Archive for April 20th, 2021

Expanding Medicaid

22 years-ago today was Columbine.  Things have not changed.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale is no longer with us. He was a great public servant. I had the honor of helping put together two events for him – both in Corpus Christi.  In 1978, when he was Vice President, he campaigned for Cong. Bob Krueger when Krueger was running for the U.S. Senate.  In 1984, I help put together a rally for the former Vice President when he was running for President.

1,445 voted early in person yesterday in Harris County.  7.7% or 111 of the voters voted drive thru.

As of today, the votes aren’t there in the Texas Senate for constitutional carry.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

Commentary will say this about the Biden-Harris Administration. They aren’t fu_king around. Check this from a Chron story today on expanding Medicaid in Texas:

Texas Republicans have been swift to condemn the Biden administration for rescinding early approval of a multibillion-dollar Medicaid program that would help fund emergency care for the state’s booming uninsured population through 2030.

Gov. Greg Abbott said the federal government was “deliberately betraying Texans.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed to “use every legal tool available to regain the assistance Texans need.”

But the decision federal health officials announced Friday could end up being one of the biggest steps yet to extend government health coverage to low-income people in Texas since the Affordable Care Act, according to health advocates and political observers. That’s true even if it doesn’t spur immediate change.

“The Biden administration has all the cards here,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, who teaches political science at the University of Houston. “They aren’t playing nice anymore with health care expansion. They’ve got the money, so they have the leverage.”

Here is the entire Chron story: Biden ‘has all the cards’ as he pushes Texas to expand Medicaid. But it may take time. (houstonchronicle.com).

Good, good, good.

It is 4-20.

The team is in Colorado.  Talk about a Rocky Mountain high.

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