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For taxpayers there's nothing at all free about health care for the poor.
Many feel one such entitlement is on life support right now chief national correspondent Jim Angle looks at the options tonight.
With protesters just outside the door demanding an expansion of Medicaid health care for the poor several decades Republicans argued no state should expand the program which they called -- -- -- In 2009.
Himself called Medicaid.
A broken system.
Medicaid expansion is simply put a misguided and ultimately doomed it to him to -- the shortcomings of obamacare.
Texas is one of the 26 days that -- refuse to expand Medicaid so far after the Supreme Court ruled the Obama administration could not force anyone to do so.
Perry -- from 1990 to 2010.
National Medicaid expenditures that increase 445%.
While the caseload only increased 135%.
In taxes along the cost of Medicaid has quadrupled in recent decades from some 25 billion a year to more than 282.
Texas senator Ted Cruz says is taking money away from teachers roads water and other vital program.
-- if Medicaid is expanded that is gonna -- a larger and larger share of the state budget.
That will crowd out education and infrastructure.
And law enforcement the Obama administration was initially counting -- an expansion of Medicaid to increase the newly insured.
By some sixteen to seventeen million about half the total -- The program already had problems with the access though.
Medicaid programs everywhere reimburse only 55 to sixty cents on the dollar compared to private care.
So and -- is only 13 of doctors will even see new Medicaid patients.
That's why Republicans argue that have to be reformed.
-- just getting grants from the federal government which -- used to give premium support for the poor to buy private insurance coverage.
Which some -- would be better than the current situation and at least ensure access.
So you've got a lot more people demanding services.
From me it's shrinking network of providers.
It's obviously a recipe for overcrowding.
Long waits for a lot of these Medicaid patients.
Critics have block grants worry about -- worry poor people would suffer because they wouldn't get enough money to buy their own insurance those who favor the -- -- have everything -- -- because they might actually get access to care.
They don't have now.
Jim thank you.
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