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Friday, November 06, 2009

Rick Perry: Let Texas Guide Health Care Reform. His State Leads Nation With Over 25% Uninsured

Texas's Rick Perry and Mars's Newt Gingrich have an op-ed in The Washington Post this morning presenting the Lone Star State as an example of all the whiz-bang health-care innovation being generated at the state level. "Texas," they write, "has adopted approaches to controlling health-care costs while improving choice, advancing quality of care and expanding coverage." Sounds awesome! The evidence is a tort reform bill that the state passed in 2003. And how's that working out?

Well, Texas currently leads the nation in the rate of uninsured, with more than 25 percent of the state's residents lacking health-care coverage. If you limit the analysis to residents under age 65, which takes seniors covered by the national Medicare program out of the data, 28 percent of Texans are uninsured.


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