Texas House Votes down Medicaid Expansion
In a behind the door voting session, the Texas House republicans which holds a controlling majority in the Texas house 95 to 55 non-republican members voted overwhelmingly to turn down the Medicaid Expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act. While the GOP controlled house stated that they are vigorously working to figure out a way to find a solution to cover the large amount of uninsured residents they would not be using Obamacare to do it.
In Texas similar to Florida an additional million individuals would be eligible to receive Health care through the Medicaid Expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act. The federal government would cover 100% of the new enrolled Medicaid recipient for the first three years, and then cover the cost at 90% for the future years.
The Department of HHS estimated that within a 10 year time frame it would cost Texas about 15 Billion dollar to cover the cost of Medicaid expansion, however the Government would provide the State 100 Billion dollars in funding. This funding would also help increase the number of Jobs available in the state.
Texas like many other Republican led state is facing a very tough battle. The Republican Governors are adamantly opposed to Medicaid Expansion in the case of Texas, Governor Rick Perry has repeatedly called the current Medicaid system “A broken system that is taking an ever-increasing share of the states governments budget” While many Texas residents and businesses do not want to loose the health care, new jobs, and additionally revenue stream to the state if they expand Medicaid.