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Governor Perry: Texas won't expand Medicaid

Prairie Wind 2012/07/09 16:46:29
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday his state won't expand Medicaid or set up an insurance exchange, joining a growing number of Republican governors who are rejecting two key parts of President Obama's health care law.

I will not be party to socializing health care and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government," Mr. Perry said.

He joins more than half-dozen GOP governors who have already said they won't increase the size of their Medicaid programs to cover Americans up to 133 percent of the poverty level, after the Supreme Court upheld most of the law last month but said states could opt out of the Medicaid expansion.

"I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab," Mr. Perry said. "Neither a 'state' exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better 'patient protection' or in more 'affordable care.' They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care."

Under the court's decision, states can still collect all of their existing Medicaid funding even if they don't expand their programs to cover Americans up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. But if they don't set up exchanges, the law allows the federal government to step in and run them.

Texas Governor Perry's decision is in addition to that of Florida Governor Rick Scott's and Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina decisions to not expand Medicaid.

p.s. Obama recognized and just announced he will continue the Bush "tax cuts", which would increase tax levels if not extended, back to the Clinton pesidency. Did the "kettle" just get called black?

UPDATE: Sodahead Lightnight Poll Results ... It's extensive ... http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/governor-perry-texas-wo...

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  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/07/09 17:02:34
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    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
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    I am certain that all Republican govs. will do the same now that the SCOTUS
    has ruled it unconstitutional. I would bet that maybe NY Gov Cuomo will do
    likewise since he seems to be taking the Gov Walker approach to state
    financing. But you can bet ole Ca Gov Brown will do it. His state is
    so bankrupt, and his citizens voted for an entitlement society; so they don't
    care if they go broke. I would just imagine more companies will leave the
    state for a right to work state, and Ca will sink into the Pacific with its overload
    of debt.

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  • boneman1 my2cents 2012/07/10 15:53:05
    boneman1
    Wrong. I'm a former health care providerl. If I choose not to accept Medicare/Medicaid patients I don't have to accept them. Many doctors will only treat them if they have the money to pay the normal charges everyone else pays and not the fees the government says they have to accept if they choose to treat Medicare/Medicaid patients.

    You're confusing doctors with emergency rooms. HUGE difference.
  • my2cents boneman1 2012/07/10 21:15:21
    my2cents
    True, I was thinking of ER doctors and hospitals. They don't have a choice. Private practitioners can be more choosey, but most physicians work in a few Medicaid patients nonetheless.
  • texasred 2012/07/09 20:53:12
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    texasred
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    He's right to stand firm. In history, they won't be able to blame him or the others for socializing medicine in the U.S.
  • Striker texasred 2012/07/09 21:29:32
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    Scary part is that Perry, a "leaf in the wind", can be expected to back down.
  • texasred Striker 2012/07/09 22:40:05
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    Wouldn't surprise me.
  • my2cents texasred 2012/07/10 04:38:27
    my2cents
    Perry will back down. The Texas hospital system wants that Medicaid expansion funding desperately, and they are a very powerful lobby.
  • TheTailor 2012/07/09 20:28:35
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    +1
    It's guys like Perry that make the world go round ;-)
  • my2cents TheTailor 2012/07/10 04:39:06
    my2cents
    If Perry is so awesome, why didn't you select him as your nominee?
  • TheTailor my2cents 2012/07/10 11:44:40
    TheTailor
    For Governor, we did, several times.
  • my2cents TheTailor 2012/07/10 14:23:52
    my2cents
    Why didn't you support him as your presidential nominee?

    I know the Tea Party didn't want him, and that's what killed his nomination. But neither did a lot of Texans.
  • my2cents TheTailor 2012/07/10 07:02:53
    my2cents
    Yeah, in circles! LOL!
  • TheTailor my2cents 2012/07/10 11:54:49
    TheTailor
    Ummm, I guess this is where you expect me to see some humor in your childlike immature nonsensical response?
  • my2cents TheTailor 2012/07/10 14:24:31
    my2cents
    Relax, Tailor.
  • TheTailor my2cents 2012/07/10 17:33:27
    TheTailor
    Save the condescension for someone else, it doesn't affect me.
  • my2cents TheTailor 2012/07/10 21:16:47
    my2cents
    Get a grip. Loosen up. Put on a happy face. Take your pick.
  • Prairie... my2cents 2012/07/10 21:42:23
    Prairie Wind
    Do not harass the posters here.
  • TheTailor my2cents 2012/07/11 03:57:27
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    +1
    As I said.
  • gbudavid 2012/07/09 20:27:44
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    gbudavid
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    God Bless Texas
  • Mark P. 2012/07/09 20:17:12
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    Most of those Governors realize that they will be stuck figuring out how to pay for that expansion. It will be another underfunded government mandate. The only way to stop this continued government over reach is for the states to say hell no.
  • my2cents Mark P. 2012/07/10 07:04:41
    my2cents
    Oh, goody! The other states will be happy to get Texas's federal tax dollars!
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/07/09 19:42:48
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    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
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    Good, no reason to do so at this time
  • Theresa 2012/07/09 19:09:43
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    Theresa
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    Why should he? Just because the Federal gov't wants him to do it? That is no reason! There needs to be a clear economic need which in this case there is not.
  • Striker Theresa 2012/07/09 21:31:32
    Striker
    Oh Oh, is "need" to prevail over good sense?
  • Theresa Striker 2012/07/09 21:53:46
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    +1
    No need is not prevailing but the word Economic is the one you should focus on.
  • Striker Theresa 2012/07/09 22:04:47
    Striker
    +1
    Of course I have already done that, years ago. When we sacrifice our Right to Life to their "Need", what will remain?
  • Theresa Striker 2012/07/09 22:06:38
    Theresa
    +2
    Good question. the Eugenicists in the WH are wanting the useless eaters dead just like their counterparts in NAZI germany did!
  • keeper 2012/07/09 18:54:50
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    Rick is not alone in this fight!
  • Striker keeper 2012/07/09 21:32:17
    Striker
    Hope he has the guts to stick to his guns. He's rather a pussy.
  • Walt 2012/07/09 18:34:31
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    Walt
    +8
    Governors who are slamming the door shut on the communist agenda embedded in 0bamacare are doing their best for their states.

    (Governor Bobby Jindal of my state is doing the same. Go Bobby!)
  • Rebel Yell 2012/07/09 18:33:10
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    Approximately 27% of Texans currently have no insurance and that has never bothered Perry in the least, so this comes as no surprise. If states refuse to set up the exchanges, the federal government will. It would be better if the states handled that because populations and needs differ from state to state. Fourteen states and the disctrict of Columbia are going ahead with the exchanges.

    I want a healthy populace. While the federal government would pay at least 90 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion, some red state governors now say the remainder is still too much. There's no other provision in the Affordable Care Act to cover the very poor. The very poor work in construction, bus tables in restaurants, work the agricultural farms, etc. I really choose not to have someone with scabies or TB waiting on me at Denny's.

    The Far Riight is constantly moaning about how Obama breaks the law. What are they doing now?
  • Prairie... Rebel Yell 2012/07/09 19:06:48
    Prairie Wind
    +5
    I hear, "I want another entitlement!" ...

    There is no obligation within our Constitution to provide anyone with healthcare insurance and no where in the Constitution will you even find mention of it.

    I don't want to pay for what you should be paying for yourself.
  • my2cents Prairie... 2012/07/10 03:49:42
    my2cents
    The SCOTUS disagreed, didn't they?
  • Jackie ... Rebel Yell 2012/07/09 19:45:34
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +3
    You forget that all have access to health care in Texas - that is the key, not the fricking insurance.
  • my2cents Jackie ... 2012/07/10 03:49:24
    my2cents
    Uh, what?

    Don't you know that Texas has the greatest number of uninsured people IN THE UNION?

    Who pays for the uninsured poor when they get health care? PAYING for the care is key, and insurance helps pay! You think everyone gets free care?
  • Jackie ... my2cents 2012/07/10 03:52:58 (edited)
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    That is untrue and So what? All people in Texas have access to health care.
  • my2cents Jackie ... 2012/07/10 04:41:39
    my2cents
    Who pays for this access to health care? If the poor don't have insurance and can't pay for themselves, who pays for it?
  • Prairie... my2cents 2012/07/10 04:46:18
    Prairie Wind
    Mexico, we're coming home!
  • my2cents Prairie... 2012/07/10 05:21:42
    my2cents
    If only it were true! (*sigh*)
  • sbtbill Prairie... 2012/07/10 06:56:23
    sbtbill
    Well at least you would get government health care.
  • sbtbill my2cents 2012/07/10 06:55:19
    sbtbill
    The middle income tax payers of Texas of course.

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