Statements about Health Care

"Texas ranks: #1 in worker deaths, #1 carbon emissions, #50 in high school graduates, #50 in funding for mental health patients."

Says if Texas abortion measure passes, "someone living in El Paso would have to drive 550 miles each way to San Antonio for something as simple as cervical cancer screening."

"Abortion is the second-most conducted surgical procedure in this country."

Says a "rape kit" can be used to "clean out" women, "basically like" dilation and curettage.

Says it's "estimated that 300 babies a year are sent home from the hospital with an unrecognized congenital heart defect; it is the most common birth defect in America."                   

Says uncompensated health care costs absorbed by Texas hospitals are adding $1,800 a year to Texas private insurance rates.

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.

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

Says the Democrats told the Catholic Church that they’ll use federal powers to shut down church charities and hospitals if the church doesn’t change its beliefs.

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

Says Texas has the most uninsured people of any state -- 6 million.

Says Texas has the nation’s most uninsured residents.

Says Texas is "last in mental health expenditures."

Says Texas is "dead last in support for mental health."

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.

Says real estate taxes were put in place to pay for Obamacare.

Says that under the new healthcare law, full- and part-time workers will be required to buy insurance costing $375 to $1,000 a month, starting in 2014.

"We’re talking right now about a $12 billion hole in our current, so-called balanced" state "budget."

Says the Central Health district's tax rate is the "lowest among the largest counties in Texas, and it will continue to be the lowest" if voters approve a proposed tax increase.  

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