Huffpost Politics

Ted Cruz: Medicaid Expansion Will Worsen Health Care For The Poor

Posted: Updated:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Monday that expanding Medicaid will worsen health care for the poor, despite the fact that the state has the highest uninsured rate in the country.

"Our friends who are saying they want health care do not realize that expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas," he said at a news conference at the state Capitol Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Obamacare expanded Medicaid to cover those making up to 133 percent of the poverty line, but the Supreme Court struck down the penalty that would have deprived states of their federal funding if they do not participate in the expansion. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that by 2019, Texas' Medicaid rolls would increase by 45 percent -- adding almost 1.4 million people who previously did not have insurance -- and state spending would only increase by 3 percent from baseline. The federal government would cover 95 percent of the costs from 2014 to 2019.

Medicaid has lower reimbursement rates, which some doctors reject, but 58 percent of Texas doctors accept at least some patients, according to a 2012 survey.

In a radio interview Monday, Cruz said Medicaid expansion could lead to "violent criminals" being let out of prisons. "If you want state funds to provide for our prisons and law enforcement to incarcerate violent criminals and keep them off the streets, you should be glad we're not signing up for this Medicaid expansion, because every state that does so is going to be regretting it mightily because the pressure is going to crowd out just about every other priority in the budget," he said.

Also on HuffPost:

CPAC 'All-Stars' Have A Way With Words
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Ted Cruz: Obamacare Forces States To Release Violent Criminals ...

Sen. Cruz: Medicaid expansion will put 'violent criminals' back on ...

Texas Governor Rick Perry, Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz ...

Sen. Ted Cruz Joins Press Conference Opposing Medicaid ...

Texas Governor Rick Perry, with US Senators Ted Cruz, John ...

Perry, Cruz, Castro Bros. Face Off Over Medicaid Expansion ...

Dueling Medicaid events pit Perry vs. Castro bros. | Dallas ...

Rick Perry says only three in 10 Texas physicians accept ... - PolitiFact

Perry, Cornyn, Cruz assail Medicaid expansion as unwise | Trail ...

Dueling Medicaid events pit Perry vs. Castro brothers

Key Leaders to Descend on Capitol for Medicaid Events

Perry, Cruz, Cornyn Present United Front Against Medicaid Expansion

Texas governor reiterates Medicaid expansion opposition

Perry, Cruz, Cornyn join forces on Medicaid

Dueling Medicaid events pit Perry vs. Castro bros.

Texas Lawmakers Duel Over Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers Examine High-Stakes Testing in Lower Grades