Rick Perry Won't Implement Obamacare In TX

Former GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry 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 care plan."

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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  • Vicki Trusselli

    freaking crazy.... i wish i could afford to move back to california. texas perry sucks......i do not understand what freaking health care has to be about being liberal. you people are soo. dumb and so non caring and have a lack of human kindness. i am 63 and i am tired of freaking idiots who do not like obamacare. you are total fools and want us to die......it will slap you in the face....big time. for being so non caring and having no empathy or a having a dark soul.........has nothing to do with christian. nothing. but greed and wanting to tread all over your human brothers and sisters. you are awful. obamacare rocks. i live on a beach in texas and i like obamacare and you are a nut for not wanting health insurance for all. you have a dark soul

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.m.anderson.560 Robert M. Anderson

    The 10th Article of Amendment is very clear; the sovereign states "...retain all powers not granted to the Federal Government..." More importantly, of course, all the sovereign states possess the right of Nullification; that is, an illegal Federal law can be nullified lawfully by any state. For example, the National ID that was proposed several years ago was quickly nullified, and rightly so, by 26 states. Needless to say, we do no have national IDs. The same is true for the Obamacare nonsense (which, for those not paying attention, requires STATES to pay for it, which they probably cannot do); if enough states Nullify it, it will cease to curse us anymore. Also, for those who followed the incorrect SCOTUS decision, Roberts (not to be underestimated) called it a "tax". A tax can be repealed by a simple majority (e.g., 51 to 49) in the Senate. With a real President (Romney) who would then sign it, that too would 'gut' the stupid bill.

  • RDerrick

    Hurrah to Perry! I pray The Republic of Texas is on it's way. Perry is stepping in at every point to reject the socialist dictatorship of many in the rest of the country. I say let them have it and dig their own ditch for themselves. Only fools follow blind guides therein!

  • Robert

    i like it! now we need to remove the supreme court justices who do not uphold the constitution. and we need to clean out all treasonous congressmen who voted this healthcare bill into existence as well. in fact, while we're doing all this cleaning we may want to simply clean out the entire federal government in order to form a more perfect union that is true to the constitution!

  • ginjitdw

    Isn't this the presidential candidate who was not "smart enough". Well at least he has the smarts to say "no" and take a stand unlike romney.

  • JoAnne of Alamo Hgts

    Perry's stand on the Medicade eexpansion issue of Obamacare is just one more reason I am proud to be a Texan!!!

  • Doris Wilson

    Gov. Perry has pulled some "lu-lu's" in the past but THIS exonerates (sic) him!! Thank God!! He DOES have the courage & confidence to dig his heels in & stand TEXAS' ground!!

  • Discusted with the whole mess

    Reading these comments about religion made me forget what the article was about. I agree with most comments, but charity starts at home. Why don't all of you good people that agree with Obama care take the poor into your home and pay for their needs. The illegal’s, the self inflicted disabled.(drug addicts and alcoholics, the lazy and the users.) They all need a home and health care too. I'm tired of footing the bill. Perry is absolutely right, but the whole bill should bee repealed. Texas is a proud state. Maybe all of you clueless can move to CA. They will welcome you with open arms. You go Perry!!!

  • jrmag

    Go Rick!!! YAY!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bexartexas Toni Foster

    Thank You, and God Bless Texas, because D.C. really dosesn't like us. I'm all good with that.

  • JQPublius

    This will be a test of Texan's will: without the Exchange, people who
    would otherwise be eligible for the Federal tax-deduction for their
    insurance will not be allowed to take the deduction.

    What people are not recognizing yet is that the implementation of the
    Act is FAR worse than the letter of the Act, and that the writers spent
    more time incorporating political trap-doors, such as this one, than
    they did trying to improve health-care, itself a misnomer as the Act is
    insurance reform.

  • all for freedom

    If my state does not follow Texas' lead, I'm moving there - to a land of freedom!

  • Lee Giani

    Thank goodness Governor Perry has a backbone! His move will continue to keep Texas and its' people strong and independent. I pray that this "alleged" president obama is voted out of office in November, otherwise I suspect he will also dispense with the office of president and establish himself as "King" or "Dictator" for the rest of his "unnatural" life. He is despicable!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ike.riddle.9 Ike Riddle

    Does it surprise anyone that today the government is suing Texas AGAIN? What a corrupt bunch of crazies that are now in charge, but hopefully they will soon join the unemployed so that those who are now unemployed can become employed.

    • Robert30

      Don't be serprised if we all will be sued.

  • Ringo

    The bible also says if you don't work you don't eat. Giving people who don't won't to work a free ticket is not the answer. Yes, we should help where help is needed, but I know many who take classes on how to screw the government and get what t hey can for free and you are paying for it now. I am proud to stand along side with Gov. Perry - keep up the good work!

    • Robert30

      You tell em bro!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Obadiahorthodox Obadiah Robinson

    FILTHY REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS!!!!! The 1st year the federal government pays 100% of the medicare cost!!! after that it pays90% with 10% being paid by the state.

    • guest

      Not the problem of the governors just the FILTHY republicunts who refuse to help the down and out and needy. These needy caused by bush and cheney who should be tried in the Hague before they die of natural causes.
      They are directly responsible for killing millions of innocent Muslim men, women and children. Those that they did not kill are maimed for life.
      Such a wonderful group. Imagine what they will give to the poor and disenfranchised in the u.s.

    • Robert30

      Whose you calling a filty Republican Governer?

  • mocarter

    ...and how will he protect Texans from the IRS bullyclub?

  • John Kinzer

    Good for Governor Perry!

  • http://www.facebook.com/raymie.connolly.7 Raymie Connolly

    i might move to Texas...