Why Perry made the right call on Medicaid

by John C. Goodman & Devon Herrick

Source: The Dallas Morning News

When Gov. Rick Perry announced his opposition to expanding Medicaid, the negative reaction was almost immediate. Our response to the naysayers: Stop, take a deep breath and take a closer look at the issues.

The Affordable Care Act tries to force the states to expand Medicaid to cover most people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Currently, Texas covers children (and some parents) in families up to the poverty level. However, of all the Texans currently eligible for Medicaid, more than half a million individuals are not enrolled.

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