Texas Governor Rick Perry Compares Medicaid Coverage to Drowning Victims on the Titanic
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has repeatedly refused to expand Medicaid, a medical coverage program that he is now comparing to the Titanic disaster, in which over 1,500 people drowned to death.
According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, more than one million Texans would have medical coverage under the expansion of Medicaid in Texas, reported The Brownsville Herald.
In 2012, Texas had the second highest rate of uninsured residents in the U.S., with 24.6 percent, according to a Census Bureau report released in Sept, reports The Dallas Morning News.
About 6.4 million Texans were uninsured during 2012, which was second only to California with 6.8 million uninsured. The difference in 2013 is that California is expanding Medicaid, which will likely drop its numbers and give Texas the title of the most uninsured.
But those numbers did not sway Gov. Perry during his recent speech about Medicaid expansion at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“It’s like putting 1,000 more people on the Titanic when you knew what was going to happen,” said Gov. Perry, noted The New York Times.
Gov. Perry did not explain how providing medical coverage would result in the deaths of 1,000 people.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) also condemned the Medicaid expansion, but Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) defended his decision to expand Medicaid in his state.
“I always try to put myself in the shoes of somebody else to say: ‘How would I feel if I didn’t have health insurance? Are you kidding me?’" said Gov. Kasich. “It’s going to save lives. It’s going to help people, and you tell me what’s more important than that."