Article 25 of the United Nations and the “The Right to Health Fact Sheet No. 31” denotes that access to and assistance to medical care provided by Governments is a right. There are many types and styles of Healthcare the world. Even in the U.S. we have several. If you are part of the veteran program, yours is a nation health service. If you’re on Social Security, you’re probably on Single Payer. If you are an individual, you’re on private health insurance plan. Each of these have merits and faults.
Currently the Federal Government is too busy picking out faults of plans and not explaining the benefits to Texans. We have become embroiled in hating the negatives without ever hearing the positives. To quote T.R. Reid on PBS, “The United States is unlike every other country because it maintains so many separate systems for separate classes of people. All the other countries have settled on one model for everybody. This is much simpler than the U.S. system; it's fairer and cheaper, too.”
Texas has been hurt deeply by knee jerk reactions, and I will stop that. I will ask for Medicaid expansion without any inhibitions or tying strings that hurt the weakest of us. We need to realize Texas is spending thousands of dollars more when someone is in the hospital for the bronchitis and pneumonia instead of providing easy access to preventative medical care. I will make sure that our most vulnerable women, no longer die as if the live in third world country, just because they are/were pregnant.
I will look for what is best for Texans. I will bring in the experts, the concerned citizens, the healthcare professional, and even those major hospitals and insurance companies. This will not be simple, but with Texas having over 27.86 million insurable people, with about 4.5 million uninsured currently, I know we can use our size as leverage to find a better system than what we have.
I will start the process to make sure that Texans and their families will have a healthier and brighter future.