Monday, July 9, 2012

Governor Perry Says HELL NO to Obamacare!!!

Moments like this are why I'm cutting Governor Perry infinite slack in the U.S. Senate Runoff.  Today, Governor Perry sent the following letter to Obama administration Health Care Commissar Kathleen Sebelius.  You can find the original letter here, but I'm gonna quote it in full: 
July 9,2012
The Honorable  Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. Department  of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 2020I
Dear Secretary Sebelius :
In the ObamaCare  plan, the federal government  sought to force the states to expand their
Medicaid  programs by * 
in the words of the Supreme Court 
putting  a gun to their heads. Now
that the "gun to the head" has been rernoved, please relay this message  to the President: I oppose
both the expansion of Medicaid  as provided in the Patient Protection  and Affordable  Care Act
and the creation  ofa so-called  "state" insurance exchange,  because both represenLbrazen
intrusions into the sovereignty  of our state.
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 ├žate." V/hat they would do is
make Texas a mere appendage  of the federal  government  when it comes to health  care.
The PPACA  does not truly allow states to create  and operate their own exchanges.  Instead, it
gives the federal  government  the final say as to which insurance plans can operate  in a so-called
"state" exchange, what benehts those plans must provide, and what price controls and cost limits
will apply. It leaves many questions to be answered later through federal "future rulemaking."
In short, it essentially  treats  the states  like subcontractors through  which the federal  government
can control the insurance markets and pursue federal priorities rather than those of the individual
Through its proposed expansion of Medicaid, the PPACA would  simply enlarge a broken system
that is already financially unsustainable. Medicaid  is a system of inflexible mandates,  one-sizefits-all requirements,  and wasteful, bureaucratic  inefficiencies. Expanding it as the PPACA
provides  would only exacerbate  the failure  of the current  system, and would threaten even Texas
with financial ruin.
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 unsound encroachments
will find no foothold  here.
Rick Perry
 (Author's Note: I apologize for the formatting issues.  That's why I posted the link to the original letter.)

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