President Joe Biden ended an extension that gave billions of dollars in federal funds to the state of Texas for their uninsured residents. Now Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is hitting back at the Biden administration with a lawsuit.
The Biden administration targeted Texas and stripped them of federal funds for Medicaid, and now that move may come back to bite them.
In a statement issued on Friday, Paxton said, “The Biden Administration cannot simply breach a contract and topple Texas’s Medicaid system without warning.”
Former President Trump’s administration extended the provision through 2030 as it was set to expire next year. The provision seems to be a casualty of the Biden administration’s ideological purge of Trump’s policies.
Paxton continued saying, “Not only does this violate agency regulations and threaten to rip a $30 billion hole in Texas’s budget, it was clearly intended to force our state into inefficiently expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This would be a disaster for our state, and yet President Biden seems intent on thrusting his bloated model of government on everyone—including Texas.”
Texas has the largest population of uninsured residents in the United States, and Trump’s waivers were critical to Texas’s needs. The Biden administration picked a fight with Texas, and it is a fight they likely won’t win.
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