Rep. Garnet F. Coleman Responds to Sen. Cornyn's Statement on Cost to Texas State Government

Style News Wire | 2/26/2010, 5:50 p.m.
Representative Garnet F. Coleman released the following statement today in response to Senator John Cornyn's statement about a cost estimate ...

Representative Garnet F. Coleman released the following statement today in response to Senator John Cornyn's statement about a cost estimate prepared by Texas' health agency regarding Medicaid expansion in the President's health reform plan:

Senator Cornyn is singing the same song with a different verse. Instead of cherry picking talking points he should stop and look at the facts and economic realities of his home state. Texas would be one of the largest beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion under the President's health care plan because the federal government will pay for the full costs of expanding our current stringent program for four years. The President's proposal has given Texas a generous opportunity to cover 1.1 million Texans and send receive $9 for every state dollar that is spent.

The Senator ignores the fact that in his first term in office (2002-2008), premiums for Texas families rose $3,130. His hometown of San Antonio has the highest premiums in the state at $12,602 a year. Texas’ smallest businesses—those with fewer than 10 employees—pay $1,400 a year more on average for health insurance than the same-sized businesses across the U.S. However, John Cornyn seems content with the fact that premiums in Texas more than doubled last decade and will double again in the coming decade.