Texas Candidate Calls for his Opponent to Resign

No Medicaid Expansion – No Travis Clardy

Official Statement from Alec Johnson

Democratic Candidate for Texas State House District 11

 

 

Turning to consider the specifics of Clardy’s contract with Memorial Hospital, his

$120,000 annual retainer – that’s right, $120,000 a year — seems to be a very poor

bargain for Nacogdoches County. And that’s not all hear earns. Clardy bills at least

$575 per hour. Also, he can bill simultaneously for the time of other lawyers who

work for the Kelly-Hart Law Firm he’s a partner of. It’s very hard to see how the

cash strapped Memorial Hospital gains more than it loses from this kind of gouging.

For all these reasons, If Travis Clardy will not resign, I call on the Memorial

Hospital Board to terminate his contract with the utmost speed. He clearly has

conflicts of interest that adversely impact Memorial Hospital and the County of

Nacogdoches that it serves. Better representation for far less cost is freely available

by other competent attorneys. Memorial Hospital and the citizens of Nacogdoches

can do better and deserve better representation than Travis Clardy provides.

 

 

At the recent Candidate Forum that took place in Nacogdoches, Travis Clardy made

clear his opposition to Medicaid Expansion. His opposition is at odds with the clear

needs of Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, which employs him as their attorney. It

also stands against the needs of upwards of one million Texans who lack adequate

medical coverage. And it stands against the desires of Texas voters who support

Medicaid Expansion – according to a poll conducted last June by the Kaiser Family

Foundation – by an overwhelming 64%.

Memorial Hospital serves a large number of uninsured working poor patients.

Medicaid Expansion would cover 41-cents on the dollar of those expenses that

Memorial must now shoulder without assistance. This would likely bring in millions

of dollars and go far towards reversing the budget crisis the hospital is now struggling

with.

Medicaid provides care to the elderly in nursing homes, the disabled, pregnant

women, infants, and children: black, brown, and white, and helps sustain our own

local hospitals which care for the uninsured working poor. Medicaid has done much

to sustain the health and well-being of Texas citizens. It has sustained our nursing

home patients, healthcare employees, and related businesses. Medicaid services are

intricately tied into our lives and community. In fact, Medicaid empowers

communities to manage their well-being locally.

Refusing to accept Medicaid Expansion means Clardy is happy to have Texas turn

its back on $100 billion that would close the coverage gap for between 700,000 and

1,000,000 Texans currently without coverage of any kind.

Because so many Texans lack coverage, refusing to accept Medicaid Expansion

leads to premature deaths estimated between 5,000 and 8,400 per year. Given that

Medicaid Expansion could have been accepted six years ago, somewhere between

30,000 and over 50,000 Texans may have died prematurely.

Clardy wants to wait for an alternative to Medicaid Expansion, one that relies on

block grants, to somehow come into existence. Block grants are a poor alternative, as

the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities makes clear. Block grants, “strip away the

federal commitment to help vulnerable individuals and families who are eligible for

these programs when they need them. Fixed annual funding would render the

programs unable to automatically respond to increased need, as they do today. As

need increases, states would have to cut eligibility or benefits or establish waiting lists

to stay within capped funding.”

Clardy claims he doesn’t have confidence in the Federal Government to create

solutions, which is ironic given that the Republican Party he belongs to controls all

three branches of government. He says he has confidence that the Texas legislature

can address this crisis itself. Given how poorly the State of Texas has addressed the

Education Funding crisis, something Clardy readily admits to, it’s hard to imagine

that the families of the thousands of people who die unnecessarily every year would

be much impressed by this claim.

Beyond the clear benefits Medicaid Expansion would have in improving the health

of Texans and lowering the State’s mortality rate, it would also give a significant

boost to economic growth and employment. According to the Billy Hamilton

Consulting firm Medicaid Expansion would have boosted, “Texas economic output

by $67.9 billion during fiscal 2014-17.” It would have also added an estimated

626,000 jobs paying an average annual salary of $50,818. If we move to accept

Medicaid Expansion, there’s no reason to believe Texas wouldn’t see quite similar

very positive economic outcomes.

 

 

 

Clardy should Resign or be Removed

https://alecjohnsonfortexas.wufoo.com/forms/z1q03ow00ezte91/

 

“For all these reasons,” I demand, “If Travis Clardy will not resign, I call on the Memorial Hospital Board to terminate his contract with the utmost speed. He clearly has conflicts of interest that adversely impact Memorial Hospital and the County of Nacogdoches that it serves. Better representation for far less cost is freely available by other competent attorneys. Memorial Hospital and the citizens of Nacogdoches can do better and deserve better representation than Travis Clardy provides.”

 

Democratic Candidate, Shirley Layton, running for State Senate District 3 and Sandy McCorvey, Democratic Candidate for Nacogdoches County Commissioner Pct 2, have agreed join me, endorsing my statement and calling for Travis Clardy to resign or have his contract terminated by the Hospital Board. They will be appearing with me at joint Press Conference Wednesday morning at 11 AM at Nacogdoches Democratic Party HQ, 901 E Main Street, Nacogdoches 75961.

 

You may or may not also be aware that Travis Clardy is one of the representatives of a victim of horrendous public corruption involving murders, fraud, forgery and public cover up by authorities.  In 2016 when Family members made contact with state representative Travis Clardy they were ignored, receiving no response ever.