How much more abuse from Republican politicians are Americans willing to put up with?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he will not implement ‘Obamacare’ provisions such as the Medicaid expansion and the insurance exchanges. The decision could mean that Texas ultimately loses an opportunity to cover half of its uninsured residents and relinquishes to the federal government more control over its health care system.
After informing the Obama administration of his intentions in a letter, Perry went on Fox News to explain his position. “If anyone had any doubt, we wanted to put it clearly to bed that Texas wasn’t going to be a part of expanding socializing of our medicine,” he said. “So we’re not going to participate in any exchanges. We’re not going to expand Medicaid.”
One in four Texans are uninsured, the highest rate of any state. The Medicaid expansion would cover 49.4 percent of uninsured Texans by 2019, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The program is broadened to cover Americans within 133 percent of the poverty line — currently the eligibility for a working Texan parent cuts off at 27 percent. The federal government will cover the full cost of the first three years and pay 90 percent thereafter.
Sad. You’ve got to feel for the people of Texas that they’re stuck with this ignorant prick for a governor. When asked what his decision means for the one in four Texans who have no health insurance, Perry said:
We’ve got some of the finest health care in the world. So the idea that this federal government, which doesn’t like Texas to begin with, to pick and choose and come up with some data and say somehow Texas has the worst health care system in the world is just fake and false on its face.
Typical response from a conservative who doesn’t like hard data or evidence that does not support his own delusional beliefs. Claim the data false, attack those who produced the data and then deflect the discussion in some unrelated way. Debate over.
Let’s be clear – if you’re an American and part of the lower 95 percent of wager earners who are intending on voting for any Republican this November, then you are either a terribly misinformed citizen or a terribly ignorant individual…or both. And if you are in that top 5 percent and plan on voting Republican, then you are either a terribly misinformed citizen or a heartless bastard…or both.