Senator Glenn Hegar Reacts to SCOTUS Healthcare Ruling
Renews opposition to limitation of state's rights
Following this morning's surprising and momentous ruling in which the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as "Obamacare" to many of us), Senator Glenn Hegar wanted to take a moment to reflect on the court's decision.
"Today's ruling is beyond disappointing. Like most of my colleagues in the state legislature, I strongly opposed President Obama's so-called healthcare reform. While I obviously support improving our nation's healthcare system, I do not feel that the solution is to raise taxes, increase government spending, and grow an already cumbersome bureaucracy. The act and the Supreme Court's ruling further erode Texas' 10th Amendment sovereign rights, and force an expansion of the Medicaid services that already make up 25% of our state budget, putting Texas taxpayers on the hook for over $20 billion in new costs over the next ten years," said Senator Hegar.
With the legislature set to convene in January of 2013, Texas must determine how it will react to today's news. Attorney General Greg Abbott represented Texas in its opposition to the healthcare act, joining the governor, lieutenant governor, Senator Hegar, and vast majority of the legislature in fighting to protect Texas' constitutional sovereign rights. Senator Hegar expects that all of those who joined in opposition of the act will again partner together when the legislature convenes in January to seek legislative solutions to protect Texas taxpayers from this massive expansion of public-assisted healthcare delivery.
"I remain concerned that expanding Medicaid without reforming it only multiplies the tremendous budget pressure the program puts on states," Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs said in a statement. "Medicaid already consumes a quarter of the state budget in Texas, and enrollment and costs would mushroom under the Affordable Care Act."
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.