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Thu Sep 4, 2014, 03:39 PM

To Expand Medicaid in Texas, Those Without Insurance Must Vote

There’s really no other way to put this. If you’re in the “coverage gap” – someone who doesn’t have health care because Perry and the GOP declined to expand Medicaid in Texas – and don’t vote, then you’re choosing not to have health care coverage.

If Texas was included the headline below it would read “GOP Losses In 6 States Could Bring Coverage To 2.5 Million Uninsured“.

Instead it says this, GOP Losses In 5 States Could Bring Coverage To A Million Uninsured.

Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion has lately been making progress in unlikely places like Wyoming, where Republicans are being slowly swayed by business groups that it is a good financial deal for their state. But the quickest way to bring Medicaid expansion to the 23 states that have declined it so far would be a new state legislature or governor.

The former can be a little harder to anticipate. And according to some handicapping by Governing magazine’s Lou Jacobson, it doesn’t look like any legislatures are going to flip in a way that would have serious repercussions for Medicaid expansion, anyway, absent a change in the governor’s house. Gubernatorial races, on the other hand, get a lot of national attention and as the head of the executive branch, governors have an outsized influence on the fate of Medicaid expansion.

There are 1.4 million uninsured Texans who would have health insurance if Perry and the GOP would have allowed Medicaid expansion in Texas.

Read more: http://eyeonwilliamson.org/?p=14032

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Sep 4, 2014, 04:42 PM

1. Not holding my breath

They've (uninsured) have had ample opportunity to change their own fate but seem unwilling to do so. If I'm still here election time, I'll be voting all D but to be honest, I hope I'm not.

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Sat Sep 6, 2014, 09:55 AM

2. EOW does a good job on this reality

This is what Greg Abbott was so scared off when he shut down Houston Votes four years ago. And what BGTX is doing now, and what must continue after November. Continuous process, all year long. Register the un-registered, inform them, and turn them out at election time.

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