Gov. Rick Perry Calls ObamaCare ‘One Size Fits All Health Care,’ Says We Need to Preserve Freedom
Today, Governor Rick Perry sent a letter to the Obama administration saying that Texas will not implement some key provisions of the health care overhaul, including the Medicaid expansion and the state exchanges.
Perry joined Happening Now to discuss the letter, saying, “We’re just not going to be a part of, again, socializing health care in the state of Texas and going in direct conflict with what our founding fathers’ wishes and freedom for that matter. People need to be free to make those decisions about their health care, not be forced by this administration into these exchanges or into bankrupting states with the expansion of Medicaid.”
If Perry doesn’t set up the state exchanges, the federal government promises they will step in and do that anyway, but Jenna Lee asked him why he would allow to give them that power. Perry asserted, “The federal government was serious about working with the states and finding solutions to the health care needs, what they would do is block grant those dollars back to the states. I can assure you that Texas and other states would find more effective, efficient ways to deliver health care to their citizens and do it in a way that preserved those individuals’ freedom.”
In discussing a solution for Texas, Perry said, “Every Texan has health care in this state from the standpoint of being able to have access to health care ... How we pay for it and how we deliver it should be our decision, not some bureaucrat in Washington D.C., who may have never been in Texas a day in their life, or for that matter in any of the other 49 states trying to mandate this one size fits all health care.”
He concluded, “I’m still stunned that there weren’t enough courageous men and women in the United States Congress to stand up and say ‘This is bad public policy; it is going to exacerbate the problem in the states.' It’s going to cost the states more money, and it is going to bankrupt many states, including the state of Texas, if this thing gets put into place the way that they envisioned it, to begin with.”