All Hail the Mighty State

“Texas, our Texas, so wonderful and great…” goes the song.

“Texas is one of the most prepared states for public health disasters in the U.S.” (Tweet by Governor Greg Abbott on March 9, 2020)

State with highest number of people lacking health insurance (5 million) in the nation: Texas.

State with per-capita number of hospital beds lower than the U.S. average because of hospital closures: Texas.
(Japan has around 13 hospital beds per one thousand people. South Korea has 12. The average rich country has about 5.5 beds. Texas has 2.3 beds.)

State ranking forty-first of fifty states in physicians per capita: Texas.

State with 28 percent of nursing homes given lowest possible rating (one star) by federal government in 2015: Texas.
(In California 7 percent received that rating.)

State with 25 percent of nursing homes cited for severe deficiencies by the feds in 2015: Texas

State whose health agency headquarters had to be vacated by hundreds of employees in 2018 because they were overrun with rats, mold, and vermin: Texas

(Abbott quotation and stats from Christopher Hooks, “Let’s Count the Ways Texas’s Dismal Health Care Landscape Could Make Coronavirus Worse,” Texas Monthly, 3-11-20)

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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3 Responses to All Hail the Mighty State

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    Looks like a bald-faced lie. I quite like those drawings of bulls, though. The artist, probably unconsciously, infused them with character.

    • JMN says:

      I’m glad you like them. I do too. They are by Tom Jones, a Texas artist-illustrator who died some years ago. I was a mentor to my dad, and I have a good deal of his work. He was drawn to animals. The picture I used here is quite old, I have no idea of its context. But it struck me as unusually spritely for a gruff ex-Marine who immersed himself professionally in Texas history and ranch lore! I showed Tom’s work here last summer during the same period I featured Buck Schiwetz’s work (what I possess). You helpfully remarked on Buck’s unusual skills.

    • JMN says:

      Correction: HE was a mentor to my dad…

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