This is a clear pattern with Republicans. They shoot the moon on some grand gesture (remember the southern states that lost all their crops because migrant farmworkers couldn’t come in to pick them?) and then they have to deal with the reality of what they’ve created. They really aren’t thinkers:

When state lawmakers passed a two-year budget in 2011 that moved $73 million from family planning services to other programs, the goal was largely political: halt the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics.

Now they are facing the policy implications — and, in some cases, reconsidering.

Ahead of the next legislative session, during which lawmakers will grapple with an existing Medicaid financing shortfall, a bipartisan coalition is considering ways to restore some or all of those family planning dollars, as a cost-saving initiative if nothing else.

The latest Health and Human Services Commission projections being circulated among Texas lawmakers indicate that during the 2014-15 biennium, poor women will deliver an estimated 23,760 more babies than they would have, as a result of their reduced access to state-subsidized birth control. The additional cost to taxpayers is expected to be as much as $273 million — $103 million to $108 million to the state’s general revenue budget alone — and the bulk of it is the cost of caring for those infants under Medicaid.

2 Responses to Oopsie

  1. jawbone December 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    My friend with the stroke has issues with what the therapists call “insight,” meaning he can’t project into the future any effect of his actions, the ramifications of things his low impulse control urge him to do immediately, etc.

    His brain has been damaged by a blood clots and clots killing off some brain cells, enough to affect his awareness and thinking.

    To the point that he requires 24/7 supervisory care.

    Maybe that is what these extreme Repubs need….

    Plus, they shouldn’t be allowed to run for office when they’re clearly dysfunctional with dangerous brain deficits.


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