Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Perry says no to Medicaid provisions

This article written by the Daily Texan details governor Perry's decision to opt out of critical provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He was the fifth state governor to opt out of the provisions. Governor Perry's decision was based on the fact that he believes that the federal government is trying to take power away from the states. In the article, Bruce Buchanan, a Government professor at UT explains that there is no middle ground when it comes to Medicaid provisions; that is to say, a person can either receive all of the benefits of Medicaid, or none of them. He believes that this will make governors' decisions difficult to sustain over a long period of time. A Republican student leader at UT believes that governor Perry has made the correct decision because he is protecting the state budget. In contrast, a Democratic student leader at UT believes that the governor is making a move that is in the interests of his career rather than in the interests of the people of Texas.

The issue at hand is an important one, because it will affect the way that we (as a state) approach healthcare in the future. The article gives both sides of the story with little bias so that the reader can draw his or her own conclusions. In my opinion, this article is definitely worth reading.

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