Senator Cornyn Blasts “OBAMACARE”
March 29, 2010

 It’s hard to believe that one issue has caused such a  bitter divide in our country.

There are people who believe that health care reform is part of a socialist agenda and will bankrupt the government.

Others are convinced that the new law  is the morally right thing to do for the 32 Million Americans who will now have a chance to go to the doctor and be treated for preexisting conditions.

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) clearly believes that health care is health scare and a “historic mistake” as he says in this news release sent to 2 On The Beat.


 Historic Mistake

“One of the most perplexing things about this health care bill is the determination of the White House and the Democratic majority to shove this down the throat of the American people even though they’ve made it clear they don’t support this bill.”

 “So in the end, in this political process, in this great democracy we have, the voters – the people – always get the final say-so, and I think this is very important to remember as the President intends to take a victory lap on this bill.”

 –          U.S. Senator John Cornyn

 By the Numbers

1)      $102,500 is the current Texas-household share of the $12 trillion national debt, which the new unsustainable healthcare entitlement will skyrocket. 

 2)   $20,140 in new Washington spending over the first 10 years for every household in Texas.

 3)   532,000 Texans enrolled in Medicare Advantage will have their benefits reduced by half. (Congressional Budget Office)     

4)   Approximately 7.9 million Texas households making less than $200,000 will pay higher taxes. (Joint Committee on Taxation)  

5)   979,000 Texans in the individual insurance market will see premiums skyrocket by 61 percent. (Oliver Wyman  

6)   20 percent higher health care costs or a punitive new tax for failing to comply with dictates from Washington  for Texas small businesses employing 50 or more people and 7,243 Texas construction companies employing 5 or more. (U.S. Census Bureau)  

7)   1.25 million Texas college students will be overcharged an average of $1,800 each on their student loans to fund health care and other government programs. (Project on Student Debt)  

8)   $24.3 billion over 10 years in new costs to Texas (due to the unfunded Medicaid expansions) will force the governor and legislature to raise taxes, raise college tuitions, decrease the quality of education, or all three. (Texas Health and Human Services Commission)  

9)   The youngest 30 percent of Texans will pay 35 percent more based solely on their age as the new regulations drive up health care premiums in the individual market. (Oliver Wyman)  

10) 2 million low-income Texans will be added to the state’s Medicaid rolls, even though only 38 percent of doctors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can accept new Medicaid patients, and similar scenarios are popping up across the state. (Texas Health and Human Services Commission)  

Replace With Solutions to Lower Costs

·        Lower costs through small business health plans 

·        Increase competition with the purchase of insurance across state lines 

·        Limit junk lawsuits against doctors

·        Give states incentives to lower costs and expand access

·        Promote transparency about cost and quality

·        Reduce waste, fraud, and abuse

·        Empower patients through Health Savings Accounts

Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Agriculture and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.

What’s Next For Texas after Passage of Federal Health Care?
March 22, 2010

 As President Barack Obama makes plans to sign comprehensive health care reform into law,  Governor Rick Perry and other statewide  leaders are making plans to stop reform, which could include suing the government. 

Governor Perry issued the following statement Monday regarding the state’s next steps after the passage of the federal health care bill:

“Texas leaders will continue to do everything in our power to find ways to protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers from the federal government’s misguided efforts to take over our health care system and infringe upon the fundamental rights of individuals and the state.” 

“My office is working closely with fellow governors and with Attorney General Greg Abbott to explore the state’s options, including legal action, to challenge the constitutionality of this national health care bill that will cost Texas taxpayers billions of dollars and drive down the quality of health care.”