Study Reveals Healthcare Cost In Texas Will Go Up if Reform Fails

TexashealthcareLots of ‘ Tea Party’ supporters may be jumping up and down and cheering  because in the latest mark up session of the Senate Health Reform Bill, the ‘Public Option’has been gutted. While it may be a temporary victory, mark our words it will be short lived… It’s a sad fact that some of life’s basic necessities are seen as political undertakings and not as human right imperatives. Access to food clothing, shelter and health should not be a political debate in any society and when they do become contentious issues we all pay a price. Bottomline, if I’m not healthy its just a matter of time before you’re not healthy.

Case in point, lets take a look at the Swine Flu outbreak that most recently reared its head in the border city of Eagle Pass. As some of you know several high school football players came  down with symptoms, resulting in the cancellation of one of its games.  Now in a place like Eagle Pass, some people have Health insurance while many do not. Sure the kids may be eligible for some sort of medicaid, but what about the adults in their lives?  What about their parents, who may have taken on some of the germs of their children and show no signs of illness so they don’t make a trip to the emergency room as suggested by our tea party friends?

Lets say those parents who now laced with disease and no healthcare  shows up to work at the local restaurant where they wash dishes or serve you food?  Perhaps those parents are driving your children to school or elderly parents to the old age home.  You get the picture. Who wants an infected person walking around engaging us? We all pay a steep price.

We’re told to wear a condom when we have sex, because we have no way of knowing the person we are just started dating is clean and free of venereal disease or even worse HIV.  many a person has gotten hit with a STD because the person they were intimate with didn’t know they were infected. The end result has been devastating.  Some of it is plain ole neglect, but a lot of it is caused by a person who felt funny, smelled funny and may have even experienced a little discomfort, making a decision not to spend hours in an emergency room or a once a week free clinic. That person like so many of us who don’t have health insurance probably hoped that whatever was bothering him would disappear. Others thought that if they embraced some outdated, inefficient homemade remedy they could get by. Well, the proof is in the pudding,  STDs are at all time highs and those diseases are preventable..

What we need to worry about is what  happens when we have airborne diseases that aren’t preventable? Even if you have Health insurance doesn’t mean that  1-You are immune to the effects of  disease and 2-that you will get all the treatment needed to  if the sickness takes hold. 3– the person who is uninsured and infected may cause widespread havoc while we celebrate that our tax dollars weren’t used to provide basic preventative care for the uninsured.

Becareful what you wish for..

Something to Ponder

-Davey D-

 

Study: Cost higher if health reform fails,study says

By TODD ACKERMAN Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle

A week after a Texas agency reported health care reform legislation would cost the state’s Medicaid program an extra $20 billion over the next 10 years, a non-partisan foundation says inaction will exact a greater price.

In a study being issued today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation projects that by 2019, Texas’ ranks of uninsured, public program spending and individual and employee health care expenses will balloon if reform isn’t passed.

“People worry about losing what they have now, but they need to remember that what they have now is likely to change,” said Bowen Garrett, a senior researcher with the Urban Institute’s health policy center, which conducted the study for the foundation. “Many who have employee-sponsored insurance will lose it as health care costs go up, and those fortunate enough to keep their plans will pay higher out-of-pocket costs or earn smaller wages as employers decide whether to cut on wages or benefits.”

Looking to 2019

The study, which estimates how coverage and cost trends would change from now to 2019 if health care isn’t reformed, found out-of-pocket expenses could increase by more than 35 percent in every state. It found middle-class working families would be hardest hit.

According to the study, the effects in Texas within 10 years include:

• As many as 8.3 million residents would be uninsured, up from 6 million this year.

• The average resident’s health care spending would increase as much as 81 percent.

• Employers’ premiums would increase as much as 121 percent.

• Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program spending would increase as much as 117 percent.

• Uncompensated care would increase by as much as 138 percent.

Health care reform’s financial effect on Texas emerged as an issue last week when Republican Sen. John Cornyn told the Senate Finance Committee that Senate legislation expanding Medicaid coverage would cost Texas $20 billion over 10 years, citing a report by the state’s Health and Human Services Commission.

‘Unique challenges’

A day later, Texas Gov. Rick Perry upped the figure to $60 billion, citing the commission report’s figure if any of the legislation being considered in Congress passes.

A spokeswoman for Perry didn’t dispute the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation figures Tuesday but stood by the governor’s stated concerns.

“I don’t think the governor is against health care reform,” said Katherine Cesinger, Perry’s deputy press secretary. “He just believes states have specific, unique challenges and ought to be solved on a state-by-state basis, not a one-size-fits-all basis.”

At the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman also stood by the commission’s report. She said the commission agreed with the foundation study that population growth will increase Texas’ Medicaid population to 4.5 million by 2009, but noted the Senate bill would add 2.5 million to that amount.

todd.ackerman@chron.com

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