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The high risk pool includes some of our most vulnerable Texans who benefit from a private market solution for health care that is now threatened by Obamacare mandates being forced on our state. The subsequent failure of HealthCare.Gov site has left far too many of our vulnerable citizens with no clear path to coverage. Emergency action to protect Texas facing life-threatening dangers is now necessary.
I offer the full powers of my office to assist you in this undertaking. Please let me know how I might be of help as you work to untangle the intractable mess created by an incompetent federal government.
Insurance companies, brokers and consumer advocates say a highly publicized national wave of health plan cancellations largely bypassed Texas.
There are several complex reasons, but one of the biggest is this: Following the example of Arkansas and other Southern states, the Texas Department of Insurance told health insurers in June that they could compress the contractual period of this year’s policies. That meant they could be renewed late this year.
The little-noticed advisory may have steered as many as 2.2 million Texans who are in individual or small-group plans around the federal health care law’s demands for richer benefits and tighter caps on out-of-pocket expenses until almost 2015.
So when President Barack Obama tried to quell a political furor by announcing Nov. 14 that canceled policies could be extended for one more year, it had little practical effect in Texas.
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Sounds like a political nonsense letter with no real solution or ideas.
This will probably help this guy keep office but as you can see the letter has no real backbone or substance.
I hate politics.
As far as I'm concerned, if Texas said they were seceding, I would be totally on board for it. That's how ridiculous the federal government has gotten.
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The Texas surplus is not controlled by Dewhurst's office.
You seem to think the surplus is up for grabs and somehow Dewhurst statement means just that. It doesn't.
The Lieutenant Governor in Texas is unique in that he is part of both the Executive and Legislative branches
The Texas Constitution names the Lieutenant Governor the Constitutional President of the Senate, but the Constitution also gives the Senate the authority to write its own rules. That's where the Lieutenant Governor derives most of his power.
These rules, adopted by a majority of Senators at the beginning of each Legislative Session, set down in great detail how business is conducted in the Senate.
Senate rules give the current Lieutenant Governor a great deal of influence in shaping state policy and influencing laws that may eventually be passed by the Senate.
The Lieutenant Governor derives other powers and responsibilities from state statute. By statute, the Lieutenant Governor is a member of several Legislative branch boards and committees: the Legislative Budget Board , the Legislative Council, the Legislative Audit Committee and the Legislative Education Board. He is designated as Chair of the Legislative Budget Board and Legislative Council, which have considerable sway over state programs, the budget and policy.
The Legislative Budget Board, for example, provides the Legislature with a recommended budget at the beginning of every session. In many other states, this is done only in the executive branch. The authority of the Legislative Budget Board is broad, and its influence on spending is significant. By his Chairship and his power to make appointments to the Board, the Lieutenant Governor exerts a powerful influence on public policy.
The Lieutenant Governor is also a member of two Executive branch boards created by statute, the Cash Management Committee and the Bond Review Board.
Wasn't the high risk pools, set up by obamacare, for the transition to obamacare?
Even though most Americans get their health insurance through their employer or the employer of a family member (group health insurance), some people do not have access to this type of coverage and buy their own insurance independently. Unlike the group health insurance market, in most states an insurer can turn you down for individual coverage if you have a serious pre-existing medical condition (e.g., cancer, HIV) that would make you uninsurable. States are not required to have an alternative option for medically uninsurable individuals to access coverage, but most do. A high-risk health insurance pool is the most common way to provide individuals access to coverage. In addition, in many states, high-risk pools serve as the guanrateed-issue purchasing option for individuals who wish to exercise federal group-to-individual insurance portability rights. High-risk pools are also available in many states as a purchasing option for individuals who are eligible for the 65 percent federal health insurance tax credit provided by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002.
I am surprised that more states have not just outright refused any cooperation whatsoever with this broken Obama care joke..
"President Obama deceived the American people by promising that anyone who liked their health care plan could keep it, but millions of Americans are now discovering that simply isn't true. Now, he's coming to Texas in a desperate attempt to salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate by preaching expansion of the same Medicaid system he himself admits is broken. In Texas, where Medicaid already consumes a quarter of the state budget, we simply need the flexibility to implement fundamental, state-specific reforms to our Medicaid program, instead of a one-size-fits-all Washington mandate, before it bankrupts our state. Mr. President, Texans aren't the reason Obamacare is crumbling; Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling."
Under the ACA every individual in the country must have insurance by the end of open enrollment period, on April 1, 2014, or they will face a fine of $95 a year, or 1% of their annual income for failing to comply with the law.