Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Medicaid: What will it take to resolve the Issue?

The Medicaid issue that has hit Texas in the couple of years is similar to a relationship between two people, there is not any compromise. Yes, Texas has a double-digit billion dollar deficit that it will have to fight to come back from, but at what risks will the state’s government take to see that this will happen.

Texas is at the top of the charts as states with uninsured people that is leaving their state’s boundary. There are also many statistics about who these Medicaid cuts will affect, but that is all on paper. State legislators do not have to walk down the city hospitals and senior homes to get a realistic view of who their decisions will actually hurt. By making these cuts, Texas is clearly making a statement saying lives are less important than saving money.

On the other side of the spectrum Medicaid is one of the major state-funded programs that Texas is providing. By slimming it down or eliminating Medicaid, could this really be the answer to a better tomorrow. It could possibly offer a better solution to past plans that have failed. Without Medicaid, doctors could actually get the appropriate reimbursement that they deserve.

Whatever the solution may be, both sides of the spectrum would have to sit down and discuss the pros and cons to each other. At the same time, both sides would have to give a little to gain a lot for the future. Yes, it will be difficult at first, but it will give our children for tomorrow a jumpstart in life.

Texas health-care advocates protest cuts to children's Medicaid

Johnny Fobbs

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