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Middle Class Families Losing Access to Health Care Under Perry

September 12, 2011 at 9:34 P.M.

While Rick Perry continues to criticize President Obama for providing health security for middle class families, the reality is that health care costs have been rising in Texas, pricing middle class families who currently have insurance out of the market. Also, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, and when uninsured Texans do receive care but don’t pay their bills, the costs of this care are passed on to the insured.

 

REALITY: HEALTH CARE COSTS HAVE RISEN IN TEXAS UNDER PERRY

Texans’ Lack of Health Insurance Places “A Crushing Burden On Hospitals And Doctors Who Treat Patients Unable To Pay” Whose “Costs Are Passed To The Insured,” Causing Insurance Premiums To Increase “More Quickly In Texas Than They Have Nationally Over The Last Seven Years.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

Under Perry, Texas Health Insurance “Premiums Are Well Above The National Average.” [Houston Chronicle, 8/17/11]

 

REALITY: HEALTH CARE COVERAGE HARD TO FIND IN RICK PERRY’S TEXAS

LA Times Headline: “Texas Healthcare System Withering Under Gov. Perry.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

“Across Texas, Health Coverage -- And Health -- Are Eroding Even In Places Where Jobs Are Plentiful.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

  • Chief Executive Of Esperanza Clinic: “We Are At The Breaking Point” Because Many Businesses Don't Offer Health Benefits And Demand At The Clinic Is Skyrocketing. [LA Times, 9/8/11]

Under Perry, “More Than 5.2 Million Texans Live In Areas Designated As Official Health Professional Shortage Areas” And Texas “Ranks 48th Out Of 50 States In The Number Of Physicians Per 100,000 Residents.” [Houston Chronicle, 8/17/11]

 

REALITY: UNDER PERRY, TEXAS HAD THE HIGHEST RATE OF ANY STATE OF PEOPLE WITHOUT INSURANCE

Under Perry, “Texans Increasingly Have Been Priced Out Of Private Healthcare While The State's Safety Net Has Withered, Leaving Millions Of State Residents Without Medical Care.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

2009: Texas Had The Highest Percentage Of People Without Health Insurance Of Any State In America, At 26%. [Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts – 2009, accessed 8/31/11]

  • 2009: Texas Had 6.2 Million Uninsured People. [Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts – 2009, accessed, 8/31/11]

Under Perry, 2000 – 2009: The Percentage Of Texans Without Health Insurance Increased From 22.4% To 26.1%. [State Health Access Data Assistance Center, Current Population Survey Data – 2000 and 2009, accessed 8/31/11]

Under Perry, “The Number Of Texans Who Qualify For Medicaid Has Grown 80 Percent.” [Houston Chronicle, 8/17/11]

 

REALITY: TEXAS HAS 1.3 MILLION UNINSURED CHILDREN

2009: Texas Tied For The Highest Percentage Of Children Without Health Insurance Of Any State In America. [Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts – 2009, accessed 8/31/11]

  • 2009: Texas Had 1.3 Million Uninsured Children. [Kaiser Foundation, Texas State Profile, accessed, 8/31/11]

2007: “Nearly A Third Of The State's Children Did Not Receive An Annual Physical And A Teeth Cleaning” Putting “Texas 40th In A State Ranking.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

Texas Has “One Of The Slimmest Medicaid And Children's Health Insurance Programs In The Country.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

 

REALITY: UNDER PERRY, TEXAS SPENT AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE ON SERVING THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF ITS CITIZENS

Head Of University Of Texas Health System: “The Philosophy Has Been The Less Public Expenditure, The Better.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

Former Texas Pediatric Society President, Dr. Jane Rider: “The Question Seems To Be How Little Can We Fund And Still Have A System… It Seems Like We're Leading The Way Into A Downward Spiral.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

Texas Medical Assn. President: “Texas Just Hasn't Proven It Can Run A Health System.” [LA Times, 9/8/11]

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