Rick Perry Vows to Save the Medicaid Women's Health Program from the Evil Feds

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Rick Perry and Tom Suehs are looking out for your uterus, ladies.
Update, March 10: Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced late Friday in Houston that federal funding to the WHP would be cut. She said the program will wind down over the next several months, and that the feds are considering funding Planned Parenthood directly. In response, Allison Castle, Perry's communications director, released a statement from the governor's office, which read, in part,
"The fact that the Obama Administration would announce its decision to deny care for more than 100,000 low income women during a press event before giving official notice to the state is a clear demonstration of the political motivation behind this decision. This tactic is an affront to the more than 100,000 women served by this program. We await official word from the Administration on this matter and in the meantime, at Gov. Perry's direction, the state continues to move forward to ensure low-income women will not lose access to this preventative care. Gov. Perry will continue to fight this egregious federal overreach and defend life, our state's laws and the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Original item, Friday, March 9:The argument between Texas and the feds over the fate of the Medicaid Women's Health Program keeps dragging on, with the federal government still not saying how it'll respond to a new rule from Texas that blocks healthcare providers with "abortion affiliates" from participating in the program, a violation of federal law.

That rule, as we've told you before, is set to go into effect March 14. Late yesterday, Governor Rick Perry's office issued a release promising that the WHP would be saved:

"Gov. Rick Perry today said he is unwilling to let more than 100,000 low-income Texas women pay the price for the Obama Administration's unwavering loyalty to abortion providers and their affiliates."

The governor didn't go into just how the WHP would be saved without Planned Parenthood being allowed to remain in the program; Perry's office continues to insist that PP "represents just two percent of enrolled providers statewide," without mentioning that its clinics also see 40 percent of WHP patients.

Instead, Perry has apparently directed Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs to "identify state funding to continue to provide these services," although the feds currently supply 90 percent of the funding for the program. Perry also wrote to Suehs that "Texans send a substantial amount of our tax dollars to Washington, DC, and it is unacceptable that the Obama Administration is denying Texas taxpayers the use of those dollars to fund this program, simply because of its pro-abortion agenda."

The release adds that "Texas will carry the costs from the time the Obama Administration cuts funding for the program until this impending decision is reversed, either by negotiated resolution or litigation."

The program will expire March 31 if the federal government doesn't grant Texas's request for a waiver from Medicare and Medicaid rules, which prohibit blocking qualified providers from the program.

Obviously we can expect everyone in this situation to put aside their partisan differences and pull together for the good of low-income Texas women, whose healthcare will be absolutely decimated if the WHP dies. Or, no, wait, Rick Perry has something else to say, this time to President Obama:

"Your administration's attempt to violate states' rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by mandating which health providers the State of Texas must use is nothing more than an effort to continue to financially support abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and their affiliates."

Yep. This should end well.

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Ann
Ann

Funny, Perry was not fighting the feds when Bush had the white-house. A black man gets elected and republicans go crazy. Perry declined 35 million in aid for PP, now he pretends he cares about low income w omen's health?

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

Elections have consequences.  Think next time before you vote or choose not to vote.  SMH

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I noted in the news the other day some one else (besides me) who would like to see a "a none of the above" on the ballot.   This way if both choices are odious then we do not have to pick the lesser of two evils.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

It's called a write-in vote.

Paul
Paul

 For local and state elections (in TX at least) I don't think that there is such thing as a "write in candidate".

You can always turn in a blank ballot.  In a past election, the councilmember for my district ran unopposed.  Only about 45% of the people who voted in that election in my precinct cast a ballot for that councilmember.

Unfortunately, the local press does not report this statistic when reporting election returns on unopposed races.

I think reporting the number of ballots (or percentage) cast where an unopposed candidate did not receive a vote would go a long way to encouraging participation in running for various offices.

To see where an unopposed candidate received no vote from whatever percentage of the total ballots cast would be very interesting.  Just think what the response if it were reported that 65% (or whatever percentage) of the ballots cast did not vote for an unopposed candidate.

hth

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Ok how would one accomplish this on an electonic voting?   Any suggestions in doing this to voice disapproval for both canidates?

Mtbank8
Mtbank8

Can we please recall this idiot? The agenda he's pushing is hurting people.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Let us not forget those in the ledg that have enabled him.  Primary is in May and time to try to choose a good alternative to the present incumbents.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Perhaps it is time for a recall of Rick the Prick Perry.   In my travels I am embarrassed when people find I am from Texas-they say “ah you are from the Republic” (in reference to his statement that he wanted to secede from the US).  Now that is a stupid (among many) statements to make when you are the governor.

Paul
Paul

 Unfortunately, the governor cannot be recalled in Texas.  We will just have to wait for the next election.

And please, please people, if a dead possum is running against Li'l Ricky;  please, please vote for the dead possum.  I can assure you that the dead possum will not disappoint you.

And don't worry, the stink from Austin during the Legislative Session will surely overshadow that of the dead possum.

Besides the odor emanating from a dead possum will certainly be more mellifluous than that currently wafting out the door.

scurryman
scurryman

All you guys seem to forget states have rights. That is the main battleground of the upcoming election. Amazed so many of you think the federal government knows best. Once you give the Fed all the power they own you.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

This is politics, right?

Liberals want to implement their social engineering agenda.  What better way to do it than by imposing it on all states at once?

Just to be fair and balanced, when the conservative Republicans are in power nationally, they try to do the same thing.  And states like MA and OR scream bloody murder and complain about states rights.

It's kinda funny to watch.

Just remember:

A reasonable man knows there are two sides to every opinion.  An intelligent man knows that in politics both sides lie.An average man chooses a side.  An insane man defends it.- Benjamin Franklin

jfpo
jfpo

 "Liberals want to implement their social engineering agenda.  What better way to do it than by imposing it on all states at once?"

Actually, it was Reagan that started this in the 80's when his administration mandated that all states raise the legal drinking age to 21 (it was 19 in Ohio when I was living there) or be cut off from federal highway funds. But I suppose these days, you consider Reagan some sort of liberal or "RINO."

I'm not sure what your social engineering obsession is, but it's not liberals that have an obsession to screw over the poor or insist that public education needs to be eradicated or that women shouldn't have a sex life. I think Ben Franklin might consider you man number  four.

jfpo
jfpo

I read the whole thing, sorry I didn't break it down line by line for you but I find your obsession with liberal "social engineering" fascinating since it's conservatives trying to get up in everybody's ass on a daily basis.

Point deductions: fair and balanced -1, bro -2.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Did you read my entire comment or just the first two sentences?  Try making it to the very first sentence in the next paragraph, please.

"Just to be fair and balanced, when the conservative Republicans are in power nationally, they try to do the same thing".

I think the number four is you, bro.

Sa
Sa

Actually, Perry has made a really dumb mistake by committing to find the money.  Note, this was both verbally *and* in writing - his office's press release.  Why such a bad mistake?  Because it can't be done, and he's given the Democrats an *big*issue to keep after him with, hopefully through the gubernatorial election in 2014.

Where are his handlers?  They're supposed to keep him from doing stupid stuff like this.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

There aren't enough minders n the world to keep Rick Perry from doing stupid stuff.

Sybil
Sybil

Brain damage. That's the only plausible explanation.

Paul
Paul

 Ummm ... that is assuming that he does have one that can be damaged ....

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I bet he is going to save them after he pays the state back for the costs involved in his Republican Presidental run.   Perhaps it will come from his retirement pay that he is collecting.

Sa
Sa

Oh, well phrased, sir!  Well phrased!

downtownworker
downtownworker

Don't blame me. You people keep electing this clown.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I sure as hell never did, either.

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

Neither did I, but if you ask around it hard to find people who will admit they voted for him.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I did, the first time only. I was young and stupid and now paying the price. Perry is like a bad tattoo--you can try to avoid him but he'll make himself known from time to time and make you wince.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

The best thing Perry can do is offer himself up to women for the douche that he is. 

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Eeeewwwww!

cp
cp

Really. We don't want him inside our vag's. Oh wait...

Lonny
Lonny

When our fellow Texans perpetually elect someone like Governor Perry, results of this type are to be expected.  Perry has taken the fictitious "fight the Feds" argument to greater and greater heights, but this is not new.  This is but one of a litany of inane actions taken by our Governor.  Cause and effect people!

MattL1
MattL1

What the hell does "affiliate" even mean in the context of this statute? What's next, no money for organizations who could possibly treat a woman who had an abortion in the past or might do so in the future? When is enough enough for these jagoffs?

Wayne
Wayne

Why is every Republican controlled state screwing its citizens? Public employees, women and children, pensions, teachers,voter ID's.....like let's march back 400 years!

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Using Texas women as a pawn in Perry's ongoing "battle" with Big Bad Washington, D.C. (and evil Planned Parenthood) is unacceptable.And I thought Perry wanted to decrease spending. He certainly has no problem cutting billions out of our public schools. Why not let the feds continue to pay for 90 percent?Time to start the recall Perry campaign.

Likeicare
Likeicare

And don't forget the $10,000 rent per month we spend on his house, and money being spent on "renovating" the governor's mansion! and his pension!

Daniel
Daniel

President Obama is responsible for federal Medicaid rules how? And the 10th amendment guarantees that federal funding be doled out to states with no strings attached where?

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