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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rick Perry Doesn’t Like Obamacare, But Wants Obamacare Funds

Rick Perry Doesn’t Like Obamacare, But Wants Obamacare Funds

Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)  has been an unremitting critic of the president’s signature policy. But as his time in office nears its end, he is now negotiating with the Obama administration for $100 million in Obamacare funds for the state of Texas.

The Community First Choice clause, an elective component of the Affordable Care Act, “provides states choosing to participate in this option a six percentage point increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for providing community-based attendant service and support to beneficiaries who would otherwise be confined to a nursing home or other institution.”

Community First Choice would assist roughly 12,000 Texans, most of whom are elderly or disabled, and was approved by the Texas legislature and signed into law this year.

According to The Huffington Post, Texas has the “highest rate of uninsured in the country, at 25 percent or 6.2 million people.” The report goes on, “It also has the worst health care services and delivery in the nation according to the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.” Given these dismal statistics, Texas would undoubtedly benefit from receiving subsidies from the federal government to aid the state’s failing health care system.

Yet Governor Perry has repeatedly insisted that Texas would resist implementing Obamacare. In a 2012 interview with Fox NewsPerry declared, “If anyone was in doubt, we in Texas have no intention to implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, 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.”

According to Perry’s spokeswoman Allison Castle, Perry’s position has not changed. “The bottom line is it has nothing to do with Obamacare.” Castle said on Tuesday,  “There are no ‘talks’ or ‘negotiations.’”

This contradicts a statement made by a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, who told Politico on Tuesday, “Efforts are under way to develop and submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation.”

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  • Lynda Groom

    Is anyone surprised by this action?

  • charleo1

    Is there a God in Heaven? A positive indicator is this screwball is not
    President of the United States!

    • Nancy Oliver

      We’d be so much better off if he was!

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Someone told me there is a petition circulating that asks congress to kick Texas out of the United States (no, not the one where Texas is asking to secede – the other one). Where is it so we can sign it and get rid of these leeches that only want to suck federal funds without contributing to them.

    • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

      Maybe they can become part of Canada and Cruz can keep his Citizenship there and give up his citizenship here.

  • latebloomingrandma

    They will take this money and continue to blast Obamacare, while the people continue to believe the President is the devil. I keep waiting to wake up from this Alice in Wonderland nightmare.

    • Faraday_Cat

      No kidding…this is no wonderland…this is American McGee’s “Alice” (American is his first name, for those of you who have not heard of him).

  • Sand_Cat

    I have to agree that Texas is and has been “implementing policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more community options…” such as “serving” as governor.

    • Nancy Oliver

      Texas Governor is one of the least paid in the nation. Perry is by no means any exception except that he has always done what is best for Texas and listened to the people. He is one of us no matter what, where or how he acts.

      • Sand_Cat

        Obviously you missed the point.

  • gailillly

    Oh Perry wants funding for Obamacare for his state of Texas but then wants to continue to rank on president Obama for everything including the healthcare ace. You know what Perry, fuck you. You want what you want when you need it and after you get what you need you are back to being the fucking jerk that you really are. Who are you to ask Obama for anything they way you talk about him??? I know Obama won’t do it, but he ought to deny you and then see what the people of Texas think of you. You along with that moronic idiot Cruz have got people believing the ACA is no good, I am living proof that it WORKS AND if I didn’t have it to help me I wouldn’t be alive today. So THANK YOU MR. PRESDIENT AND THE GOOD LORD FOR GIVING ME BACK MY LIFE.

    • Nancy Oliver

      Texans still love our current Governor. Turn purple…Good luck with that…we are not stupid down here!

      • drdroad

        Most uninsured of ANY state in USA, and worst medical delivery system . Yep, sounds like a bunch of bright people!

  • 4sanity4all

    So this hypocrite wants to rail against the ACA, and not implement it fully, hurting countless numbers of Texans, but he wants to pick and choose to receive funds from part of the ACA? I hope if the funds are granted, that they come with a requirement that he accept every part of the ACA, and a requirement that he shut his mouth already.

  • Nancy Oliver

    Texas has sought permission to implement our plan since 2007, before obamacare. The Feds denied us. This is just another opening to gain that permission. Nothing more. To suggest it is is so preposterous it is laughable. Perry is not on board with obamacare any more today then he ever has been. Taking funds we don’t deserve? HA! Texas sends the most to DC and gets the least back. Texans fight for every dollar we do get. Just like West we had to fight like crazy for FEMA to do for us what they do for all others. Much FEMA funds we never got but we carried on anyway because Texans got busy. We spend millions to secure the greatest length of the border not only for Texans but for the entire nation. More than what empty promises or throwing paperwork has done for others, but we don’t deserve funds to repay us? Texas being thrown out..HAHAHAHA…GO FOR IT! Texas will fair the best and by golly we are getting dang tired of propping up this entire nation.

    • drdroad

      This poster must have gone to a Texas school! Sad to see a mind so wasted.

      • Nancy Oliver

        Haha! Point Elementary-Oakville, Mo; Oakville Jr High-Oakville, Mo; Fox Senior High-Arnold, Mo (3 yrs.); Greenville High (Bond Co Unit 2) Greenvilke, Il.; Greenville College-Greenvilke, Il.; Baylor U and here’s where I hang my hat…outside of some brush up courses.

    • CooofNJ

      Uh, you are absolutely wrong on so many measures it hurts. I looked it up. Texas doesn’t rank first in anything related to taxes. It sends in (as a state) less taxes than NY and California; it sends in per capita about average; it receives back from the Feds just about exactly what it sends in; and on and on. I lived in Texas for several years and all I can say is that you confirm my conclusion that Texans are delusional.