Texas governor rejects expansion of Medicaid program
'I will not be party to socializing healthcare,' Governor Rick Perry declares
Texas will not implement an expansion of the Medicaid program for the
poor or create a health insurance exchange, Governor Rick Perry
declared. The edict left Texas with the highest percentage of people
without health insurance outside President Barack Obama's signature law.
'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,' Texas Governor Rick Perry said.
Perry has joined his fellow Republican governors in Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Louisiana in rejecting the two provisions of the new law. These governors are counting on November elections that will result in Republicans winning the White House and enough seats in Congress to repeal the law.
"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," Perry said.
Perry sent a letter on Monday to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to relay the message to Obama that Perry opposes the provisions "because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state."
"I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab. Neither a 'state' exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better 'patient protection' or in more 'affordable care,'" Perry said. The governor dropped out of the Republican presidential race last January. "They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care."
The state of Texas was one of 26 that challenged in court the 2010 law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The stipulation is that if any states resist the healthcare plan, and do not create insurance exchanges, the federal government will establish them for the states. The exchanges are intended to extend health coverage to an additional 16 million people, while the Medicaid expansion broadens eligibility requirements to cover another 16 million people.
The Supreme Court said Congress went too far in the part of the law that requires states to expand Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for low-income people.
Perry recently declared Medicaid as a failure on Fox News.
"To expand this program is like adding a thousand people to the Titanic," Perry said on Fox. "You don't expand a program that is not working already. If the federal government were serious about finding solutions, what they would do is block-grant those dollars back to the states, so states could find more efficient ways to deliver healthcare."
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