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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    Doesn't measure up? LOL, 12 million working Americans and 500,000 making minimum wage? That isn't measuring up? Amazing how little you know about TX and the numbers just make you look foolish.

    you better stay in Iowa as you would never make it in TX
    Yep, most your jobs are low paying. Slightly better than minimum wage isn't heaven.

    First are working poor patients who do not qualify for Medicaid, for whom Medicare is years away, and for whom private insurance is priced out of reach. I’m talking about uninsured patients like the 59-year-old woman with chronic congestive heart failure whom I see in a free clinic in Athens once a month. Except, that is, on those all-too-frequent occasions when she can’t afford her blood pressure medicine, and then I also see her in the hospital — where the bill to county taxpayers is much, much higher than the cost of paying for her prescription would have been.

    And the long-term cost to her heart and lungs and kidneys is even worse.

    There is also the cost to employers and the state. Patients with unmanaged, chronic conditions who cannot afford to see a physician regularly often miss a lot of work. Or they may not be able to work at all, so they and their family must rely on a whole host of public assistance programs to make ends meet.

    The second set of physicians’ concerns goes like this: As Texas seeks a way to expand coverage to include my patient and a million and a half Texans like her, how do we ensure that we also provide real access to the regular, consistent health care services they need to stay out of the emergency department (ED) or hospital?

    The most recent TMA survey found only 31 percent of Texas physicians accept all new Medicaid patients. That number has plummeted from almost 67 percent since the turn of the century. Another 26 percent accept Medicaid with limits. For lots of practices, this means the physician will only see patients to follow up from an ED or hospital visit, rather than actively accepting Medicaid in his or her practice. My colleagues and I want to care for low-income Texans, but we also run small businesses that have to pay our staff and overhead. Plain and simple, pitifully poor Medicaid payments are driving physicians out of Medicaid.

    So how do we ensure current and any future patients can get the care they need?

    We can pay doctors Medicaid rates at least equal to Medicare. That will help ensure that Medicaid patients have a regular medical home for effective and affordable preventive and primary care and access to specialists when they are sicker or badly injured.

    https://www.texmed.mobi/Template.aspx?id=26974

    And few are complaining more than Texans. I can provide links all day.

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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Yep, most your jobs are low paying. Slightly better than minimum wage isn't heaven.

    First are working poor patients who do not qualify for Medicaid, for whom Medicare is years away, and for whom private insurance is priced out of reach. I’m talking about uninsured patients like the 59-year-old woman with chronic congestive heart failure whom I see in a free clinic in Athens once a month. Except, that is, on those all-too-frequent occasions when she can’t afford her blood pressure medicine, and then I also see her in the hospital — where the bill to county taxpayers is much, much higher than the cost of paying for her prescription would have been.

    And the long-term cost to her heart and lungs and kidneys is even worse.

    There is also the cost to employers and the state. Patients with unmanaged, chronic conditions who cannot afford to see a physician regularly often miss a lot of work. Or they may not be able to work at all, so they and their family must rely on a whole host of public assistance programs to make ends meet.

    The second set of physicians’ concerns goes like this: As Texas seeks a way to expand coverage to include my patient and a million and a half Texans like her, how do we ensure that we also provide real access to the regular, consistent health care services they need to stay out of the emergency department (ED) or hospital?

    The most recent TMA survey found only 31 percent of Texas physicians accept all new Medicaid patients. That number has plummeted from almost 67 percent since the turn of the century. Another 26 percent accept Medicaid with limits. For lots of practices, this means the physician will only see patients to follow up from an ED or hospital visit, rather than actively accepting Medicaid in his or her practice. My colleagues and I want to care for low-income Texans, but we also run small businesses that have to pay our staff and overhead. Plain and simple, pitifully poor Medicaid payments are driving physicians out of Medicaid.

    So how do we ensure current and any future patients can get the care they need?

    We can pay doctors Medicaid rates at least equal to Medicare. That will help ensure that Medicaid patients have a regular medical home for effective and affordable preventive and primary care and access to specialists when they are sicker or badly injured.

    https://www.texmed.mobi/Template.aspx?id=26974

    And few are complaining more than Texans. I can provide links all day.
    You better stay in Iowa as you would never make it in this state. The only ones complaining in TX are liberals who cannot make it without govt. support.

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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    you gotta get yer numbers fixed, throw out all the illegal brown folks from the calculations
    and throw out the rest of the non-whites and voila them Texan's are all 'bout as rich as JR Ewing
    and while yer at it remember that the cost of living in nearly every place in that state is cheaper than dirt
    and remember If yer gonna have ex'es you want em in Texass Wee Hoo


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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    You better stay in Iowa as you would never make it in this state. The only ones complaining in TX are liberals who cannot make it without govt. support.
    Oh I've been in your state. It was no bother. But, you have been proven wrong yet again.

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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    So, can we now say that Obama policies are making it worse for the poor, and middle class yet...?
    At the risk of sounding non-compassionate, I want to share some thoughts on the economy. I work in the consulting field. I have been there for a long time. It is a field filled with folks that are very accomplished academically. I have yet to meet an out of work Ph.D., an out of work MBA, an out of work MD, DO, PA, or an out of work DDS. I have yet to meet an out of work MSN, BSN, RN, or even CNA; or an out of work person with an EE or ME undergrad degree. When I see studies comparing unemployment to academia; it is clear that the only people being hit are those who either never finished high school, never finished college, or picked a college undergrad in something frivolous like music appreciation or art appreciation. I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who poorly planned out their lives. How can I feel sorry for someone who drops out of high school and then can't find a job working in a coal mine or at a carpet mill because manufacturing is leaving USA or coal is no longer being used for power generation?

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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryOldGuy View Post
    God I wish my wife looked like that. ;-(

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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Oh I've been in your state. It was no bother. But, you have been proven wrong yet again.
    The poverty level in Iowa is over 10%(354,000 in 2011 with a population of 3 million) and you are concerned about a county in TX that has a poverty level less than 8%. I have been to your state as well and you live in a dream world as you have proven only yourself wrong.

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    re: Report shows how recession hit families [W:391, 502]

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    The poverty level in Iowa is over 10%(354,000 in 2011 with a population of 3 million) and you are concerned about a county in TX that has a poverty level less than 8%. I have been to your state as well and you live in a dream world as you have proven only yourself wrong.
    I told you I'm concerned about the nation. You made a cliam. You're claim was false. Don't try to dodge it.

    But if you want to compare rates:


    The Texas region defined by the cities of McAllen, Edinburg and Mission had the highest poverty rate in the country -- 33.4 percent.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...n_1023946.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snappo View Post
    God I wish my wife looked like that. ;-(
    To tell the truth I'm glad mine doesn't
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