Tuesday, July 17, 2012

No to "Obamacare"?

Currently, as a pharmacy technician, just about the worst thing you have to tell a customer is, "Ma'am I'm sorry but you are in the 'doughnut hole'."  This is what may become commonplace in pharmacies across Texas if Gov. Rick Perry does go ahead and decide to deny "Obamacare".  The 'doughnut hole' (as it is commonly called) is a term coined to state that once an individual has used up a certain dollar amount quota, they must begin to pay out of pocket for their medications for the rest of the year.
States were granted the right to deny "Obamacare" that would add roughly 15 million people nationwide that are currently not eligible for Medicaid to help subsidize medication costs.  If this federal policy is denied by Rick Perry, almost 1.3 million Texans (about half of the uninsured population of Texas) would be denied this newly eligible plan.  They would be forced to stay in the doughnut hole unless the policy was accepted by a successor of Perry.
This decision is aided by the already strained budgets of the federal government, as well as the "lack of confidence that Washington will honor its financial commitments in the long run". These two reasons, as well as the years of frustration with Medicaid's mandate that limit state choices and shift costs to the federal government, are the main stipulations in Gov. Perry's reason for denial.
As I see it, this article is very crucial to all of us in the beautiful state of Texas.  If this policy is accepted, many of our hard earned dollars will be sent to the government to pay for other people's medications.  I, for one, believe that the government already takes enough out of my income, so I'd like to do as much as I can to keep it there (as opposed to being taxed heavier to pay for "Obamacare".)  This article is a gem, and definitely worth reading, because if Obama is elected into office this fall, this could be the future.

That's the way Scott sees it.  

States saying no to 'Obamacare' could see downside

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