More Than 300,000 People in Dallas County Would Get Health Insurance Under Obamacare, But Not In Rick Perry's Texas

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Some six million Texans are one health emergency away from financial ruin, and the state of affairs in Dallas County isn't any better. Nearly 30 percent of its residents are uninsured.

That's 672,681 of our neighbors whom the health insurance markets have excluded, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers.

That number could be cut drastically with the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, derisively known as Obamacare to its opponents, according to a recent report from a couple of demographers out of Rice University. In fact, in Texas the ranks of uninsured would be halved by 2014, even while allowing for undocumented immigrants, who aren't eligible, and for moderate enrollment. In Dallas County, the uninsured would shrink from 28 percent to 14 percent. That means more than 300,000 previously uninsured neighbors of ours could get health insurance. But Governor Rick Perry says that won't happen on his watch.

"Neither a 'state' exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better 'patient protection' or in more 'affordable care,'" he wrote in a statement. "They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care."

This comes from the governor of a state with the highest percentage of uninsured people, and the decision has been left to him. One of the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on ACA is that it leaves the expansion of Medicaid for adults to the state's discretion. Since Perry has decided to opt out, you might as well cut the potential gains in Texas and in Dallas County by half, the researchers say, excluding the poor adults who are among those who need coverage the most. Meanwhile, higher income families would continue to have their private insurance subsidized.

"...the number and the socio-economic profile of the Texans who will gain coverage could vary dramatically depending on the decision made by Texas elected officials
on Medicaid expansion," they write.

Either way, we pay for the uninsured. We pay when they show up in the emergency room with an untreated and out-of-control ailment. We pay when the hospital writes off what they can as bad debt. And we pay when our insurance rates go up because the hospital needs the extra revenue from the insurer or from the county in the form of local taxes. So the cycle continues, pushing health insurance further and further from the grasp of those who could not afford it to begin with.

Without the Medicaid expansion, the entire purpose of the ACA is defeated. Which, let's face it, must make Perry very, very happy.



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sophee
sophee

If we deny health care to certain groups of people, are we talking genocide?

Dave Brill
Dave Brill

Rick Perry is a dick, he gives Texans a bad name.

Phillip Scheldt PhD
Phillip Scheldt PhD

AGREE... It has ALWAYS amazed me when I hear we are going to add X new patients to hospitals and doctors... Did I MISS something... are we immigrating an entire country in one day?

roo_ster
roo_ster

Too many folks mistake health insurance for health care.  Right now many of the uninsured receive health care without insurance.  Some even pay for it. (Crazy, I know.)  One thing found in places that have expanded health _insurance_ access via gov't fiat and taxpayer dollars is that demand for health _care_ goes up.  When (not if) gov't reimbursements do not keep up with the health care/gov't subsidy inflation cycle, the number of providers willing to accept the insurance will plummet.  You end up with higher costs for all. 

Joni Espinoza
Joni Espinoza

Pls shout hard and loud for Rick Perry to give us the best healrh care in the Modern World and that he allows Casinos in rural areas where there simply are no jobs.

Kelly Hanna
Kelly Hanna

This law is a huge mistake. We're not adding anyone to the uninsured rolls, they are already there. Obamacare is bleeding the Medicare system for half a trillion dollars and promises to double the cost of YOUR health insurance. Is this what you want? How about someone else deciding whether or not you get surgery? Isn't that something you want to decided for yourself? You supporters better think damn hard about what you are asking for, you might just get it and hate it.

MisterMean
MisterMean

This is from someone who enjoys tax paid health care.  Oh yes he is also taking his retirement pay too I believe.  The DMN had a interesting piece by J. Floyd regarding his latest appearance/mad rantings too.  Perhaps he is still on those meds for his back surgery.  Rick-pay back Texas for your failed bid for the GOP presidency at the tax payers expense-what a welfare queen!

Josiah Cline
Josiah Cline

So we can't pay our bills to other people now so we're going to add 300,000 people to our bills? We fail at helping people already, how is this going to work? Are there doctors somewhere we don't see?

Bill Weber
Bill Weber

Now why would poor people want health care? Do poor people really want to live longer?

Being Meg
Being Meg

We are in Koch country where we have to pay taxes to drive on roads, pay taxes in the form of traffic fines and court costs to make up for what the Koch-lovers won't pay, pay some of the highest ad valorem taxes on property in the nation, build Taj Mahal courthouses, and give corporations and wealthy huge tax breaks, but refuse to ensure our brothers and sisters in Christ (if we are Christians) have enough nutritious food to eat, a decent home, and medical care. Our priorities are just sad. When I see Rick Perry pray, I believe God sends the exact opposite of what he asks for. I believe many people of Texas are hurting because of the Koch Bros & Friends contempt of the poor.

Scott Hammonds
Scott Hammonds

I might not disagree with Perry on Obama care but I do Mike F on Term limits. on National congress too. Should be a freaking Amendment to the constitution.

Will Tillman
Will Tillman

Vote pRick Perry out of office. Problem solved.

Michael Faulkner
Michael Faulkner

Rick Perry is the perfect example of why we need term limits...or an IQ test for voter eligibilty.

Scott Hammonds
Scott Hammonds

I read the article by one of the most liberal rags I've ever read and it's full of nice missleading statements and zero hard data. They use words like "excluded" w/o explaining it."uhm exaclty who excluded these people from getting insurance and for why and what are the break downs?" Ie what percentage are illegals? what percentage are unemployed and refused cobra? what percentage where denied based on what reasons? etc.

Scott Hammonds
Scott Hammonds

Excellent choice of words barbara Dakin. "entitled" shows exactly the mindset of so many that make up the democratic party.. not earned or worked or deserved..your just automatically entitled to it...

McCord Fluitt
McCord Fluitt

Pro sports owners are entitled to having tax payers help pay for their team's stadiums. Privately owned oil companies are entitled to taking farm and ranch land to build the Keystone Pipeline. Those people fighting to keep their land aren't what you would call liberal.

Crystal Means
Crystal Means

That's why we pay taxes and tolls people, that's how we can afford it...Rick Perry says no to every damn thing anyway so what's one more thing?

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

then WHY are so MANY getting FREE healthcare services at Parkland?  Way more than a measley 300,000 folks, and the INSURED policy owners are paying for their healthcare already.

ObverseDaFactsJack
ObverseDaFactsJack

We can't allow poor, uninsured, non-white people to get insurance in Texas!

 

After all, we got a good ole white boy / Republican / insurance company puppet aristocracy to maintain. Just ask the guy with the big hair and the racial epithets painted on his rocks.

Barbara Dakin
Barbara Dakin

Everyone should be entitled to medical care. Medical care is still expensive with insurance which defrays some of the cost. Especially in the event of some catastrophic illiness or injury. Is the Governor acting in the best interest of the people?

Alison Techman
Alison Techman

non-insured people still get sick like everyone else and cost all the people that are insured money. the only person the patient protection / affordable care act really hurts are the insurance companies.

Alison Techman
Alison Techman

did you anti-Obamacare people even read the article? do you fact check or do you just believe anything a republican says about the affordable care act?

Toni Noland Fletcher
Toni Noland Fletcher

Thank you Gov Perry! One of the many reasons I voted for you! Romney 2012!!!!!!!

Dave Ybanez
Dave Ybanez

Terrence, why don't you answer the question? Nothing is "affordable" when you have jack sh!t in your pocket. SMDH. when will people shut their mouths and open their damn eyes?????????

Tigris Steph
Tigris Steph

Smh. Who is he to determine who gets coverage? How dare he. What a douche. Typical Texas Republican behavior. Shameful.

Terrence Wilsön
Terrence Wilsön

Clarissa have you incurred any serious medical expenses? There's a real good reason it's called the Affordable Care Act..

McCord Fluitt
McCord Fluitt

We can't afford this. How are we going to pay for the buildings,roads and schools we build for people in other countries? Not to mention all the US tax dollars that disappear into the pockets of the leaders of those countries.

Clarissa Salazar Dyson
Clarissa Salazar Dyson

Question for the supporters....who is going to pay for this? Since when is it the governments place to take care of us?

blahblahblah
blahblahblah

"They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care."

 

So it's ok to to green light that medical marijuana thing now, since that's a federal thing and we are trying to separate from that.....right?

plankton
plankton

We might have even more uninsured down here once Illinois finishes their effort to scrub the cheats (people unqualified or presently not living in Illinois) off of their medicaid rolls.

Sheridi Lester
Sheridi Lester

I love my state, but this guy is one of the few things I hate about it.

Steve Hunter
Steve Hunter

Depressing. Yet he'll put on a cowboy hat in 2014 and get re-elected.

Dave Ybanez
Dave Ybanez

Obamacare has been scored more than double by the CBO and the DB thing hasn't even been implemented. Who's gonna pay for this? Why are you defending something that is based in lies. Why don't people realize what the hell is going on and quit with this stupid "us against them" attitude? We are gonnna reap what we sow.

Angelica Navarro
Angelica Navarro

Yep...he is a complete piece of garbage. I HATE this man.

Tim Smathers
Tim Smathers

Perry and many others would rather see the country fail than Obama succeed at anything.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

This is why he needs to be tossed out of office in 2014..

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

I'm not a big fan of nationalizing anything. Or subsidies.  However, I only had to do some quick comparisons on my pay stub to change my tune on single-payer healthcare.  My health insurance, just MY portion of it, not the half my employer pays, is almost 10x's what medicare/caid takes out of my check.  So, yeah, institute a national single-payer system, increase the medicare/caid payroll contribution 800% and make the insurance companies compete on that field.  If someone doesn't want to be on the national program give them an opt-out option with some teeth to it. (not what ACA has currently).

I don't like or agree with a lot of things President Obama stands for or advocates, however, my disagreement with him on this issue is not that he tried to make a change, but that he didn't go far enough.

rdfry1
rdfry1

If the new health care is so great why are the pols not required to participate?

bobmounger
bobmounger

The ACA is moot. US healthcare is more than 2x the cost of any other country in the world. We'll end up with the 1% with private doctors, & the rest of us going to stripmall clinics for stiches & antibiotics, but off to Thailand or Costa Rica for anything more serious. Read Dean Baker, he gets it. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Are these assumptions of people signing up based on the same predictions that saw millions of people signing up for the first high-risk pools (which turned out to have what was it, barely 100,000 nation wide?)

WashHater
WashHater

 @roo_ster Health care and health insurance can not be uncoupled from each other. The idea that it can is silly and a waste of everyone's time.

sophee
sophee

 @rufuslevin It's free because the taxpayers are paying for it. This protects the profits of insurance companies, which is the real key behind the health care debate.

jeneheffer
jeneheffer

 @plankton We have cheats here, plenty of them, plus  2 doctors  near Dallas who have scammed a record amount from medicaid and medicare in this country,  millions of dollars. No one is turned away from healthcare here in Texas, insurance or no insurance!

 

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @RTGolden1 And, doing that would shore up medicare/medicaid.  It's all these young people who don't really use much coverage that make these programs feasible.  We privatized those lucrative young'uns and throw the expensive old people on the federal load.  And, we dare cry, how unfair it is to help these people

icowrich
icowrich

 @rdfry1 What do you mean?  Pols do have insurance, which in in compliance with the ACA. 

icowrich
icowrich

 @Mr_Hand  @everlastingphelps It costs nothing to enroll in Medicaid.  Of course, there are likely copays and such.  Still, people are FAR more likely to enroll in Medicaid at no cost than to purchase high risk pool insurance.

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