Everything's big in Texas. Even its horrid statistics concerning its citizens' lack of health care coverage:
Texas ranks 46th in the country for health care. It's in a race to the very bottom, dragging its sick men, women, and children with it.
Six million people or 24 percent of all Texans—and 30 percent of those ages 18 to 64—have no health insurance.
Twenty-two Texas counties are among the nation's 30 worst for health insurance coverage.
Gov. Rick (Oops!) Perry has refused the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, 1.5 million Texans will needlessly remain uninsured after January 1.
Texas will join Arizona, Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wyoming in refusing the guarantee that insurance companies follow the ACA's new regulations:
Though Texas will join 26 other states in defaulting to a federal marketplace for purchasing health insurance -- a major component of the Affordable Care Act -- it is one of only six that will not enforce new health insurance reforms prescribed by the law.
I've noticed how quiet the conservative blogs are on this "following-the-law" issue, while other conservative/libertarian blogs have been very diligent in pointing out the misfeasance of Pennsylvania's AG for handing out marriage licenses "in direct contravention of the laws of the Commonwealth."
It is curious how indignant these law and order types are about gay marriage license issues (which harm no one), but are silent as corpses on an issue that will harm men, women, and children.
What's playing out in Texas is nothing more than deliberate and vindictive obstruction in order to make some sort of spiteful political point, while Texans go uninsured, which will result in medical and financial disasters.
This is the GOP's vision for America. Even when there are programs in place to help Americans through difficult medical issues, this political party would rather have Americans suffer life-altering consequences than implement many parts of the ACA. The GOP leadership wants the ACA to fail, even if it means ruining American lives.
Texas' Republican Senator Ted Cruz threatens to shut down the U.S. government unless Congress votes to defund Obamacare.
That's not a political solution to anything; that's extortion.
And it's criminal.
Whenever I visit a conservative blog, I usually find a typically ignorant comment slamming the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (god save it!*). And the ignorant continue this stupidity because they haven't the intelligence to find out for themselves the facts, and they don't look for facts because the facts collide with their ignorance, also known as "cognitive dissonance." But's that's just one of the reasons low-information, low-intelligence folks are attracted to the GOP.
What has this to do with my post on Texas' abominable health care for its citizens?
"Massachusetts also had the lowest percentage of the population without health insurance in 2011, at a mere 4.3% — a whopping 10.8 percentage points below the national rate.
The high rate of insured residents has much to do with a 2006 law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney.
The law provided near universal health care coverage to all Massachusetts citizens.
Among cities with populations of 100,000 or more, three Massachusetts cities — Boston, Worcester and Cambridge — had the lowest proportion of residents without health insurance at 5.5% or less, compared to a national rate of more than 15%."
Massachusetts, a very liberal, very small state compared with Texas, does a whoppingly better job than the very conservative large state of Texas. Massachusetts takes care of its citizens; Texas tells them to go to hell and suffer.
BTW, Massachusetts is among this country's 10 richest states, a stat that most conservatives would be proud of. But no conservative I know of will ever admit to how Massachusetts leads all the very red, very conservative southern states in quality of life issues.
Blinders, you see, keep them blind and happy with their miserable lot under conservative government.
Good luck with that.
*from Charlie Pierce.