Pay Them Now or Pay Them Later

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, decided to carry out a new state law that, “excludes Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid Women’s Health Program.” In response the US Government has withdrawn funding for all Medicaid funding for women’s services. This means about 130,000 low-income women in Texas will no longer have access to cancer screenings, contraceptives and basic health care.

While the governor’s decision may be popular with the Tea Party and others on the fundamental right, it has potential consequences that may come back to haunt them. I’m not sure old Rick gave much thought to the long-term possibilities of that many fertile poor people running around his state without birth control. 

To me it’s another example of pandering to the base for short-term political position while ignoring the long-term cost and consequences. Much like the voters of Highland County, OH opting by a 2 to 1 margin to not fund drug and alcohol counseling while forgetting the long-term effect is higher crime, higher law enforcement costs, and the enormous cost of housing those convicted of drug related offenses.

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