Perry: Texas will stand against 'Obamacare'
July 9th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Perry: Texas will stand against 'Obamacare'

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday the Lone Star State will not execute major parts of the Affordable Care Act, the controversial federal health care law recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

"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 Republican governor said in a statement.

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In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Perry said Texas has no intention to "expand Medicaid under Obamacare" or implement the so-called state exchanges, which are intended to lower costs for everyone by expanding the pool of insured and spreading out risk.

Perry, who ran an unsuccessful bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, took issue with those who claim the reformed health care system would lower costs and enhance patient protection.

The governor said the law's provisions "would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care."

He joins a growing list of other GOP governors who have so far said they'll delay implementation of the law. They include neighboring Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida.

"We have the best interest of our citizens, not the federal government," he said Monday on Fox News. "How we pay for it and how we deliver it should be our decision."

The governor instead suggested allocating Medicaid in block grants, allowing each state to tailor the program to its specific needs.

According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute, 14 states and the District of Columbia have made "significant progress" toward implementing reforms, while another 19 states have made "moderate progress," leaving 17 states - or about a third - that have yet to change their laws or take other steps toward implementation.

Asked Monday about a new report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which ranked Texas dead last in terms of delivering health services, Perry forcefully hit back against the new study.

"The idea that this federal government, which doesn't like Texas to begin with, can pick and choose and come up with some data and say Texas has the worst health care system in the world is just fake and false on its face," Perry said, pointing to the state's renowned health care facilities.

This isn't the first time Perry has refused to accept federal monies. In 2010, the governor did not take funds for the government's "Race to the Top" education program, citing the state would be required to replace state testing standards with national requirements.

- CNN's Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Health care • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Detada

    For many Texans, Perry is the gift that keeps on giving. Ugh!

    July 9, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. judith

    Well, we already knew Perry was a moron, and this just confirms it.

    July 9, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    Oooops guy won't talk about the number of people in Tx dying with no insurance each month.

    July 9, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |

    Good... it is about damn time the states tell the federal government enough is enough. The desire of the federal government to rule every aspect of our lives must be stopped. I was not born a federal government slave and refuse to be one.

    July 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    Well if you don't want to implement the exchanges Ricky, the government will do it for you. As far as the Medicaid expansion goes, you're just a plain idiot for declining free money. What kills me though is that these states refusing to take the money have very poor populations who will benefit from expanding Medicaid. They're going to face a firestorm of protests if they refuse the money.

    July 9, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    The Georgia governor (may he NEVER get into an elected office again) said the same thing. I didn't vote for him then, I won't vote for him ever, I'll campaign against anyone that votes against healthcare reform.

    July 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Tim

    What a tool. The ACA allows for states to not implement its rules if the states can demonstrate that they can still meet the provisions on their own.

    "How we pay for it and how we deliver it should be our decision." It *is* your decision, dingus.

    July 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Bob

    "The state's renowned health care facilities" ... which you can only visit if you're rich or insured. Perry intends to ensure that the 25% of the population without health insurance keep their dirty, grimy selves out of them.

    July 9, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Perry, all for one and one for none

    July 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. SimpletonB

    Well heck, he sure showed them.. By not giving up Texas standards he showed the Lone Star state could remain at the bottom of the barrel for education... It is too bad, they have some fine institutions, like UT Austin (The university has an endowment of $7.2 billion, out of the $16.11 billion – according to 2008 estimates – available to the University of Texas System, reflecting the fact that the school has the largest endowment of any public university in the nation)... Amazing they continue to be woeful in K-12 ed and healthcare....

    July 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    Wow,, Gov Perry finds something he WON't EXECUTE!!

    July 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    The states that border the non-compliant states need to come up with some way to protect their taxpayers from those who would "hustle across the border" to enjoy what their own governments are denying. Remember – it isn't the very poor who are already covered, or those who have private insurance – it's the ones who can afford to pay but choose to stick the already insured with the bill who will be trying to get over on their neighbors.

    July 9, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Looks like Governor Redneck is drinking regularly again.

    July 9, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry stood against "Stimulous" money and said Texas would sucede from the Union. Well guess what, Texas didn't sucede and Perry did take the Stimulous money, he'll do the same again. Perry isn't a Mormon, he's a Moron.

    July 9, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Publius Novus

    Perry proves the accuracy of James A. Michener's indictment of Texas settlers. Michener suggested that many of Texas' early settlers were prone to anomie. Clearly, Perry is a descendant of one such. "The idea that this federal government, which doesn't like Texas to begin with . . . ." Come on Rick. Have much of a self-esteem problem? Grow up!

    July 9, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Anuhs

    Is anyone actually surprised that the state of Texas, or Rick Perry, is going to "stand against" the ACA or really any new provisions that make things easier for the middle classes, the elderly, or future generations?

    July 9, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. tony

    I cant believe this guy is what texans truly believe in.

    July 9, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Jules

    Of course that is where you stand, Rick, why would you want the 25% uninsured in Texas to have healthcare insurance. Just keep calling yourself a Christian, maybe someday you will find out what it really means.

    July 9, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Since Texas would like to secede from just about everything, let's start cutting off Interstate funds, close all military bases there, no more FAA dollars to the state, for starters and oh when the next hurricane hits, allow Gov. Oops to handle it all in-house.

    July 9, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. David FORMER Native Texan

    Perry is (hopefully) the last moron in a line of moronic governors running the State of Texas. I got the heck outta that state when the Shrub was elected – good call on my part because look who came next: Rick Perry, the KING of morons. Sad thing is, most Texans do not care for this idiot, but somehow he continues to be re-elected term after term – probably the result of state GOP voter suppression and redistricting practices. The whole State is corrupt – not the people – the State. Best thing Texans could do for themselves is to show Perry and his cronies the door. Once Perry is gone, only then can Texas attempt to regain what has been stolen by the corrupt Texas GOP. And have you seen their education system? They're teaching creationism as well as attempting to staunch efforts by teachers to encourage students to think critically and independently. What as bass-ackwards place Texas has become – all due to Shrub and Perry.

    July 9, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. pabloinbama

    a new report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which ranked Texas dead last in terms of delivering health services, I take issue with this statement. I live in TX and we have some of the best healthcare facilities in the country. I never have to wait to see my doctor. Its very easy to get referrals and there is not much of a waiting period either. Even those on medicaid have a good deal in TX. I know. I was on medicaid for a while while i was unemployed. Granted, medicaid users have to go to certain clinic and hospitals but what can you expect when its free?

    July 9, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. LBAM

    It is so ironic that the GOP drafted the constitution for Iraq. In of the Articles, the constitution states that EVERY Iraqi gets free health care paid for with Americans TAx dime. Now for for Americans, No health care paid for my own dime. I wonder why?

    July 9, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. DorisV

    Perry is just a jerk. TX does have some world class health care facilities such as MD Anderson cancer center. However, if you don't have good, expensive health insurance you would still go bankrupt seeking a cure. Can't remember the name of the TX town but it has very expensive health care without good outcomes for patients. This has been reported on national news. As for Medicaid, well, most of the monies for that program are federal. Does he just want the poor to die? We need this reform and so does TX.

    July 9, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. ART

    Ladies and Gentleman I give you the dumbest man in politics Rick Perry

    July 9, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Patriot Awesome

    Ugh! This guy makes Bush look like member of Mensa.

    July 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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