Does Texas Want to Fund Health Care?

At the recent Texas Tribune Tribunefest on health care held between September 27th to 29th, there were a number of interesting sessions.

The second session moderated by Tribune health care reporter Becca Aaronson discussed Medicaid. Entitled, “The Fight of Over Medicaid,” it featured John Davidson, health policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation; Tom Banning, chief executive officer at the Texas Association of Family Physicians; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; and state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston.

While a number of aspects of Medicaid were covered in the hour-long session, state Rep. Turner made some interesting comments on Texas’ reluctance to fund health care. This almost 6 minute segment of the audio file has been excerpted and includes the introductory remarks by John Davidson, then Turner, then Tom Banning and lastly Mayor Rawlings.