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.


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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. jimmy. Tx

    Perry is so Anti-American. If he ever does get Texas to leave the Union he can rule his little country of Texas. At least until Mexico takes Texas because the United States of America won't bale him out.. Guess what Mr. Perry, I'm a texan and I want and am proud to be a United States citizen. I pray next go round you will be voted out. I did my part in last election. Maybe next time!!

    July 9, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. leon

    As a native Texan, I can tell you the truth. I have bc/bs(225 a month) and cannot afford to go to the dr. because of the deductible and high co-pays. My mother gets 485 a month ss and cannot qualify for medicaid in the state of Texas. This is real life folks whether you choose to believe it or not.The real losers in the equation are us folk that work but cannot get any help.the poor and the wealthy are taken care of in this nation, but the middle class are forced to die off due to monetary concerns.

    July 9, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. mcskadittle

    so texas won't accept money from the federal government to pay for expanded medicaid?

    July 9, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. WhereIsPalin

    "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."

    that is definitely a scary bunch......

    July 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Jim Hahn

    How did this idiot ever get elected governor? He's denying health care to the citizens of Texas to score points?

    July 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. mikle

    Good,Perry,good.

    July 9, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The many hospitals and the Chamber of Commerce will slap the oooops guy into line.

    July 9, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Being from Texas I can say this...Perry doesn't own Texas! Just wait until the medical centers (some of the best in the world) get a hold of him. He will back down,

    July 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Person of Interest

    Several interesting points here: Since I don't agree with a speed limit that was lowered from 55 to 45 on a state highway does this mean I don't have to comply with it? Pretty sure the law is the law even if you disagee with it. Our elected officials do enough law breaking behind the scenes, nice to see they are graduating to outright disdain for a lawful society.

    And lastly, "[The Federal Government] which doesn't like Texas to begin with,..." wtf are you talking about Perry? Why do Texans insist on this birthright of importance they bestow on themselves (I lived their for years)? And yes, I've seen the health care system in Texas. Not that great, esp if you're lower class. Missouri and Illinois is much much better (sadly). But at one of the Presidential debates you sat slightly when GOP people cheer about people dying in the streets because it was their choice not to have medical insurance, right (sarcasm)?

    July 9, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. MiddleClassTax?!?!

    "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."

    wern't these all people on the "who will Mitt pick" vp list?

    July 9, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    "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.

    Can anyone tell me what type of health insurance coverage the founding fathers had? Did it cover chemotherapy, organ transplants in vitro surgery…etc. or just the leaches and bloodletting? I am getting very tired of the right wingers preaching the ideology of a group men living in an agrarian economy with a very small population. Their principals, like owning other human beings and not allowing women the right to vote, were products of their age. And the term ‘limited government’ sounds great until your water supply gives you leukemia and bridges start collapsing. The size of government is proportional to the size of the population and the complexity of the services needed.

    July 9, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Oh, and just for kicks: go ahead and look up the study by Northwestern University that showed that TX's tort reform measures (a) did not reduce costs and (b) resulted in slightly more medical testing. The same study also showed that doctor job growth for doctors actually performing health care services declined in TX since 2003, once you factor in the number of doctors performing purely research and administrative functions and the number of doctors retiring and creating vacancies/job openings by leaving the profession (or swithcing to a non-health services role).

    July 9, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Name JR

    Wow a politician who gets it. Fight on Rick Perry.

    July 9, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Larry L

    As a Texan I've watched our state plunge to the depths of the statistics for educational excellence, with the Teavangelicals attacking science and history – replacing both with their version of Christianity. Our roads have gone from the best to the worst, with contracts given to those contributing the most to Perry's election coffers. The fracking oil boom is trashing our landscape and concerns for excessive water consumption and pollution are swept under the carpet. We have earthquakes now (large enough to feel) in places where fracking is practiced – another "non-issue" in the minds of politicians and our right-wing voting population. Perry's efforts to make political points by obstructing healthcare reform will cause Texans to fall even lower in that category – if that's even possible. Texans want every provision of the current law – except the responsibility to obtain an insurance policy. We want the protection – but we don't want to pay for it. We are now a really, really, red state. Fat and stupid.

    July 9, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. ted

    OK Rickie – you don't want to abide by the law. Then the federal government will shut off all services to your state including FEMA, national defense, subsidies to the rich oil companies, unemployhment, social security, etc. You are free to secede and don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way.

    July 9, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "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....."
    ====
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: TX = worst (just behind VA). The purpose of the study is literally to help state gov'ts understand the problems and disparities in health care provision and quality unique to their states so they can address them. Like a good conservative, Cowboy Fonzie is refusing to accept empirical data.

    Northwestern University study showed TX's 2003 tort reform DID NOT reduce costs and may have resulted in some slight increase in the number of medical tests being conducted on patients. Moreover, it also found that the number of doctors performing actual health care related services DECREASED, not increased, once you factor in the number of doctors filling purely research, administrative or consulting roles and the number that either retired or switched from caregiver to another role.

    Shall I go on?

    July 9, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. ohyeahreally

    ya. texas won't bow down to the oboma bribe... yeah.. free money from the gov.. wooooooo..
    except that "free" money isn't so free.. If texas accepted it .. they would have to fund TEXAS's state obligation... So I applaud him for not costing texas taxpayers a boatload of money.

    July 9, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. v_mag

    I'm as big a Texan as Little Ricky Perry any day. If he doesn't abide by the laws of America, of which Texas is still a part (despite Perry's bluster), he can bloody well go to jail. He is an embarrassment to Texas and puts my state in the running for the Stupid prize that has for so long been legacy of Republican-governed red states.

    And when I think about the $10K/month apartment he occupies, paid for by my taxes, my blood boils.

    July 9, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. curious

    Where is the humanity? Does a great country take pride in not providing it's citizen access to health care? American's should be proud of the fact that Obama Care means that millions of American children will now have the opportunity to see a doctor? A pox on you Governor.

    July 9, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Russ

    What a man!!! You'll see when you're voted out of office. hehe

    July 9, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. ragnar2012

    I think this is a brilliant move. All the people that will not qualify for medicaid will now have an incentive to move to a state that expands the program. This is a net win for both states. Very Good Job Guv! California here they come :)

    July 9, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. cedar rapids

    Perry then went on to say...'in fact we are getting rid of all doctors and replacing them with priests, and the official healthcare plan for Texas will be the laying on or hands and prayer.'

    July 9, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Darryl

    I feel really bad for the people who won't get medical care because of their state Govenors and elected officals personal views.It's not about Politics, it's about helping people from getting sick and dieing period.Our own Presidents mother couldn't get the proper Insurance because she could NOT afford it and died from Cancer. President Obama does NOT want that to happen to anyone else and now has made sure of it.I feel sorry for the people of Texas and the other people who are going to be denied health coverage by their State Leaders. VERY SAD !

    July 9, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Ken in MD

    Once again, Rick Perry proves that he is a moron. Hopefully all those Texans will vote him out and regain the healthcare they deserve.

    July 9, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. David in Houston

    I'm a Texan & I do not approve of this message.

    July 9, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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