Medicaid funding

01/11/2014 12:00 AM

01/10/2014 7:07 PM

Your recent article on the effects of Gov. Rick Perry’s rejection of federal money for Medicaid was informative and interesting. It is also interesting that the GOP’s own Perryman Group from Waco estimates that over 10 years $100 billion in funding would result in $270 billion in economic growth. (See: “Medicaid gap leaves Texans with no coverage,” Jan. 1)

The reporter did not include the studies by Dr. Howard Brody of University of Texas Medical School Galveston, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and Billy Hamilton, formerly of the Texas State Comptroller’s office, for Metropolitan Healthcare Ministries of South Texas. These studies conclude that between 8,500 and 9,000 Texans will die annually without Medicaid.

Perry spent millions calling a special legislative session to force through another anti-abortion bill. Perry and his cohorts care more about a potential life in the womb than they do about actual living people.

They made light of the April 1 announcement date, but it should more properly be called Perry’s April Fool’s Day Massacre.

— Warren M. Lynn, Fort Worth

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