Perry Says NO-bamacare for Texas

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Obamacare in Texas? Yeah, that's a good one.
This morning, in a move about as surprising as the sun rising, Governor Rick Perry came out with guns blazing against the Affordable Health Care Act, recently approved (mostly) by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The act's expanded Medicaid coverage for the poor will not be implemented in Perry's state, despite the fact that Texas ranked dead last in the federal government's report on healthcare services and delivery. And he says he'll also nix the health insurance exchange, another major tenet of the legislation.

"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," Perry said in a strongly worded letter to Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

He included a request that she relay a message to President Obama:

"I oppose both the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the creation of a so-called 'state' insurance exchange, because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state."

Perry shares his sentiments with a growing list of governors including Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Rick Scott of Florida and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

Expanding the "broken system" of Medicaid, Perry writes, will "exacerbate the failure of the current system, and would threaten even Texas with financial ruin." (Implied: If it will threaten Texas with financial ruin, everywhere else will be ruined three-fold.)

Not included in Perry's letter is that Texas is the "uninsured capital of the United States," as worded by the Texas Medical Association. More than six million Texans lack insurance, including more than a million children -- a rate that's almost twice the national average. While no one would argue that Medicaid is a perfect system, Obamacare would provide coverage to more Texans. Further complicating the discussion, The Associated Press reported yesterday that fewer Texas doctors are accepting Medicaid patients, because they are not fully reimbursed for the care they provide.

Under the current underfunded public healthcare system, doctors take the hit alongside the government. So to expand that could make it difficult for those insured by government programs to find adequate care and could create a more widespread system of doctors who aren't compensated for the services they provide or an increasing number of doctors who refuse to offer services to Medicaid patients.

So, the situation here in Texas isn't ideal, to put it very mildly. But is the answer telling the federal government to shove it, at the expense of those who most need the expanded care? In Texas -- yes.

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Jared Heath
Jared Heath

and your statistics backing up your claim are where? I'll wait...forever.  (they don't exist FUDDER)

Jared Heath
Jared Heath

It won't last.  Eventually the state will have to give in...its going to be too much $$$ to ignore. The Reps will eventually lose the state if they don't

Cgarcia53
Cgarcia53

Perry is a drunk idiot.....I don't agree with Obama care either but Rick Perry really....

Guest
Guest

Ok that was rude and not particularly funny or smart, I retract that, but you have got to clean out these morons and shysters like Perry and the tea-bag idiots if you want to remain a first world country. S & P downgraded the US because of these idiots not because of Obama.

Guest
Guest

Im foreign and was linked to a diff story from a sport site. WHy are American politicians, and thus by reflection their voters, so cretinous? You seriously have 3rd-world politics, its hilarious

Diaf
Diaf

You probably have diabetes, are on Medicade, and don't even understand how screwed you are.

Mike
Mike

All the whining and Texas rises to number 1 for business on the annual CNBC survey. It is all that matters. Keep beating that drum and workers, businesses and jobs keep pouring into the state. We'll check back in 2020 for that awesome demographic change you keep predicting. We have only been waiting for it for 2 or 3 decades. It must be taking Amtrak.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

A little narrow minded - how about throwing in broke ass California 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

Ha Ha Suckers - this is what you get when only 35% of registered voters actually vote

RTGolden
RTGolden

What's The Boss have to do with this?

Zizi JeanMer
Zizi JeanMer

Perry hates the federal government so much.  Why did he beg Obama for money during last year's brush fires?

Liberty
Liberty

This POS should not make a decision like this for the state of Texas.  This should be a vote on the November ballot.   Of the nation's 435 congressional districts, Texas districts topped the list with the highest percentage of uninsured residents.  The lowest percentage was Masssachusetts, which in 2006 legislated  Romneycare.  With a population of over 4.4 million people in Texas, the poverty rate is 17.9%.  That 17.9 percent of people fill our emergency rooms in the state of Texas where we the citizenry pay for their health care through our taxes.  Emergency room health care is the most expensive form of healthcare and those that do not have health insurance use that form for the common cold to a headache.  Please lord, bring on the Rapture so Rick Perry can go home!

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