3,000 Texans Might Die Without Medicaid Expansion, Study Says
The good news is, you don't need health care when you're dead.
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The folly of Texas Governor Rick Perry's decision to opt out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion has been well-documented. Billions in federal funds are off the table. More than a million poor adults won't have access to health coverage. Texas businesses will wind up paying an estimated $400 million in tax penalties.
Useful numbers, but none really capture the human toll of Perry's decision. A better figure for that purpose is 3,035, as in the number of people who will die as a result of Texas' refusal to expand Medicaid.
That's the worst-case scenario predicted in an article published Thursday by researchers at Harvard Medical School and CUNY School of Public Health. Best case, it'll be 1,840.
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Even for those who don't die, the outcome won't be good. The researchers predict that 184,192 Texans suffering from depression will go undiagnosed, 109,307 diabetics won't get medication, 40,562 women won't get mammograms and 62,610 uninsured individuals will have catastrophic medical expenditures.
But states' rights and all that.
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