"We carefully cover under Medicaid those populations that we feel need the help of the state and cannot care for themselves," Dewhurst said. "In 2003 we made a decision to exclude adults — able-bodied — who can go out and work, and that's the target population for Obamacare."
Dewhurst said he would rather see the federal government exempt Texas from most Medicaid regulations and allow the state to spend the money how it sees fit, something known as a block grant.
"Our care would be better if the state of Texas had the flexibility to focus on where needs are because one size does not fit all in health care," he said. "But we have not been successful under either the Bush or Obama administrations to get a block grant."
Senate Bill 7: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB7
Senate Bill 8: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB8
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