Health Care Bill Could Cost Texans Millions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A preliminary state report shows the pending
federal health care reform plan would add about 2.5 million Texans
to the state public insurance rolls.

The report by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
also says the added enrollment would cost state taxpayers up to $20
billion over 10 years.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn requested the analysis and made it public
at a Senate Finance Committee meeting. The Republican junior
senator from Texas opposes the plan introduced by U.S. Sen. Max
Baucus, D-Mont.

However, the Obama administration says that Texas working
families will face rising health insurance premiums if the reforms
aren't made.

Texas leads the nation in the number of residents not covered by
health care insuance.

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