3,000 Texans Might Die Without Medicaid Expansion, Study Says

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The good news is, you don't need health care when you're dead.
The folly of Texas Governor Rick Perry's decision to opt out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion has been well-documented. Billions in federal funds are off the table. More than a million poor adults won't have access to health coverage. Texas businesses will wind up paying an estimated $400 million in tax penalties.

Useful numbers, but none really capture the human toll of Perry's decision. A better figure for that purpose is 3,035, as in the number of people who will die as a result of Texas' refusal to expand Medicaid.

That's the worst-case scenario predicted in an article published Thursday by researchers at Harvard Medical School and CUNY School of Public Health. Best case, it'll be 1,840.

See also: New Report Details the Incredible Stupidity of Texas' Rejection of Medicaid Expansion

Even for those who don't die, the outcome won't be good. The researchers predict that 184,192 Texans suffering from depression will go undiagnosed, 109,307 diabetics won't get medication, 40,562 women won't get mammograms and 62,610 uninsured individuals will have catastrophic medical expenditures.

But states' rights and all that.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Texas has crossed the break-even line. In six of the past eight years, including the entire tenure of President Barack Obama, Texans got more out of the federal Treasury than they put in. ---Sean Collins Walsh, Dallas Morning News

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

So there you have it.  The fools that hate the feds the most are first in line to take their money.  Hypocrites.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

That $400 million in employer tax penalties looks bogus.  HHS waived those penalties in 2014 and may have to do the same for part of 2015 if sign up does not get in gear.  Once the penalty does start, I would expect most people that qualify for Medicaid will either be cut below the 30 hours threshold, be in companies below the 50 employees threshold or in larger companies that will offer a minimum policy with high co-pays that few employees will take. 

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Hey lookie, Eric Nicholson wrote a shitty libtard propaganda blog post.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

You people are as hypocritical as Perry.  Ruddski, for example, eagerly grabs his Medicare and Social Security benefits, then bad-mouths the federal government for social spending.  Don't bite the hand that feeds you. 

barryguitar
barryguitar

You people are talking about re- patriating the illegally confiscated tax dollars of Texans from the criminal hands of the federal Monster as if that is a bad thing. I don't care what the reason is: stimulus money, disaster relief, corporate bailout, or even rebuilding a governors mansion that future governors (read presidents) will continue to enjoy for future generations. The governor of Texas has very little power or responsibility. I applaud Governor Perry and all his efforts to bring Texas's money back to Texans, bring more Texans from around the world, and bring good jobs for 'em. Gig Em', Sir!


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

It is this kind of wild-eyed statements that indicate the Democrats represent only the very wealthy and the very dependent.  They have lost the middle class, so  they throw haymakers.

"We're all gonna die!"

no, we're not.

We know the entry of 11 million illegal aliens depresses the wages of the poor and entry-level working class. Illegal immigration overwhelms state services, and that too hurts citizens most in need of help. 

Fracking and horizontal drilling help the middle class. Stopping them on federal lands or banning Keystone makes the lower classes pay for the pipe dreams of the upper class.

But it is the outrageous failure of Obamacare that illuminated just how destructive the Left can be when in power.

The Left put the whip hand to the middle.  The Great Unwashed.  

And it stung.

ROFLCopter
ROFLCopter

"Might" or "will".  Strange.  The title of this pile of crap uses the word "might" but the body uses the word "will".


Which one is it, Obama water carrier?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

what a bunch of horseshit.

The money will be available up front for the expansion for a few years.  Then, the money goes away and Texas gets stuck with the unfunded liability.

And our government is running MASSIVE deficits on the backs of working Texans already to "pay" for this idiocy.

So the DO holds up imaginary dead kids.

ruddski
ruddski

Myrna names an anti-illegal-immigration argument using facts that support her argument, and she doesn't even know it.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

More from the same article:


With an exploding population of younger, more urban and increasingly poor residents — and a state government making cuts to its already minimal spending — more Texans will rely on the federal government for basic services in the years to come.

The federal government spent about $9,000 per Texan in 2010. The state spent $2,200 — one of the lowest outlays in the country, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.

“If not for federal money, there just wouldn’t be much provided at all in some public services, and it’s pretty low to begin with,” said Eva De Luna Castro, a budget analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, which advocates for poor and middle-income Texans. “We’re at the mercy of whatever happens in D.C.”


ruddski
ruddski

Myrna, you should be first in line to take a remedial course in just how America works - all of it.

Your ignorance is astounding.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

That's money paid out to the government in the first place! Holy shit you are STOOOOOOPID

ruddski
ruddski

That's my money, honey, forcefully taken from me all my working life, now as planned, I get it back.

Please, educate yourself on payroll taxes, you idiot.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@barryguitar "big government is bad unless its benefiting me or whatever corporation I'm brainwashed into thinking deserves it"

lemonaioli
lemonaioli

Figures that you're an aggie or at least a wannabe. So I guess you just sit in your house all day. Better not drive on those government subsidized roads or send your kids to school. Oh right, let's use what benefits us and get all righteous about the rest.

It's true Perry has very little power but he's sharing the wealth with his cronies and has actual decisions made by self absorbed and in most cases so called Christians. What would Jesus say about the me first way of life?

Texas hasn't seceded yet but the rest of us wouldn't really miss you. Texas likes to think that you lead the country in this, that and the other but only in bringing low paying jobs to the state and lowering the standard of living as well as dumbing down the educational requirements. Hope you're proud of yourself. I finally left Texas and couldn't be happier. While there are some reasonable people there, it's chock full of backward idiots.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@barryguitar  You, no doubt, will be the first to bust the queue, probably knocking down old ladies, to get money from the federal government.  Hypocrite.

ruddski
ruddski

The issues of great concern to progressives aren't all of much concern to us lower forms. Amnesty/immigration? Nah. Climate change? Nah. The Occupy movement was supposed to ignite the country, and income inequality was to become THE great concern.

Just as Obama represents the unions who paid for him - the unions that represent about 12% of American workers - he represents the climate freaks, which consistently occupies the bottom of polled concern.

And before O'Care was forced through, about 80% of insured were satisfied with their insurance - but again policy was crafted for the minority.

And amnesty for low-skill, low-education foreign nationals - that not only increases that horrible inequity, it does so on the backs of legal immigrants - again crafting policy to a minority.

As the saying goes we're all progressives now! Whether we like it or not.

If not for the automatic, racialist approval, this academic man - self-admitted smartest man in the room - would have an approval rating south of 30%.

It's not going to get better as he puts the constitution aside to do what he tells us we demand, no matter what all those polls.

Oh, and the man lies easily, smoothly, and often - just what we were told we were waiting for, right?

Worst. President. Ever. Dangerously so.

ruddski
ruddski

The issues of great concern to progressives aren't all of much concern to us lower forms. Amnesty/immigration? Nah. Climate change? Nah. The Occupy movement was supposed to ignite the country, and income inequality was to become THE great concern.

Just as Obama represents the unions who paid for him - the unions that represent about 12% of American workers - he represents the climate freaks, which consistently occupies the bottom of polled concern.

And before O'Care was forced through, about 80% of insured were satisfied with their insurance - but again policy was crafted for the minority.

And amnesty for low-skill, low-education foreign nationals - that not only increases that horrible inequity, it does so on the backs of legal immigrants - again crafting policy to a minority.

As the saying goes we're all progressives now! Whether we like it or not.

If not for the automatic, racialist approval, this academic man - self-admitted smartest man in the room - would have an approval rating south of 30%.

It's not going to get better as he puts the constitution aside to do what he tells us we demand, no matter what all those polls.

Oh, and the man lies easily, smoothly, and often - just what we were told we were waiting for, right?

Worst. President. Ever.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

And:


In 2001, the federal government gave a combined $41 billion in benefits to Texans enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, according to Census Bureau data.

The cost of those programs more than doubled by 2010, the most recent available data, to $94.2 billion. But the population grew by only about one-fifth.

One reason entitlement spending rose so sharply is that Texas had more poor residents at the end of the decade. The share of Texans living in poverty grew faster than overall population growth and hit 18 percent in 2010, up one-third from a decade earlier.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Give it back, you ignorant fool.  Put up or shut up.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Both of you, put your money where your mouths are and give everything back to the feds; yes, all of it, your Medicare and Social Security benefits, in particular.

ruddski
ruddski

"... folks who are opposed to ACA, the priority is to save money, regardless of the cost in human lives."

One of the ACA's chief selling points was "saving money", Obama said that repeatedly.

Why is it that the chief backers of this law know so little about it?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bvckvs @holmantx  

Let us all know when you phony up the first death to score political points.


roo_ster
roo_ster

@libtard_apologist  

Downtown Dallas high rise?   Oh, she lives in all that racist, segregated housing city of Dallas helped get built while re-segregating the city and defrauding HUD.  

Must be raciss!

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Enjoy all your new fat illiterate illegal alien Mexican "neighbors". Oh wait, you don't have any because you live in a high rise downtown.

ruddski
ruddski

An influx of young "urban" poor.

Oh my, where are they influxing from?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

And lastly, for now:


Texas has several of the nation’s biggest military installations, including Fort Hood and Fort Bliss. A decade of war, combined with a post-Cold War redeployment from overseas bases, has brought a flood of new money.

ruddski
ruddski

It's apparent your mind is more easily boggled than most.

ruddski
ruddski

Myrna is representative of the leftist ignorance of how wealth is created, their focus is on extraction of wealth from those who create it.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Moron. Idiot. I'm sure Eric Nicholson is glad to have Myrna as his biggest fan. LOL congrats Observer libtard bloggers! Too much!

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

@ruddski It's not her fault, ruddski.  Never having cashed a paycheck, she has not seen payroll taxes in action.

ruddski
ruddski

Says the person who has no idea what payroll taxes are. Here's a chuckle, hon.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ruddski  You seem to delight in wallowing in your extreme ignorance and delusional fantasies.

ruddski
ruddski

No hon, you have yet to convince anyone that SS and Medicare are welfare, but in your easily-boggled mind, that's a win.

You seem very proud of your obvious ignorance.

ruddski
ruddski

Myrna, if you don't voluntarily pay double your tax liability, you're a hater.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @barryguitarWhile I rarely agree with Myrna. On ANYthing.  This is 100% right.  I completely despise the argument that Federal taxation is some sort of abomination.  It is One Nation, and its name isn't Texas.

That being said, Myrna dear, you really need to learn how taxes, social security and Medicare work before you go chattering away at people for using the system as it was designed to be used.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Why should they? It's money they paid out to the government in the first place! Wow what a dumb argument.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs @Sotiredofitall @holmantx  

Rather shortsighted - The estimated population of the United States is 317,568,178 so each citizen's share of this debt is$54,344.06.    The National Debt has continued to increase an average of   $2.43 billion per daysince September 30, 2012!


http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/


At least you agree ACA is more government / big business collusion


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx

anybody who quotes H.L. Mencken automatically loses the argument.....

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs @holmantx  


Here's a quandry for you. Opposed to ACA but indifferent as to having either a 100% government-guaranteed single-payer system or a 100% private solution where the government guarantees that the poor are fully covered.  ACA increases the concentration in the insurance and medical markets. Forces consumers to buy into monopolistic marketplaces.  Insurance and medical companies stocks have all gone up since Obamacare passed.


Bankrupting the country so all are equally poor (excluding our elected overlords and their handlers) doesn't seem a good solution.


 Matt Taibbi's  - Griftopia.  

"In the United States, one of the most protuberant and harmful political myths — one shared by subscribers to almost all political persuasions — is the odd, naive idea that big business and big government are permanent antagonists. As a historical and empirical matter, of course, nothing could be further from the truth, a reality thrown into sharp relief by the political machinations underlying Obamacare. The new law is fundamentally anti-competitive and anti-small business, riddled with onerous regulations and handouts to favoured corporations. As usual, the relationship between big business and big government is not one of rivalry, but of symbiosis, routing genuine free markets in favour of collusion."



holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bvckvs @holmantx  

It's quite a screw up.  We let you morons be in charge for 15 minutes and look what you do?

Did you really think the government was competent to administer such a behemoth, given their track record with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security?

You seem to be afflicted with some kind of in-your-face denial of fact syndrome.  The 800 lb gorilla belching at the table thingy.

But that's just a symptom.  What it allows you to do is take things from people.  And there in lies your pound of glee.  You don't give a shit about the poor, the masses.

You suffer from several items on the ancient list - the seven deadly sins.  And Mencken was right.

"The liberty to have and hold property is not one that [today's so-called 'Liberals'] recognize. They believe only in the liberty to envy, hate and loot the man who has it." H. L. Mencken

And that is what motivates you.  Energizes you. 

You are a pox on the human condition.

ruddski
ruddski

Surely you're accustomed to the ridicule by now, Brutus, it being the story of your well-documented "life" on those parts of the web still available to you.

ruddski
ruddski

"That's another funny thing about anti-ACA folks - they don't realize how much they need healthcare until it's too late."

You've directly contradicted your president, you've confused the class divisions Obama has defined for you. You didn't listen. You've lost the useful part of idiot.

No wonder Obama is so frustrated.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bvckvs  But fear not, Leftists.  It will take 50 years to put a bullet in this entitlement:

Britain’s media, in particular the Washington Post–Huffington Post hybrid The Guardian, is publishing near-panic-attacks alerts daily about the conservative plan, which comes as the British government scales back on entitlement spending, hoping to avoid a Greek-style financial meltdown.

snip!

But the Left yammers on:

New chief executive calls for “opening up” of Britain's National ..

.BBC News - Why not... privatise the NHS

The NHS reforms still amount to privatisation - The Guardian

Farewell to the NHS, 1948-2013: a dear and trusted friend finally ...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@bvckvs @holmantx  

Ah yes.  the State.

for our own good.

the same loving bunch who ran up $17 Tril in debt they recognize and $100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities they don't.

And why is there this thing called the ACA?

Because Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security has been gutted by the same State that cooked up the ACA to replace them.  Except the generations behind the Boomers cannot/WILL not work long hours to pay it back or even keep up, much less tote the Boomers who are now net consumers of the new and improved entitlement.

Unfortunately for the blithering idiot Left, the ACA performed a faceplant out of the chute, before you could get the narcotic needle in the arm.

It would have been FAR cheaper to just give free healthcare to the 40 mill supposedly uninsured, which is a joke anyway.  

Not even the "uninsured" are signing up because they like immediate free and continuing access to the Public hospital system.

Who wants to fill out those pesky forms and then not have access to the best doctors at Parkland?

You are so full of shit your eyeballs are floating.


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