Now that the 2010 elections are over, many Republicans and Tea Party backed candidates are looking to end what they term are "entitlements." What are "entitlements?" To right wing extremists, "entitlements" are:
. Social Security
. Unemployment Benefits
In Red-State Texas, not only did many Republican Congressmen win their election bids, but so did Governor Rick Perry. Some Republican lawmakers — still reveling in Tuesday’s statewide election sweep — are proposing an unprecedented solution to the state’s estimated $25 billion budget shortfall: dropping out of the federal Medicaid program.
Far-right conservatives are offering that possibility in impassioned news conferences. Moderate Republicans are studying it behind closed doors. And the party’s advisers on health care policy say it is being discussed more seriously than ever, though they admit it may be as much a huge in-your-face to Washington as anything else.
Their plan: by 2013, opt out of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which has 3.6 million children, people with disabilities and impoverished Texans enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, will release a study on the detrimental effects of ending the state’s participation in the federal match program. Republican State Senator Jane Nelson who heads the Senate Public Health Committee, said dropping out of Medicaid makes fiscal sense.