Central Health Prop. 1: Opponents' Arguments
Fri., Nov. 2, 2012
1) St. David's HealthCare
Argument: St. David's says the med school proposal misdirects funding that should be aimed directly at indigent care.
Response: Central Health says this is the best way to expand indigent care, and St. David's just objects to the financial terms for participation.
2) Travis County Taxpayers Union
Argument: Local property taxes are already too high, and the money could be better spent elsewhere.
Response: The med school/teaching hospital represents a unique opportunity – especially with the approval of Medicaid matching funds – to transform and expand local health care.
3) Steve Hall of StandDown Texas, Rabbi Kerry Baker, et al.
Argument: Seton HealthCare Family is a Catholic institution that does not provide birth control or abortion services.
Response: Central Health remains committed to birth control and reproductive services.
4) Environmentalist Mary Arnold of Save Muny
Argument: Unless UT agrees to preserve Lions Municipal Golf Course from commercial development, voters should reject the tax.
Response: The medical school project should not be held hostage to an unrelated issue.