Statements about Medicaid

"Expanding Medicaid would require borrowing more money, drastically expanding our deficit."

Says new Medicare billing guidelines "have nine codes for (injuries by) turkeys."

Says rejecting federal aid to expand Medicaid in Texas will "send $9 billion in federal taxes paid by Texans to other states to insure their working poor."

Says Obama called Medicaid "broken" four years ago.

"Expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas."

"Only three in 10 Texas doctors are currently accepting new Medicaid patients."

"A study by the University of Virginia pulls back the curtain on Medicaid’s tragically bad outcomes, including ‘increased risk of adjusted mortality.’"

Says Houston is "home to more doctors, more nurses, more researchers than any other place in the world."

Eighty-five percent of Floridians who will benefit from expanding Medicaid are "single, childless adults."  

Florida is "second in the nation in the uninsured."

"For the first time in eight years, our budget also increases funding for persons with disabilities by $36 million to help more disabled people receive community-based services."

Without a Medicaid expansion, 275,000 more Ohioans could be getting their primary care in emergency rooms, costing "everybody a lot of money."

Federal spending on entitlements "is projected to consume all revenue by 2045."

"Nobody in total is proposing cutting anything. We’re trying to reduce the rate of growth in government."

"Collectively states are spending more on Medicaid than they do on K-12 education."

Says 31 percent of Texas physicians accept all new Medicaid patients, down from 67 percent in 2000.

Says that according to "many reports and even our own data," the state of Texas spent more through Medicaid on orthodontia than all other states combined.

The so-called doc fix in the fiscal cliff deal will cut payments "for treating illnesses disproportionately impacting minorities, including end stage renal disease and diabetes."

"Individuals with mental illnesses die an average of 25 years earlier than those without a mental illness."

Says Walmart employees represent the largest group of Medicaid and food stamp recipients in many states, costing the taxpayer $1,000 per worker.

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