Perry: Texas will stand against 'Obamacare'
July 9th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
2 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. incredulous

    I can't count the number of studies I've read/heard that outline the abysmal record Texas has on health care. The personal stories that come out of Texas are heartbreaking. There are people there dying for lack of access to good medical care and Perry seems to think this is something to be proud of.

    July 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Luke,AZ

    Republicans don't care about the poor and the middle class. Gov. Oops Perry would rather America fail than see President Obama successfully lead us into the 21st century. Vote out these regressive Republicans.

    July 9, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. deegee

    This native Texan is ready to say "Adios, MoFo!!!" to this fool/tool .
    Surely he's run his mouth enough this past year to finally make that a reality.

    And we thought George W. was bad.
    Next to Ranger Rick he looks like a genius.

    July 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Chumlee

    Perry did so very well running for the White House, now didn't he. An embarrassment, an idiot, a loser, and perhaps even a public drunk!

    Obama 2012

    July 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. cashmeremafia

    If Perry refuses the federal funds, does this mean other states will get a bigger share?

    July 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA has a FAILURE PROBLEM

    Malory Archer - 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.
    ==========================================================================================
    Since when were the lefties and Democrats soooo concerned about "free riders"? This group pretty much makes up most of your supporters!

    Obamacare has NOTHING to do with making people pay their far share. That amounts to only 1% of the people. The OTHER 14% that Obamacare will cover will be given free or government subsidized heathcare. Obamacare is a NEW GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM when the country is going bankrupt and in a recession. And it will WRECK what 85% of the people have and like for healthcare in the process.

    July 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Starfyre

    In TX a family of 3 (2 parents 1 kid) making more than $95 a week the parents would not qualify for adult medicaid, only the child. That is less than $5,000 a year. What this means is any adult who works can receive no help. Medicaid is not the safety net most of us have been led to believe it is, and buying insurance costs around $15,000 a year for one healthy adult, that is $10,000 more than the income limit, Perry does not care for the residents of TX unless they have a lot of money to give him!

    July 9, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Liberal's and Democrats want t run the Country but they want the Conservatives and Republicians to pay for it. Fat Chance.

    July 9, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. 1crusader

    It figures.One of the wealthiest states , and solidly GOP, is one of the worst on health care and education; all the while promulgating "states' rights".They don't seem to care about Texas' citizens who are caught in the middle, and suffer because of their ideology.It's time for the citizens to stand up and make Texas "blue" by voting for Obama/Biden .

    July 9, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Rob

    His decision is to put everyone with an existing condition on the Texas Health Risk Pool. That is run by BCBS with very high monthly premiums and very high deductibles. So you can make just enough money to not qualify for Medicaid but it's not enough to pay the risk pool prices for the care you need. Aka... your still screwed.

    July 9, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. 1twinsfan

    Wow, it really is true – Bush is the smarter of the two. Clearly, Perry has no idea how the ACA works.

    July 9, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. mcskadittle

    so what are the penalties for states that don't comply, I imagine they will be severe

    July 9, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. selfish how do middle class americans continue to vote for these people

    I just don't understand how Texans continue to vote for this selfish man

    July 9, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Logic in LA

    So the treasonous Governor of Texas now wants to subjugate Federal law. I know Texas is hot, dusty and because of poeple like him, undereducated. But why do they keep voting in these idiots?

    July 9, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    ""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."
    -------------------
    There they go again. A Republican pontificating about how they will not participate in the socailizing, destructive, blah blah blah. Republicans boycotted *all* of the committee meetings over the health care reform bill, which is why they began the chorus of "We don't know what's in it."

    I loved the comback line from Pelosi, "You have to pass the bill to find out what's in it." Take that!

    July 9, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    This man is willing to let people suffer and die because of his rightwing agenda shame on u mr perry

    July 9, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "I can't count the number of studies I've read/heard that outline the abysmal record Texas has on health care. "
    ------
    Well then... you should have no problem citing some of them for the class... waiting.....

    July 9, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Sniffit

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

    Yes, and as far as most of us are concerned, it's very much like a burst appendix. Useless to begin with and now dangerous to our well-being. Cut it off. Don't have the ballz to secede? We should just kick 'em out. Let's see how they like the fences and lack of federal money then.

    July 9, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Yomi Olalere

    Hey cut the guys a slack! Afterall, he has not forgotten which Court presided over the health care.

    Well Done Perry! You make your state proud!

    July 9, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    Will he PLEASE follow thru and secede from the US??

    July 9, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Rob

    I had my mother with me for 3yrs while she needed spinal surgery and I called 4 to 5 primary doctor offices before finding one that accepted Medicare and her secondary private insurance. Along with the pain and agony patients go through with spinal problems, there is mental injury from not being about to do simple activities like wipe your own behind. I never found a psychiatrist that would take Medicare and the list I worked off is the one from Medicare's own website. This was in Austin.

    Houston has world class health/research facilities and no one will deny that. The difference between having the facilities for people to get the treatment and a poor system to deliver the care to the people is what Perry is missing.

    July 9, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Liberal's and Democrats want t run the Country but they want the Conservatives and Republicians to pay for it. Fat Chance.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How much was your 2011 federal tax bill Ray? Mine was upwards of $20k. As a "liberal" "Democrat" I believe that means I'm paying for it.

    July 9, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Martin

    With all the money that Texas must be rolling in from Oil tax revenue, surely Perry should be able to afford to give everyone in the State free healthcare?

    They do in Alberta.

    July 9, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. mcskadittle

    the federal government doesn't like texas? really, the whole government?

    July 9, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Mikey

    Good. So the idiots who don't want federal intervention are going to refuse to create exchanges, leaving the Federal Government to step in and do it for them. They will foster more federal intervention and control of healthcare in their states. Better yet, if the Federal Government sets up exchanges that cover a bunch of states, that will be a good start toward a functioning public option when the opportunity arises to pass a law authorizing it.

    Thank you Rick Perry! And we appreciate the support of the conservatives on line. Perhaps we will have a healthcare system befiting a 1st world, 21st century nation some day.

    July 9, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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