by Lenny Leatherman –
Today the Washington Post ran an article written by N.C. Aizenman about what I believe amounts to tacit collusion between officials from the state’s biggest counties.
The Washington Post article stated that, “For years, Texas’s six most populous counties, as well as some smaller localities, have offered free [emphasis added] or low-cost health care for uninsured residents with incomes as much as three times the federal poverty level, or about $57,000 [emphasis added] for a family of three. The cost of the programs: about $2 billion a year.”
Creeping socialism anyone?
If Texas has the highest number of uninsured in the nation, (some say 24 percent) could this socialistic free health care system be part of the problem?
These ‘officials’ fret about the cost of health care, and are scheming for ways to shift a major portion of that $2 billion per year to Midicaid.
Using Bear County as an example – County Judge Nelson Wolff who is (surprise surprise) a Democrat discussed the cost of the free health care that Bexar County provides for 55,000 people at a cost to tax payers of about $106 million a year.
If there was ever an example of a transparent quid pro quo, this is it!
How many votes can you buy with free health care for 55,000 people?
The poor folks in Bexar County shouldn’t have to pay for all that free health care – right? Wolff wants to shift half the cost of the free health care for 55,000 people onto Medicaid. That would free up about $53 million per year that could be used to expand other free services – more free stuff for more votes – right?
What a plan!
Shift the tax burden off the backs of Bexar County tax payers onto those who pay for Medicaid. Judge Wolff could then say, “Look at all the money I saved you tax payers”.
What a guy!
Who wouldn’t vote for Judge Wolff….in sheep’s clothing?