Texas is Denying Access to Health Care for Tens of Thousands of Veterans

rick-perry-2In the world of the Republican voter, the words “fact” and “reality” don’t often matter a great deal.  I can’t count the times I’ve presented something that’s been fact checked by any number of fact checking organizations, just to have a right-winger basically tell me that they don’t trust those kinds of sites.  And why is it they don’t trust these sites?  Well, because they’re “often liberally biased,” of course.

That’s the “go to” line for Republicans.  If all else fails, and facts seem to discredit their ideological beliefs, just call it “liberally biased” and dismiss it entirely.  Because that makes sense.

So I’d imagine they’ll become extremely dismissive when hearing that Politifact deemed a statement by Texas state Democratic chairman Gilberto Hinojosa as “Mostly True” concerning Rick Perry’s decision to block Medicaid expansion in the state, which will result in 40,000 veterans not being able to receive health care.

But that’s the thing about reality — it’s real whether Republicans want to believe in it or not.

Granted, the “Mostly True” label by Politifact means there are some very slight discrepancies.  For this particular statement, they said Mr. Hinojosa wasn’t 100% accurate because his numbers weren’t exactly spot-on (they used census data to come up with their figures of 42,771 or 48,900 veterans that wouldn’t receive health benefits) and the fact that some of these veterans might currently qualify for Medicaid or VA benefits already.

But Mr. Hinojosa’s statement was mostly factual in that due to Rick Perry’s partisan politics, thousands of veterans (and low-income Americans in general) will be denied health care coverage.

So while you saw the “outrage” from many conservatives during the government shutdown at the thought of veterans being denied access to war memorials that had been closed, they seem perfectly fine denying health care to probably hundreds of thousands of veterans (and millions of others across the country), because they would rather play partisan politics when it comes to the Affordable Care Act — instead of doing what they can within each of their states to make sure the health care law works.

Especially as it relates to our veterans and low-income Americans.

And while some of these veterans might qualify for benefits through the VA, let’s not pretend like Republicans don’t often support legislation which reduces those benefits as well.  Yet while cutting those benefits, many Republicans will then point to instances of mediocre care our veterans receive as a prime example of why government being involved in our health care is a bad thing.

As usual, Republicans help cause a problem, then complain about the very problem they were a huge factor in creating.

So while politicians in Texas like Rick Perry and Ted Cruz will stand there and pretend to care about our veterans, they’re also two of the biggest opponents against “Obamacare” and have done everything possible to sabotage the law.  And in doing so, they’ve prevented access to health benefits for tens of thousands of our veterans in Texas alone.

It’s a truly pathetic situation where Republicans continue to put tea party politics ahead of what’s best for the American people.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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