Perry: No Medicaid expansion, no state health exchange

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  1. freeatlast

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    Of course. Why would we?
     
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    This is probably the only good thing that he has done since being governor. Now if he will seek laws like Arizona to deal with the illegals arresting them instead of having the current sanctuary cities and repeal the law he passed giving every illegal child 100,000 dollars for free tuition at tax payer expense for college maybe, just maybe it could be said he was a good governor.
     
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    from http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/18/news/economy/poverty_perry_texas/index.htm

    (Poverty) has increased in Texas while Rick Perry has been governor.
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry likes to brag that his state is an economic powerhouse.
    But don't tell that to the nearly one in five Texans who are living below the poverty line.

    While it's true that Texas is responsible for 40% of the jobs added in the U.S. over the past two years, its poverty rate also grew faster than the national average in 2010.


    Texas ranks 6th in terms of people living in poverty. Some 18.4% of Texans were impoverished in 2010, up from 17.3% a year earlier, according to Census Bureau data released this week. The national average is 15.1%.


    And being poor in Texas isn't easy. The state has one of the lowest rates of spending on its citizens per capita and the highest share of those lacking health insurance. It doesn't provide a lot of support services to those in need: Relatively few collect food stamps and qualifying for cash assistance is particularly tough.
    "There are two tiers in Texas," said Miguel Ferguson, associate professor of social work at University of Texas at Austin. "There are parts of Texas that are doing well. And there is a tremendous number of Texans, more than Perry has ever wanted to acknowledge, that are doing very, very poorly."


    Perry, for his part, believes that creating jobs is the best way to help every Texan. The state is doing "everything we can to ensure that every Texan who wants a job has one," a spokeswoman for the governor said.


    Poor in the Lone Star State


    A combination of demographic and economic factors contribute to the high poverty rate in Texas, where many families, particularly in the southern swath, live in ramshackle housing with no utilities or indoor plumbing.


    More than half the state are minorities, many of them Hispanic. This population often has lower levels of education, making it harder for them to escape poverty, said Steve Murdock, sociology professor at Rice University. And the state's population is younger and the families there larger, on average, which also puts them at greater risk of being poor.
     
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    So a state with a huge illegal Mexican immigration problem also has a high poverty rate?

    And you're surprised because...?
     
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    Bill while I am no fan of our current governor to be fair about this article the truth is that we have added so many illegals to the state that it drags down the stats so those stats are not correct when placed against states with fewer illegals then we have. Our actual population of Hispanics is about 40% and at least 25% of the population is illegal so there is no comparison.
     
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    Interesting comment. Do you have links to support your comment? If the percentage is true, what does this say about the Perry administration enforcing laws against owners hiring illegal aliens. I assume Texas has such laws. I do not blame the illegal aliens for taking jobs. I do blame people who hire them.
     
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    So illegal immigrants are flooding the entire U.S. with Obama doing everything - legal and illegal - that he can to encourage it...

    Including suing states that try to enforce the law...

    And Crabby wants to blame Rick Perry? :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    :laugh: My sentiments exactly. States that create jobs will usually get an influx of immigrants and poor looking for work.

    Probably find the same thing in huge states like Florida and California too.
     
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    You must not keep up with current events. The Obama administration has deported many more illegal aliens than Bush ever did.

     
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    Two points. I think Obamacare is a nightmare of complexity that will drive people out of the medical profession and raise healthcare costs through the roof. But, with that said, what will the states whose governors have refused to participate in the Medicaid funding do with those who don't have health insurance and can't afford to buy it? There has to be something available for those who are without the means to purchase very expensive health insurance (health insurance is much more expensive in Texas due to the 25% of Texans who have no health insurance and use emergency rooms for their care - this drives the cost up for everyone). My wife is too young for medicare and my health insurance (COBRA) ran out on July 1st. A policy for her similar to the one we had in California will cost over $1,000 per month! That really cuts into a fixed retirement income. Something has to be done, even if it is lowering the Medicare age to 60, or, as Obamacare does, increase Medicaid funding for those caught in the squeeze, like us.

    The percentage of illegals in Texas is 14%. That is lower than California (25%) but higher than Arizona (4%). Of course Texas has the longest border with Mexico of any state, so it is logical that more illegals will cross into Texas than other states.
     

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