Paxton said the Biden government’s efforts to expand Medicaid’s access to uninsured Texans are violating state sovereignty.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against the Biden government over its decision to lift a Medicaid waiver that would have provided the state with billions of dollars in healthcare.
The Houston Chronicle reports that shortly before the last commander in chief left office, the Trump administration approved an extension of the Medicaid waiver. In April, federal health officials decided to revoke the extension, saying President Trump approved the waiver without public comment.
However, Paxton’s lawsuit alleges that the federal government has no power to overturn the Trump administration’s Medicaid decisions.
Additionally, Paxton claimed that Texas had already made long-term financial decisions based on expectations that its Medicaid funds would be available.
A 2013 picture of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Image via Wikimedia Commons / User: Alice Linahan Voices Empower. (CCA-BY-2.0).
“Not only is this against government regulations and threatens to tear a $ 30 billion hole in the Texas budget, but it was also clearly intended to force our state to use Medicaid in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act inefficiently expanding, “Paxton said in a statement. “This would be a disaster for our state, and yet President Biden seems intent on imposing his bloated model of government on everyone – including Texas.”
The Houston Chronicle states that the Biden government’s waiver of not expanding Medicaid under the limits and provisions of the Affordable Care Act has been widely viewed as putting pressure on Texas – something most other states have been in since it was signed 2010 did.
Biden, according to The Texas Tribune, has already tried to motivate Texas to expand Medicaid eligibility by offering billions in additional Medicaid funding to low-income people.
Texas lawmakers have refused to move forward on the matter, however: Republican leaders rejected competing proposals to expand Medicaid, claiming they were too focused on other health care priorities to pay any attention to the issue. And earlier this week, lawmakers rejected an amendment that would simply have mandated a study of the potential benefits of Medicaid’s expansion.
While Medicaid proponents say expansion would lower the county’s costs and provide health benefits to up to 1 million low-income Texans, Paxton and his allies see the Biden administration’s move as a threat to state sovereignty.
“This disgusting and illegal abuse of power against sovereign states must come to an end,” said Paxton.
Ironically, the Texas Tribune reports that various polls have shown that most of the state’s residents support the expansion of Medicaid.
Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the United States.
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