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Texas healthcare system withering under Gov. Perry

Discussion in 'Politics and Current Affairs' started by keale18, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. keale18

    keale18 Member
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    By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau September 8, 2011, 3:56 p.m.

    Reporting from San Angelo, Texas—

    When Texas went to court last year to block President Obama's healthcare overhaul, Gov. Rick Perry pledged to do everything in his power to "protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers." Texas, he said, could manage its own healthcare.

    But in the 11 years the Republican presidential hopeful has been in office, working Texans increasingly have been priced out of private healthcare while the state's safety net has withered, leaving millions of state residents without medical care.

    "Texas just hasn't proven it can run a health system," said Dr. C. Bruce Malone III, an orthopedic surgeon and president of the historically conservative Texas Medical Assn.

    More than a quarter of Texans lack health insurance, the highest rate in the nation, placing a crushing burden on hospitals and doctors who treat patients unable to pay.

    Those costs are passed to the insured. Insurance premiums have risen more quickly in Texas than they have nationally over the last seven years. And when compared with incomes, insurance in Texas is less affordable than in every state but Mississippi, according to the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund.

    That has taken a toll, as nearly a third of the state's children did not receive an annual physical and a teeth cleaning in 2007, placing Texas 40th in a state ranking by the fund. Over the last decade, infant mortality rates have risen in Texas while declining nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Seniors, despite guaranteed Medicare coverage, also are suffering, as nearly 1 in 5 ends up back in the hospital within a month of being released, one of the highest readmission rates in the country and a leading indicator of systemwide problems.

    Texas healthcare system withering under Gov. Rick Perry - latimes.com

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  2. nlsme

    nlsme Android Expert

    Way to go Texas...
  3. keale18

    keale18 Member
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    Yep you Texans just dont know how good you got it.
  4. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

    Does this surprise anybody? He's probably as proud of this as he is of being the leader in new minimum wage jobs.
  5. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday

    Hmm well that's a very important topic that opponents can really target.

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