Rick Perry and State Health Commissioner Insist Obama Hates Women, Loves Abortion

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A few days ago, we told you that Texas's Medicaid Women's Health Program appears to be on death's door, which could leave some 130,000 low-income Texas women without vital medical care. We also mentioned that Gov. Rick Perry's administration appeared eager to blame the program's end on the feds broadly and the president specifically. Things are heating up fast on that front: Late yesterday Perry released an editorial blasting "Obama's twisted set of values" and "continued disregard for the basic concept of states' rights," while pledging to fight "any and all efforts to destroy or dilute the protections we've put in place for our unborn."

To review, Perry's missive comes after Texas Executive Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs signed a provision into law last week that bans healthcare providers with "abortion affiliates" from being a part of the Women's Health Program. It's a move that seems designed to cut out Planned Parenthood, whose clinics see 40 percent of WHP patients. But blocking qualified healthcare providers is a violation of federal law, and the WHP is largely funded by federal money: Uncle Sam provides $9 for every $1 Texas puts into the program. CMS, which has told states before not to do what Texas done did, still hasn't formally responded to the new rule.

In the meantime, though, Rick Perry's come out swingin', accusing the president's administration of "putting their political agenda ahead of sound policy and the delivery of cost-efficient health care," and of the ominous-sounding "federal encroachment" (though no mention is made of the feds paying for 90 percent of program in the first place. Details, details.) Texas, the governor says, "is an easy target for such attacks because we value life and have worked hard to preserve and protect its sanctity over the years."

And yesterday seems to have been a day of outraged letter-writing for state politicians: Hours before Perry's note went out, the Texas Tribune reported that Rick Perry received a letter of his own, this one from Texas Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs.

Suehs, who also cc:ed Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus, argues that the feds cutting off funding to Texas would be an affront to states' rights. Inevitably, he says, it would lead to a state of affairs in which Texas would be forced to allow "tax cheats, deadbeat parents, and even people suspected of serious abuse to participate in the Medicaid program. This is a risk I am unwilling to expose our clients to."

Suehs and Perry agree that if the program ends, as Suehs puts it, "it will end because the federal government preferred to promote its support of abortion providers and their affiliates rather than the health of Texas women."

In other words: cutting out Planned Parenthood is a caring move. And a blow for liberty. And a defense of the unborn. Just in case you were confused.

The new rule is still set to go into effect March 14. In the meantime, Texas women, try not to worry about losing your healthcare. Take comfort in the fact that your governor has pledged to fight against "the Obama Administration's ongoing efforts to seize more control over the actions of every state, every town and every household." Very reassuring.

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kris8124
kris8124

If the Women's Health Program is cancelled, it's the Obama administration's fault!

The State Legislature and the Governor are more than willing to fully fund the Women's Health Program. The state's application for renewal of the program, which expires on March 31, makes it clear they want the program to continue and will have more than 2,400 providers available when fewer than 50 Planned Parenthood sites are excluded from funding.

CharlesYates
CharlesYates

The fact that Texas was burning while Nero Perry was gallivanting around the country may quickly change how he stands in America's voters eyes.

Whitman1
Whitman1

When are the guys in the white suits going to pick this guy up?

Sybil
Sybil

Oh, lordy, these people make my head hurt.

Joe L
Joe L

It's outrageous that Perry et al are playing politics with life and death health matters.  Perry just keeps looking more and more ridiculous, as do all we Texans who elected him

CollinBabs
CollinBabs

I don't think Obama hates women but have felt for quite some time that Perry sure does! The HPV vaccine mandate, the sonogram law are just a few glaring examples of how our Gov disrespects women and encourages such a culture in the Texas lege. Let us hope that should he swagger for another term the voters, especially the women, will finally say ENOUGH.  I'm not a liberal, I'm not a Dem or Rep, I'm not a "secular progressive", but I am a woman who has been alarmed by D-OH Gov's actions and was incensed by the presumed state gov ownership of my body and my health. 

Schmetterling Mariposa
Schmetterling Mariposa

The hypocrisy here is unbelievable. If anyone hates women, it's Rick Perry, Santorum, and the rest of their ilk. It's enraging to me as a woman.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

But as a man, you are just fine with it?

Darrylrs
Darrylrs

yes indeed, perry and santorum want to take america back a century to when white males ruled the territory. but it isn't going to happen and the mainstream conservative knows this. tha's why romney is going to be the nominee, just like mccain, a sacrificial lamb, a centrist republican white dude that has no chance. obama isn't perfect, but he gets another four years to show us that harvard brain.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Perry is just like Newt McPherson (aka Gingrich) blaming the victims of his actions.   He is a presidential failure, a hypocrite and an embarrassment to the State.    Pro life-he is more pro birth –once the child is born it is time to kick both the mother and child.   Now about that “honorary Texan” award that he gave to that pervert Rush Limbaugh?   Are you too a pervert Rick?  My guess is that you and your supporters are.    You can’t seem to keep your nose out of people’s private affairs.   Your  rhetoric and hiding behind God is blasphemous.  

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Governor Perry is not eliminating health care for anybody.  Get over the rhetoric, people.

This is a funding/entitlement issue.  This state does not want to fund abortions or organizations who provide them.  Withholding funding from those organizations does not reduce the available healthcare.  

It does, however, eliminate a tax funded entitlement.  By all means, argue the merit of that decision.  But put the fucking Red Herrings away, please.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I don’t want to subsidies a religious institutions-I want them to pay taxes. Especially those who have a history of sticking their noses into other people’s private business while preaching hate and intolerance.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

The only people who subsidize religious institutions are the ones who donate to them.

In addition to the Red Herrings, can we also tone down the hyperbole just a smidgen?

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Two buildings one a house (or business) the other a chuch.   The latter does not pay property taxes.  As a result the house (and businesses) that pay taxes subsidies the church,   This is one example-what about income tax on thier income?  No tax there.

Equineservice
Equineservice

Loose health care ???? Distortion is a very good word when anything planned planned parenthood is involved in comes to mind..,it would be abortion care only! Planned parent hood is not wanting its funding cut..

bnuckols
bnuckols

The State has already made contracts with other providers. While a nice side benefit, PP wasn't excluded because they are PP. They were excluded because the State had to prioritize our funds. PP doesn't offer comprehensive continuing care. They don't treat high blood pressure, but Federally Qualified Health Centers do. They don't treat diabetes, but the health clinic run by the county does. They don't even write orders for mammograms, they just have a list of clinics that do.

Edward
Edward

Wow! So problem solved. Why are Perry and the rest all in a tizzy then? According to you, other providers have stepped up and the program will continue without any problems.

Or did I misunderstand what you wrote?

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

No, while the points made by @bnuckols:disqus  seem valid, they do violate the fact that qualified providers, which PP is, cannot be excluded.  If the Federal Government would relax this requirement, the problem would be solved.

The problem is that President Obama and Governor Perry aren't exactly BFFs and the Federal Government has enjoyed every chance it has gotten over the past 3 years to show Texas who is boss.

RTGolden
RTGolden

States' Rights, I would think, can't be intelligently connected to this issue.  The State of Texas has the right, within it's borders, and with its own revenue, to conduct business as it sees fit, as long as such business conduct does not violate Federal Law.

The Federal government, when dispensing its funds, has the right to stipulate conditions under which these funds can be used.  In regards to the funds in question here, the feds have put certain stipulations in place.  One is that Federal funds cannot be used to perform abortions.  Planned Parenthood makes the claim that none of their Federal Funding goes toward performing abortions.  It is up to the accusers to prove that Planned Parenthood is misusing funds, not up to PP to prove that they aren't.  Thus far, after at least 15 years of investigation after investigation, misuse of funds by PP has not been proven.  Secondly, the Feds say their money cannot be denied to qualified providers, which PP is.  The good guv'ner is being disingenuous when he claims that cutting off funds is an attack on States' Rights.  The opposite is true.  By deliberately invoking the State of Texas' right to conduct funds as it sees fit, Texas is violating the spirit in which the Federal funds are granted, thus forfeiting the State's access (not the right) to the funding.

Take the emotional issues of abortion and health care for poor out of the scenario, and the facts become plainly evident.  If you want the money, these conditions must be met.  If you don't meet these conditions, you don't get the money.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Rick just wants the best of both worlds: The money and the ability to vilify the Federal gov't (well, as long as a Dem is running it).

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

 Anna.....you are just going to have to accept that Rick Perry knows what is best for your vagina.  I may be reading between the lines but it sounds like you could be a slut too.  Thus YOU would be the one to blame for the recent tornados in Branson.  If it matters, I still like you.

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

Wait, I finally thought of one that probably won't get me fired: The words "Rick Perry" and "vagina" in the same sentence make me want to hide under the bed forever.

I realize it's not that funny, but I feel like I should at least try to keep my natural vulgarity at a minimum here.  

Nose2Much
Nose2Much

Seven words is the closest that Rick Perry has come to a vagina in decades!

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

So many jokes! None that I can make at work, really! Sigh. 

HEY YOU, IN THE BACK
HEY YOU, IN THE BACK

 I would say that Governor Perry use of the " Chewbacca Defense" has worked well for him these many years. What makes you think he's gonna change his ways, God? Not likely. Not even God can get a message through that impenetrable pelt of hair and chemicals.

Charles Jensen
Charles Jensen

Rick, Rick, Rick, stop talking about woman.  What do you know about them, anyhow.  Come out of the closet and talking about the issue that really fascinates you.

Augie
Augie

Sigh.  I"d really hoped that the implosion of the most embarrassing Presidential candidacy run in years would end this type of insanity. Guess Governor All hair, no brain is going to keep pounding his head against the wall and rage against the President, regardless of how many Texans he has to shoot in the foot to do so. 

Someone please explain to me how removing women's health care for the poor is a less important right than the Governors attempt to tacitly remove the ability of women to have an abortion?  Is it the "Christian" thing to hate the poor in favor of the unborn?  

Gosspl
Gosspl

Three more years of this asshattery? 

NewsDog
NewsDog

Not if I can do anything about it... and I'm Republican.

I want to nominate the ghost of Ann Richards. Her ghost is lass scarry than the Perry nightmare.  

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Probably 7 after he decides to run again and show off his gun in every backwater town on the campaign trail.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Yes, yes. Blame the feds for your discrimination against Texans who just want basic health services.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

 I think they see not taking the 9 dollars  from the FEDS saves them the one dollar that would come from Texas .

In this case it happens to be women's health care that gets the empty envelope .

I am not sure but I think there are other areas where FED GOV funds  have  gone away because of ( lack of action from Austin ) Not sure of what the proper term is or what the funds were to be used for .

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

9 +1 = 10 ? Uhhhhh so is the cash there ? Or has that FED GOV money disappeared  down the  lets use this money to fund that rabbit hole that is the State Government of Texas spending process ?

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