|By Mitch Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Perry even compared the program to the Titanic.
The same day he announced his decision on
It's the largest Medicaid HMO in
In the last fiscal year, in
Does that sound like a sinking ship?
The business model is so healthy that
The rationale is simple: The
That's likely to mean lower reimbursements for doctors, but it also rewards HMOs for keeping patients healthy and out of hospitals. When it works right, the privatization push can be a virtuous circle and another option to try to bend the cost curve.
The Affordable Care Act, upheld by the
But states are not required to expand
"Well, I'm always intrigued with the concept that there's free money out there," Perry told Fox. "And that we can pour more money into a program that is already failed and somehow or another, we're going to have a different result than what we had the first time."
For all his disparaging of
Almost 3.1 million
By one estimate,
Asked by analysts about the issue, executives from Wellpoint and
But the federal dollars "are very compelling,"
"We think once everybody settles down and understands this from a budgetary standpoint, and really from the human factor of the people that we're talking about, the states will wind up participating in the expansion," Carlson said in a conference call.
If Perry hadn't been slamming President
Perry could brag on the success of
Last year, in a state report on
Most complaints about
Perry could argue that
(c)2012 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at www.star-telegram.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services