One of the ongoing troubling deficiencies in Texas is the refusal to expand Medicaid. When Texas refused to partner with the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medicaid—80 percent of which would be funded by the federal government—it actually left the poor in Texas worse off. This biennium is on track to do it again.
When the poor and working poor do not have access to adequate affordable health care, the whole state suffers.
Texas has a three-pronged approach to Medicaid. First, it contracts out the existing Medicaid policies to big insurance companies, which rake in significant sums of money for regionally managing Texas Medicaid. Second, they keep eligibility small and narrow. Third, they cut reimbursements to medical and mental health providers, often causing shortages of providers throughout the state.
In addition to the issues you mention in your editorial, we need to care about health care for those who can’t afford it.
Michael R. Chancellor
Round Rock, Texas
I’m a Christian, native Texan, graduate of Dallas Baptist University and writer/editor in central Missouri. While some Christians see public policy as “love of neighbor,” many do not.
Love should indeed motivate all our actions, but Christians should not happily wield the coercive power of the state to push well-intentioned programs. The road to hell …
The state holds the monopoly on violence. If we do not obey its demands or pay its dues, we will be forced to—at gunpoint, with the threat of being thrown in a cage.
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Regarding public schools: We agree a clear-thinking and well-educated society is key to peace and prosperity, but why assume the only way we get there is with government schools? The already bloated system seems to know only a single song titled “We Need More Money,” while national literacy rates are embarrassing and critical thinking is in a supply crunch.
Meanwhile, I tutor a group of homeschoolers whose parents are forced—by taxation—to fund schools they do not use, and that they—reasonably—believe have failed. How is that love? It sounds more like theft.
Were local churches to begin making converts and tithers at gunpoint, while insisting: “This is for your own good! We’re doing this out of love!” it wouldn’t last long. Why, then, are Christians happy to do that very thing when it comes to public policy?
Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.