by Dan Savage
on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 9:57 AM
So the state of Texas—where Republicans racked up huge numbers—is talking about pulling out of the federal Medicaid program. Whatever you want, guys. But what's to stop Texas from enjoying lower taxes when they're young and relatively spry—spry for Texas—and then hopping on their Rascals and scooting to states that haven't withdrawn from Medicare once they reach retirement age? exporting their sick and needy to other states? Nothing right now. So if Texas withdraws from Medicaid we're going to have to secure the border. I'm thinking we're going to need a dang fence running along Texas's borders with New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Maybe an electrified one.
We might want to build that dang fence even if Texas doesn't withdraw from Medicare. Just to be safe.