Coming on the heels of Texas being ranked last in service delivery in the country (yes, behind Oklahoma, Mississipi and Arkansas), and a sharp decline in Medicaid acceptance, the governor in has decided to go ahead and turn down millions of matching dollars in medicaid funding. Keep in mind this doesn’t mean Texas won’t participate in the Affordable Care Act – the federal government will setup the exchanges, while other states will receive funding.
No person with a speck of intelligence would turn down billions in federal dollars that would be a boon to our economy and help Texans,” spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña said in a statement. “… Rick Perry’s Texas solution is to let Texans stay ill and uninsured. That is not a health care plan.”
Ironically, by turning down this funding (for purely political reasons), the governor has actually opened Texas to increased involvement form the Federal Government.