet

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

The 2010 midterm election, in terms of offices up for election, most resembles the November 2006 election, when 4,399,068 Texans turned out to vote — 33.64 percent of registered voters in the state. Yep - It's all the fault of one political party

Zizi JeanMer
Zizi JeanMer

Worst healthcare, thanks to the republicans and their extreme distaste for healthy citizens. Last in education, thanks to the republicans as well. Lowest wages, thanks to republicans.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

Much of the "busy-work" that Phelps is lamenting about here, the so-called "health care measures", are the meat and potatoes of "preventative care medicine" which is what we'll need to move to as a society if we ever hope to get any sort of control of health care costs in this country. Sooner or later, outcomes in regions that adopt these protocols will raise their scores dramatically in relation to regions that are resistant to them. Don't want to get sick? Be proactive about staying well.It's no surprise in a state where Chicken Fried Steak is practically a sacrament that folks would squeal about those sorts of measures.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

Unless you are a Tea Partier.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

Love how the conversation turned to "let's hate on Texas"   So tell me, what the f**k have you done to help change the situation.  And yes this it directed to Larry and  Jared Heath

Phelps
Phelps

So you are telling me that Texas has figured out how to get young, productive people with disposable income to move in, and then move out when they become a drain on the public resources? Sounds brilliant to me.

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