Dallas Interfaith Group to State Lawmakers: Expand Medicaid Now

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Dallas Area Interfaith
Interfaith groups from across Texas held a rally for healthcare expansion on February 20.

Dallas Area Interfaith held a news conference this morning at Temple Emanu-El, where more than a dozen faith leaders from the Dallas area gathered to support Medicaid expansion. Since Friday, 60 clergy members from Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations have signed a letter calling on state lawmakers to opt in for the Medicaid expansion offered in the Affordable Care Act. The DAI will deliver the letter tomorrow to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.

The letter reads, in part:

We believe humanity rises to our highest fulfillment as we treat each person with dignity, precisely as we ourselves would hope to be treated. We acknowledge our enduring responsibility to care for one another. As faith leaders, we believe expanding healthcare in Texas should be inclusive, affordable, accessible, and accountable and should strengthen the lives of the working poor and better enable Texans to take care of themselves and their families.

DAI has previously been involved in the expansion of health insurance programs for children, and the Durable Medical Equipment Exchange of Dallas, which repairs and redistributes medical equipment like wheelchairs, walkers and hospital beds. The group was also involved in a rally for Medicaid expansion this past February at the state capital.

"Our political group is not partisan," Rabbi Asher Knight told the Observer, "we work with Republicans and Democrats, but we are not partisan.

"And our faith traditions have come together today to take a political role on an issue that affects millions of people in Texas, affects 66,000 uninsured veterans, 800,000 people who need insurance and are under-insured in Texas, and we believe those numbers and the reality of 20 percent uninsured or under-insured Texas is just not acceptable. And the faith institutions and faith leaders are coming together to make sure our politicians understand the moral implications, the religious implications, the human implications and the voter implications behind this."



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oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Hey G*D Sellers how about Just Praying to JEBUS  Jehovah  and Casper the Holy Ghost or who ever to heal the sick ?

Or Pony up some offering plate  money and start a Charitable Healthcare alternative ?

I am sure the that bundles of money can be donated  to the poor just based on the Property Tax you don't pay !

 

 

 

DocB
DocB

Sorry, Jared, you are just plain wrong.  There are a host of studies that have appeared in quality professional journals over the years that show that Medicaid has improved health outcomes.  Actually, the Texas Legislature has done a pretty good job as legislators go of collecting data on the Star (pregnant women and children), StarPlus (disabled), Texas Star (foster Kids program).  Studies by the Lewin Group and the Institute for Child Health Policy of the University of Florida show improvement in the quality of medical care, cost and health outcomes in these programs.  Texas should be claiming and crowing about the success of a public-private model for caring for its needy citizens.  The issue is how to expand this public private model to cover the 28% of Texans who have no coverage and who presently get care in the most expensive venues (inpatient and ER) with dismal outcomes and increased long range cost.

animas
animas

I agree Medicaid should be "accountable".  It just isn't in Texas, where unwittingly, tax payers  just spent $51 million dollars in fraudulent and /or unnecessary  children's  orthodonture .

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Excellent the Interfaith is taking action!  OOPS is sitting on $9 billion Fed stimulus money and refuses to spend it on caring for Texans who can't care for themselves.  He's a disgusting bastard.

DocJared
DocJared

@DocB

Since the primary outcome of Medicaid turns out to be only the mindless transfer of money from taxpayers to health care providers while leaving patients no healthier but less depressed that medical collections will drive them into bankruptcy, your enthusiasm for the program is understandable.

 Doc Jared

txsouthpaw
txsouthpaw

@jared According to that logic, we should no longer fund the Pentagon.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@jared From the article:

 As the study’s other principal investigator, Katherine Baicker of the Harvard School of Public Health, puts it, the findings are like a health insurance ink blot—people see in it whatever they need to validate their existing position on Obamacare and universal coverage for the poor more generally.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@animas After we found those $700 toilet seats several years ago, we should have shut down the  US military.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@animas 

There's waste in the system?  Ah well screw it then, take away poor people's access to healthcare!

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@DocJared

The primary outcome?  Says who?  You cited ONE study that has only two years of data

animas
animas

Thank you CK.  The DO just had an insightful article about Medicare as a system over run with fraud.  Some of whistleblower David Feinwachs comments about the Minnesota Medicaid system out of control escalating administrative costs may be of interest to you.

animas
animas

If you like seeing little kids oversedated and exploited with unnecessary painful procedures for the purposes of enriching crooks, and if you want to call that "access to healthcare" you are entitled to pay for it.  Personally, I dislike clergy telling me or my representative who or what to vote for.

animas
animas

Yeah profanity as commentary to an article about clerymen is always a winner....

animas
animas

There is one  near by "not for profit" where the CEO makes 5.1 milllion dollars in salary and bonuses.  I am sure that he is pleased with the  prospect of expanding Medicaid without any oversight.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@animas 

My point is, for example with unemployment payments, that just because some people take advantage of it doesn't mean to do away with the program that helps so many in their most desperate time

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@animas 

You poor, poor sensitive thing you!

Shall we escort you to your fainting divan?

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