Rick Perry Won’t Implement Obamacare In TX
announced Monday that Texas will not expand medicaid or establish a
health insurance exchange. Theses are two major tenets of the federal
health law known as Obamacare. So in other words, Texas will not be
implementing Obamacare in its entirety.
Governor Perry echoed his statement on Monday evening in a letter to U. S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The letter reads,
I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who
reject the PPACA power grab. Thank God and our nation’s founders that we
have the right to do so.
Neither a”state” exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under the
Orwellian-named PPACA would result in better “patient protection” or in
more “affordable çate.” What they would do is make Texas a mere
appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.
In Perry’s announcement on Monday he continued the thought of the letter
“If anyone was in doubt, we in Texas have no intention to
implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under
Obamacare. I will not be party to socializing healthcare and
bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our
founding principles of limited government.”
The Texas Tribune reported on how the announcement went over.
The Texas Democratic Party fired back quickly after Perry’s announcement, calling it “both cruel and negligent.”
“No person with a speck of intelligence would turn down billions in
federal dollars that would be a boon to our economy and help Texans,”
spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña said in a statement. “…Rick Perry’s Texas
solution is to let Texans stay ill and uninsured. That is not a health
Perry’s Monday announcement follows word last week from the Health
and Human Services Commission that the decision on expanding Medicaid
would be left to lawmakers in the 2013 Legislature, which begins in
January. The Medicaid expansion, which would cost the already strapped
state budget about $6 billion between 2014 and 2019, isn’t supposed to
start until 2014.
What these liberals do not understand is that beginning in 2013 the
Medicaid expansion alone would cost Texas $6 billion between 2014 and
2019. Texas is already on a very tight budget. they don’t need $6
billion more thrown in the works over five years.
The letter by Governor Perry ended in a few lines that sounds just like part of the Texas tradition:
I look forward to implementing health care solutions that
are right for the people of Texas. I urge you to support me in that
effort. In the meantime, the PPACA’s (Obamacare) unsound encroachments
will find no foothold here.
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