Saturday, October 01, 2011

Perry Blames the Uninsured for Ignoring His "Options"

From the New York Times:
“Texas measures its health care success by the options that are provided for coverage and the efforts to create ones that are affordable. Ultimately, it is the consumer’s choice whether to utilize these options.”

-- Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Rick Perry
  • leads the nation in the number of uninsured residents
  • has the third-lowest percentage of people covered by their employers (50% compared to a national average of 60%)
  • spends less per capita than all but one other state on Medicaid, the joint state-federal insurance program for the disabled and poor children.
  • an estimated 6.2 million people — one-quarter of the state’s population — are uninsured, including 1.3 million children.

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