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“The pro­posal to cut re­im­burse­ments paid to (Texas) Med­i­caid providers by 10% is pure pound-fool­ish­ness. ... Med­i­caid gen­er­ally winds up help­ing peo­ple who spend most of their days in the mid­dle class. Ac­cord­ing to the Texas Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, 50%. ... of all the ba­bies de­liv­ered in Texas are billed to the pro­gram. ... Med­i­caid cov­ers twothirds of the el­derly in nurs­ing homes. ... Texas al­ready runs one of the lean­est Med­i­caid re­im­burse­ment pro­grams—one so lean that it doesn’t cover the ac­tual cost of treat­ing Med­i­caid pa­tients.”

—Hous­tonChron­i­cle “By re­fus­ing to im­ple­ment fed­eral health­care re­form, Gov. Rick Scott and In­surance Com­mis­sioner Kevin McCarty are im­ped­ing con­sumer pro­tec­tions that Florid­i­ans are en­ti­tled to re­ceive. Scott claims that if the U.S. Supreme Court up­holds the Affordable Care Act, the state will have plenty of time to pre­pare. But some of the law’s pro­vi­sions are al­ready in ef­fect or will be soon, and this po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated de­ci­sion to block progress un­fairly hin­ders Florid­i­ans’ ac­cess to affordable health in­surance.”

—St.Peters­burg (Fla.) Times

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