Leading Off (7/9/12)

More Texas Doctors Not Accepting Medicaid: According to a survey by the Texas Medical Association, only 31 percent of Texas doctors say they are accepting new patients who use Medicaid, a 11 percentage point drop from 2010. In 2000, 67 percent of Texas doctors accepted Medicaid. Doctors complain about red tape and low pay, but with 6 million new people projected to join Texas Medicaid, a physician shortage looms.

Henderson Ave. Rape Victim Seeks Attacker: It has been a year since Ashley Green, 31, was attacked on the way to her car after watching the NBA championship at a bar on Henderson Ave., the man who raped her leaving Green for dead, naked in the street. But now Green is trying to find information about the assailant, walking the streets with friends and posting flyers. Police have no leads.

Southlake Man Tracks Down Stolen Car After 42 Years: In 1968, Bob Russell’s 1967 Austin Healey 3000 was taken from his Philadelphia apartment complex. On May 11, 2012, Russell found the car listed for sale on eBay by a dealer in Los Angeles. After a few weeks of haggling with the dealer and digging for the old stolen car report, the vehicle is now back in his possession.


  • My2Cents

    Yay free healthcare. Wait, you mean that it is going to cause massive shortages and long lines to see a doctor? Who could have possibly seen that coming. I am shocked I tell you. Completely shocked. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME

  • Avid Reader

    How long till doctors are “not allowed” to turn away Medicaid patients? I mean, their time, expertise and service is a right; how could they be so heartless?

  • Ket

    Avid: More likely the system of limiting the number of med school graduates will be examined more carefully. The shortage is artificial and that will likely be addressed.

  • Avid Reader

    @Ket, How are med school graduates limited in numbers other than being limited to the number of people qualified to get into and then actually finish the rigorous schooling/training associated? I do not know anyone who wants someone as their doctor that became a doctor through lowering grade or knowledge requirements.

    Would an influx of newly minted doctors be clamoring to bring in new Medicaid patients?

  • Kafantaris

    With a quick wit like Perry at the helm, Texas does not need the federal government. 

  • My2Cents

    Avid, please sign me up for an unqualified doctor. I mean the guy leading the country is unqualified, and look what a bang up job he has done. I figure if the whole country is going off the rails, I want to be around to enjoy it for as short of time possible.