As two pediatricians who have collaborated on cost-effective health insurance programs for Houstonians, we can’t help but wonder if political leaders in Texas are flat out of ideas. One of us hails from Dallas, trained in Houston, and is now practicing in Massachusetts under “Romneycare” while the other continues to work in Houston. The “Medicaid is broken” refrain is frequently sung, but we don’t hear a uniquely Texan solution that is fiscally responsible while also enhancing access to affordable coverage and quality care for Texans in need.
It is Texan presidents who drove landmark changes to the health care landscape. Lyndon B. Johnson set in motion legislation for Medicaid, and George W. Bush, as governor, signed the bill creating the Texas version of SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Both programs give states the flexibility to administer programs to fit each state’s needs, providing essential health care to many Texas children and families.
The story you’re reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
Dr. Nehal is an academic pediatrician in Boston. Dr. Giardino is an academic pediatrician in Houston.