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-The federal takeover of our nation’s health care system is only the largest of many health policy challenges facing our state. Texas must continue to resist Obamacare and unaffordable expansions of government programs such as Medicaid.
-It is critical that government health care programs for our most needy citizens remain solvent so that every Texan has access to health care when they need it. At the same time, we must ensure that the private sector is able to offer affordable care to as many Texans as possible by creating an economic environment sustained by job growth.
-Texas ranks 50th in the nation for health insurance coverage, with 24 percent of the state’s population uninsured (i.e. living without private or public health insurance) according to 2011 data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
-Even as Medicaid enrollment has more than doubled since 1999, the state’ uninsured rate has remained the same. Texas must consider whether government programs are not an effective way to improve access to health care.
-It is important to recognize that health insurance and Medicaid are not the only forms of access to healthcare – charitable care, for example, accounts for a large proportion of persons treated in Texas. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to access to healthcare.
-Building an economic environment in which affordable health care is accessible to as many Texans as possible is critical.

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