The “Texas Miracle” is no more, in fact it never really was.
are suffering high rates of death in child birth or shortly thereafter and our
economy has soured with the downturn in oil and natural gas prices.
Recent reports show maternal death rates have doubled in recent years making
the most deadly state in which to give birth. In fact if we were a stand alone
nation we’d be worse than every other developed country. There is as yet no
definitive answer to why more Texas women die
in child birth or for associated reasons but it’s not hard to imagine that the
fact that Texas
has the highest uninsured rate in the nation might have something to do with
it. You can thank our Republican leadership for that since our governor and
state legislature have refused to accept Medicaid expansion even though the
federal government will cover 90% of the cost.
There is also a likely connection to our Republican led government cutting funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers of women’s health care. There is certainly a connection to the increased number of births covered by Medicaid.
When running for governor in 2014 Greg Abbott promised continued growth of the economy and that we would be number one in the
He has failed miserably; Texas
has fallen from third in the nation to twenty first. Republicans have taken
credit for a strong economy in Texas for the last 20 years which they claimed
was due to a “business friendly” read low tax, low service government. No
change in either taxes or services have occurred, the rest of the country
continues to recover from the 2007 Wall Street implosion and yet Texas’ economy
is well on its way to the bottom.
When Greg Abbott sought the governorship in 2014 he said he didn’t want
Texas to be like California, well he got is wish. Massachusetts, Oregon, Delaware, Colorado and are ranked as
the top five economies in the nation by Governing magazine. The one thing they
all have in common is Democratic leadership in the governor’s mansion and the
legislature. Some of those states have raised the minimum wage, some have
increased spending on infrastructure, they’ve all accepted Medicaid expansion.
Remember that expanding Medicaid not only means more people get health care it
also means more people are employed providing health care and those people
spend money and buy houses. California
In short our Republican leadership has taken the wrong road and all of
is suffering for it. We have an
opportunity in November to start cleaning house. The only way that happens if
we all vote so take a family member, take a neighbor or take a friend and if
anyone tells you that their vote doesn’t make a difference or they’re all alike
remind them that we could be growing like Texas California
instead of tanking like . Kansas