In a new federal study of the 50 states and DC, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued its biannual report on statewide delivery of health services.
Surprise, surprise, Texas falls in last place in this study below West Virginia and Arkansas.
Governor Perry and his apologists must be completely proud of this new low.
That a whopping 25% of Texans have no health insurance whatsoever figured heavily into this calculus.
The study, meant to help state officials assess areas where they can improve their healthcare delivery system, was met with pure gall and disdain by Republican government officials who simply know better.
Perry press secretary Catherine Frazier minimized the study in her issuance of the following statement: “Our office is reviewing the study, but at first glance it appears to be an extremely broad report that goes well beyond the parameters of the state Medicaid program and doesn't take into account our diverse population.”
Well there you have it. Arkansas and West Virginia beat out Texas for 49th and 50th place because their 100% hillbilly population is not as diverse as that of Texas.
Dang, they’s some smart fellers in Texas.